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Overview for Linguistics

A program that focuses on language, language development, and relationships among languages and language groups from a humanistic and/or scientific perspective. Includes instruction in subjects such as psycholinguistics, behavioral linguistics, language acquisition, sociolinguistics, mathematical and computational linguistics, grammatical theory and theoretical linguistics, philosophical linguistics, philology and historical linguistics, comparative linguistics, phonetics, phonemics, dialectology, semantics, functional grammar and linguistics, language typology, lexicography, morphology and syntax, orthography, stylistics, structuralism, rhetoric, and applications to artificial intelligence.

Careers for Linguistics Majors

A major in Linguistics is highly relevant for the following careers. National averages for wages in each career is provided.

Colleges Offering a Major in Linguistics

Top 50 U.S. Colleges with the highest percentage of Linguistics among the 2008-2009 graduating class.

AddInfoCollege Name Degrees Awarded/
California State University-Monterey Bay
Seaside, CA
Less Selective$13,218 
University of Hawaii at Hilo
Hilo, HI
Moderately Selective$14,392 
Reed College
Portland, OR
Highly Selective$37,960 
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Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA
Most Selective$37,860 
Earlham College
Richmond, IN
Less Selective$35,164 
Lawrence University
Appleton, WI
Moderately Selective$34,596 
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Most Selective$39,381 
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Macalester College
Saint Paul, MN
Highly Selective$38,174 
Georgetown University
Washington, DC
Most Selective$39,036 
University of California-Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Less Selective- 
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Degrees awarded represents the number of bachelor's degrees awarded among the 2008-2009 graduating class.