The English Major: Concentration in Linguistics

The English Major with a concentration in linguistics allows students to explore the scientific study of language. This concentration is recommended for anyone interested in understanding the principles that underlie language. As language scientists, linguists study how people turn thoughts into sentences. They explore such diverse topics as grammar, dialects, language history, sound systems, language acquisition, and language and the brain, among other areas. Linguistics is deeply interdisciplinary, having ties to anthropology, cognitive science, education, foreign language, philosophy, and psychology. Completing the English major with a concentration in linguistics can make a student uniquely suited for a number of different professions—for example, law, medicine, education, writing, government service (such as the FBI), professional translation, or diplomacy. Linguistics majors have entered diverse fields upon graduation: speech therapy, technical writing, language-related software development, law, and neurological medicine.

Students pursuing the concentration in Linguistics must complete 42 hours of eligible EH courses at the 200-, 300-, and 400-level. For further information about degree requirements and eligible courses, see the UAB Course Catalog.

If You Have Questions
  • Academic Advisors for the College of Arts and Sciences can guide you toward your degree in English; their offices are located in HUC 318, and their phone number is (205) 975-0097.
  • For course offerings, check the online class schedules.
  • For other questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Director of Linguistics, Humanities Building 213A, (205) 934-8588, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Director of Undergraduate Studies, Humanities Building room 207G, (205) 934-8570.

While every effort is made to keep information on the Department of English web site as accurate and up-to-date as possible, students are responsible for verifying course requirements and program status by seeing the appropriate university advisor(s) and program director(s).