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Why Major in Linguistics (and What Does a Linguist Do)?

Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Many topics fall under this umbrella. At the heart of linguistics is an understanding of:

  • the unconscious knowledge that humans have about language
  • how children acquire language
  • the structure of language in general and of particular languages
  • how languages vary
  • how language influences the way in which we interact with each other and think about the world (more)
Language Study

Language Study in the Age of Globalization

Knowing another language enriches your personal life, expands the range of professional opportunities open to you, and increases your power to act as a citizen of the world. At the college level you can begin a new language or build on your knowledge of a language that you have already studied. College may also be the first chance you will have to study languages such as Russian, Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic. Forget the myth that you have to learn languages as a child: in the classroom young adults can be faster and more effective learners than small children. (more)


Knowing Other Languages Brings Opportunities

More and more businesses work closely with companies in other countries.They need many different kinds of workers who can communicate in different languages and under- stand other cultures. Knowing more than one language enhances opportunities in government, business, law, medicine and health care, teaching, technology, the military, communications, industry, social service, and marketing. An employer will see you as a bridge to new clients or customers if you know a second language. (more)