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    Rebekah Kummer

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    DeJordique Pearson

    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.

This program 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.

Major Concentration

To complete a major in English with a concentration in Linguistics you must complete 42 hours of eligible English courses at the 200-, 300-, and 400-level.

A complete list of major requirements, courses, and a proposed four-year program of study for the Linguistics concentration are available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.

Minor Concentration

You must take 18 hours of eligible English courses at the 300- or 400-level.

A complete list of minor requirements and courses is available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.

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.

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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.


Do you want to learn more about the study of linguistics, its uses in everyday life, the science behind it, or the many career opportunities it gives? Explore these websites:


David Basilico
Director of Linguistics
University Hall 5037
(205) 934-8588

Margaret Jay Jessee
Director of Undergraduate Studies
University Hall 5055
(205) 975-3751