Introduction to the Major

Our undergraduate curriculum provides the opportunity to learn how to analyze language. Although Linguistics is not the same as the study of many languages, our coursework exposes students data from many languages and offers students many opportunities to showcase their knowledge of a variety of languages.

After a few required courses, a student's program of study can be tailored to their interests in the areas of formal linguistic theory, second language acquisition, language variation, and historical Indo-European linguistics. In all, majors will take a total of 8 upper-level Linguistics courses to earn their degree.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of Linguistics, most of our courses will also earn you credit in subjects such as English, Spanish, French, German, Communication Sciences, or Comparative Literature, making Linguistics one of the easiest additions as a second major.

Click here for a full description of degree requirements.

Declaring a Major or Minor in Linguistics

The process is simple. You only need to provide certain information to the Franklin College Advisors' Office in person at Memorial Hall or by email, which can be found with other information on their website.

Career Opportunities

Majoring in linguistics gives students valuable intellectual skills such as analytical reasoning, critical thinking, argumentation, and clarity of expression. More specifically, this means that students will have gained the ability to make insightful observations, formulate testable hypotheses, generate predictions, make arguments, draw conclusions, and communicate findings to a wider audience. Many commercial operations are welcoming to linguists, such as advertising, journalism, and especially the computing industry, where linguists can operate in speech recognition and analysis, natural language processing, or artificial intelligence. Governmental organizations like the Foreign Service, the FBI, the NSA, or the CIA, are eager employers of those with skills in languages and linguistics.

The University of Georgia Career Center has compiled a very useful document for Linguistics majors to discover potential routes for success in utilizing their degree.

Linguistics majors are also well-equipped for a variety of graduate-level and professional programs from Linguistics and Communication Sciences to applied fields such as language instruction or interpretation. In fact, you may wish to apply to a related graduate program at UGA. For example:

•  Linguistics

•  Artificial Intelligence

•  Communication Science and Disorders

•  Language and Literacy Education

Updated: 1/23/2015