What Can I Do With a Major In Linguistics?

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Explore this Major

Learn more about a major in linguisticsAll liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and linguistics majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include the ability to problem solve and perform data analysis, communicate effectively and work with culturally diverse individuals.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "AIS" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.

 

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Graduate Programs in Linguistics

This is a small sample of programs alumni have gone onto, to find graduate programs in this field, search the Grad School Directory or Peterson's Guide.

  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Maryland
  • UMass Amherst
  • MIT
  • UCLA
  • University of Texas
  • Texas A&M
  • University of Southern California
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of California at Santa Cruz
  • Ohio State University
  • Yale University
  • Harvard University
  • University of Hawaii
  • Oxford University
  • University of Edinburgh

Alumni Career Examples

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 

Communications & Media

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Communications Intern, the Academic Health Center, U of MN
  • Communications Intern, 3M
  • Translation Intern, Pioneer Bible Translators
  • Social Media Intern, Team Clermont
  • Intern, The Society Pages
  • Performing Arts Intern, Walker Art Museum

Entry-Level

  • Digital Communications Assistant, U of MN
  • Social Media Consultant, Open Minds in Selangor, Malaysia
  • Development and Communications Specialist, Urban Boatbuilders

Experienced

  • Owner, Nth Degree Creative LLC
  • Senior Technical Writer, Kovarus
  • Technical Writer, Datalink

Graduate Programs

  • PhD Human Language Technologies, University of Edinburgh
Business

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Marketing Intern, Alliance Francaise de Minneapolis
  • Marketing Analyst Intern, Sysco Asian Foods
  • Intern, Groupon Malaysia
  • Project Management Intern, LUZ, Inc

Entry-Level

  • Operations Analyst, Cargill
  • Global Human Resources Team, JSR Corporation
  • Loan Specialist 3, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
  • Commissions Coordinator and Financing Specialist, Lutheran Brotherhood Securities
  • Consultant, ITI Scotland Limited
  • Marketing Assistant, Roy L. Nordenstrom & Sons
  • Technical Documentation Manager, Beckhoff Automation
  • Customer Operations Specialist, General Mills
  • Group Manager, Fingerhut
  • Curriculum Developer, Digi International

Experienced

  • Vice President eCommerce, Gander Mountain*
  • Director of Global Customer Experience, eBay*
  • VP of Learning & Leadership Development, Prudential Financial*
  • Business Planning Analyst, General Mills
Education

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Intern, Duluth Library Foundation
  • Study Abroad Intern, Learning Abroad Center (UMN)

Entry-Level

  • Teaching Assistant, Metro North Adult Basic Educ
  • Student Services Specialist, U of MN
  • Program Associate, Learning Abroad Center, Univ of MN
  • Research Assistant, U of MN College of Pharmacy
  • Curriculum Assistant, Law School at Univ of MN

Experienced

  • Librarian, Houston Public Library*
  • Adjunct Faculty, Century College*
  • Director of Institutional Relations & Diversity Initiatives at Learning Abroad Center, Univ of MN*
  • Sign Language Interpreter, Univ of MN
  • Professor, Stanford University*
  • Professor, University of California at Irvine*
  • President, Youth Music Education Foundation

Graduate Programs

  • M.Ed. in Second Language Education, University of Minnesota
Government & Law

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Legal Intern, Lehmann & Lutter, P.A.
  • Diversity Intern, Met Council
  • Immigration Services Intern, International Institute of Minnesota
  • Research Intern, Center for Homicide Research

Entry-Level

  • Claims Agent, U.S. Dept of Veteran Affairs
  • Records Management Assistant, MN Dept of Transportation

Experienced

  • Child Support Enforcement Agent, Ramsey County Attorney's Office

Graduate Programs

  • JD, Mitchell Hamline
  • Master of International Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • Master of Public Affairs, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

 

The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.