The Bachelor of Science in Linguistics allows you to explore all the many and varied aspects of the structure and use of human language.
The Linguistics major includes a range of courses in the structure, use, acquisition, and historical roots of language. Our courses mirror the diverse field of linguistics, including the study of sound, words, sentence structure, meaning (both literal and contextual), language and mind, language use and acquisition, and language in its social and cultural context.
While pursuing this degree, students are invited to be involved in linguistics research on a topic of their choosing. Such research is done with the caring mentorship of a faculty member and often culminates with a presentation at the Undergraduate Research Symposium and/or a regional or national linguistics conference. We fully support the Honors College, with opportunities for support of Honors research projects and theses. Our program has many strong ties with local linguistics programs, and we encourage active student participation in such activities as discussion groups and workshops. There are also opportunities to work with faculty on linguistics projects, including the Jewish Life and Language in Southeast Michigan research project, plus many other opportunities in all fields of linguistics.
We’ve placed students in leading Ph.D. programs in Linguistics (and other fields).
Linguistics students in our program have also gone on to many interesting careers, including: Linguistics Professor, Law, Language teaching (in the US and abroad), Language documentation, Lexicographer, Translation, Interpreter, Editing and/or writing, technical writer, Information technology, Neuroscience, Computer science, computational linguistics, natural language processing, Speech recognition speech synthesis, Speech and Hearing Science (speech pathologist/therapist, audiologist), Language Arts Teaching, Librarian, Psychology/Philosophy/Anthropology/Sociology, Advertising, Dialect Coaching