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Getting Started

  • Take LING 1069 - Bad Words & Taboo Terms & LING 1200 - Intro Study Language
  • Discuss plans & explore interests with your advisor
  • Familiarize yourself with the Degree Dashboard system
  • Begin secondary language courses to complete the B.A. language requirement

Making Progress

  • Take LING 4010 - Intro Phonetics and Phonology & LING 4020 - Intro to Syntax
  • Determine your interests: TESOL, Computational Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, etc.
  • Choose minor courses that complement Linguistics such as Computer Science, Criminology, or language courses offered in the Department of World Languages & Cultures
  • Follow up with your advisor

Finishing Up

  • Participate in the Senior Capstone & TESOL Practicum
  • Take courses on the structure of other language families
  • Meet with your advisor to make sure you're completing all requirements


Getting Started

Making Progress

Finishing Up

Knowledge & Skills

Getting Started

Making Progress

  • Concentrate on your favorite area of linguistics in advanced courses
  • Gain practical experience through internships & volunteer opportunities; watch for the Linguistics/TESOL opportunity email
  • Attend UUSCIL and URS
  • Broaden your skill set by speaking with faculty & taking courses that complement linguistics & your interests

Finishing Up

  • Complete a research project through UROP or URS
  • Consider an independent study to refine your learning & broaden your knowledge base


Getting Started

  • Try an area of linguistics you've never heard of
  • Attend Plazafest & explore student clubs
  • Explore minors to complement linguistics
  • Find out what interests you by speaking with other students, faculty, and alumni

Making Progress

  • Take on a leadership position in a club or start your own
  • Attend department events: LCU, Colloquia, UUSCIL
  • Decide what path you want to take for your major
  • Speak to your academic advisor to find Gen Ed courses that connect linguistics to other disciplines
  • Explore the A-Z index on to find new opportunities & experiences

Finishing Up

  • Apply what you've learned with an Honor's thesis, Capstone, UROP, or other research activities
  • Present linguistics to a school group or lead a NACLO practice session


Getting Started

  • Attend LCU, colloquia, & career path events to learn how you can make a difference with linguistics
  • Learn about careers pursued by linguistics alumni
  • Meet with your advisor to map out an impact plan
  • Learn about the TESOL certificate

Making Progress

Finishing Up

  • Use UROP & the Senior Capstone to translate what you've learned into meaningful projects that extend beyond your undergraduate career
  • Present at UUSCIL, URS, & other conferences


Getting Started

  • Meet with a Career Coach
  • Attend department colloquia & connect with faculty/presenters
  • Start researching opportunities provided by the LSA

Making Progress

  • Review & edit your resume
  • Attend career events on campus
  • Discuss career options & paths with faculty
  • Speak to alumni about their career paths
  • Read the department newsletter

Finishing Up

  • Polish your resume & tailor it to jobs of interest
  • Practice mock interviews
  • Talk to faculty to get letters of recommendation & application strategies

Start Your Career Journey

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About the Major

Linguistics is the scientific study of language, one of the defining aspects of being human. As a linguistics major at the U, you will examine how we learn language, how we use it in our daily lives, and how it is structured in our minds. Linguistics informs a wide variety of human concerns. You will have the opportunity to apply your studies to real world issues. Such issues include: education, foreign-language teaching as well as nonstandard dialects in the classroom, the use of technology through speech recognition and artificial intelligence, health care practices through diagnosis and treatment of language disorders, and/or incorporation of the interpretation of legal language and the significance of linguistic evidence. You will also explore language's place in a diverse society, the role of multilingualism and protections for endangered languages and minority dialects.

In addition to gaining a foundational understanding of the scientific approach to language, you can personalize your major based on your interests, passions, and future goals. You can take courses like computational linguistics, language and social justice, language acquisition by children or adults, psycholinguistics, second-language teaching, and advanced courses in syntax, phonology, and semantics. The linguistics program at the U also offers a certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and provides a variety of opportunities for hands-on research experience with faculty members. In learning to analyze languages, you will also develop reasoning, critical thinking, analysis, and written and verbal communication skills that prepare you to be highly competitive in today's job market.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain competency in research techniques commonly used in linguistics.
  • Work with linguistic data to create a rigorous analysis.
  • Communicate your own analyses of linguistic data to a broader audience.
  • Use the study of linguistics to understand language, people, and society as a whole.
  • Engage in a meaningful learning experience that prepares you for your long-term goals.

Plan & Prepare

At the U, we plan for our students to have an exceptional Educational Experience identified by four broad categories we call the Learning Framework: Community, Knowledge & Skills, Transformation, and Impact. This major map will help you envision, explore, design, and plan your personalized Exceptional Education Experience with the Learning Framework at the core. In addition to assisting you in planning your coursework and navigating the requirements of your major, this map will help you incorporate other kinds of experiences to expand your knowledge, support your development, and prepare you for the future you want.

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Last Updated: 4/12/22