The minor in linguistics unlocks the principles of the most basic and universal of human symbol systems. Students will explore the very nature of language: how it is acquired, how it is used, and how it changes across time and space.

Psychology student and professor work together at a whiteboard


What You'll Study

“A word after a word after a word is power.”


Speaking my language

From computer science to theater and literature, faculty bring a diverse, interdisciplinary approach to the linguistics field.

Jane Childers
Jane Childers, Ph.D.
Program Director
Professor, Psychology
Rocio Delgado
Rocio Delgado, Ph.D.
Professor, Education
Andrew Hansen
Andrew Hansen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Human Communication and Theatre
Mark C. Lewis
Mark C. Lewis, Ph.D.
Professor, Computer Science
Headshot of Elaine Wong
Elaine Wong, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor

Student Opportunities

Research, in your own words

Student Projects

Students complete projects in multiple departments including computer science, psychology, education and communication. Projects include creating code, testing young children, studying bilingualism or examining communication patterns within and across cultures.


Students have opportunities to conduct and present research at regional and national academic and student leadership conferences.

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When You Graduate

Speak for yourself

Armed with strong writing, research, and critical thinking skills, graduates with a linguistics minor may pursue professional paths across a wide array of disciplines and career fields.


Graduates can put cognitive studies to words through careers in languages, technical communication, and various business sectors.

Career Areas:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Bilingual Education
  • Business
  • Field Linguistics
  • Law
  • Modern Languages
  • Museum Curatorship
  • Neurobiology
  • Semantics




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