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Linguistics is the theoretical study of language. This degree prepares students for careers in speech therapy, Bible translation, law, research, and more. Common double majors include TESL, TEFL, computer science, biblical and theological studies, journalism, and reconciliation studies.

Why should I study linguistics?

Language and communication are vital parts of our human interaction. Studying linguistics is about understanding the role that language plays in our communication. This study lays the foundation for the specialized fields of language acquisition, socio-linguistic studies, translation, and more. This major is perfect for students fascinated by languages and communication in general.

What can I do with this degree?

Common sectors where linguistics majors begin their careers include nonprofit and for-profit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies. Common career opportunities include:

  • Speech therapy
  • Translation, including Bible translation
  • Teaching
  • Computer-mediated language learning
  • Publishing
  • Advertising and branding
  • Technical writing
  • Law enforcement and consultation

What skills will I develop?

With a degree in linguistics, you will be able to:

  • Understand the role of language in communication and development
  • Understand the impact of language within cultures and societies
  • Develop introductory skills in at least three languages
  • Learn to conduct qualitative research and analyze findings
  • Cultivate cultural awareness
  • Collaborate with fellow students and linguists in the field
  • Teach yourself another language in an immersion context
  • Understand and apply the building blocks of language  

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

  • This program is completed in partnership with SIL-UND in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the organization that trains Wycliffe Bible translators and missionaries.
  • Because the program requires two summers of courses completed on-campus at SIL-UND, linguistics majors graduate in three years or pursue another major.
  • Students can become a linguistics tutor in the department.

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