What Are Our Students Doing Now?

""DeJordique Pearson never planned to be an English teacher in Vietnam, but he quickly fell in love with his "backup country." Read more about DeJordique.

""One month after graduation, Rebekah Kummer landed a job as a Technical Writer/Editor II at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. Read more about Rebekah.

The English major with a concentration in linguistics allows you to explore the scientific study of language. This concentration is recommended for anyone interested in understanding the principles that underlie language. You can chose an English major with a concentration in Linguistics or a minor in Linguistics.

What Will I Study?

As a language scientist, you will study how people turn thoughts into sentences. You will 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, computer science, and psychology.

What About My Career?

Completing the English major with a concentration in linguistics can make a student uniquely suited for a number of different professions — law, medicine, education, writing, government service (such as the FBI), professional translation, or diplomacy, to name a few. Our linguistics students have entered diverse fields upon graduation: speech therapy, technical writing, language-related software development, law, and neurological medicine.


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