Major & Minor

Linguistics Lounge 'phrase of the week' in many languages

Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. Our courses explore:

  • How principles govern the structure of natural languages 
  • How people use language in social interaction
  • How children and adults acquire languages
  • How languages change over time

You should major in linguistics if you enjoy learning about language. The major in linguistics prepares you for a variety of careers by providing courses that require problem-solving and data analysis; strong communication skills; independent, self-motivated work ethic; critical reading and argumentation skills; and sensitivity to and the ability to work with culturally diverse individuals and groups. The Linguistic Society of America has published an in-depth article about careers for people who study linguistics.

The Institute of Linguistics offers two routes of study: a BA and a minor in linguistics.

BA in Linguistics

The Institute of Linguistics curriculum guides you in how to study language scientifically. You will develop skills that have general applications, including critical thinking, analytical reasoning, argumentation, and effective communication. Students who major in linguistics often go on to pursue careers or higher education in the fields of linguistics or related fields such as computer science, law, marketing, or any other field that requires the skills above.

Requirements for a BA in Linguistics

Minor in Linguistics

A minor in linguistics provides students with the option of supplementing their major degree with the skills involved in the scientific study of human language. A minor in linguistics would complement a wide array of majors, including speech-language-hearing sciences, psychology, sociology, computer science, philosophy, child development, cultural studies, foreign language studies, and many others.

Requirements for Linguistics Minor