We know a great deal about our own language that cannot readily be put into words. This is where linguistics comes in: it develops a theory that spells out that knowledge in a clear and coherent fashion. At the same time, linguists address questions such as: How do children acquire language? What do languages have in common and how are they different? How does language function in society?
A concentration in linguistics includes the study of the sounds and sound patterns of languages of the world (phonetics and phonology), the structure of sentences (syntax) and texts (discourse analysis), language change (historical linguistics) and variation (sociolinguistics), structural classification of languages (typology), language processing and first language acquisition (psycholinguistics), and the study of the historical development of linguistics as a discipline (history of linguistics).
The concentration in linguistics prepares you for advanced graduate study in linguistics and related fields. Our graduates have also been successful in pursuing careers in language-related areas such as translation, language teaching, software and publishing industries.