College of Letters and Science
- Bachelor of Arts
Are you interested in the study of language structure? Linguists investigate how people obtain their knowledge about language, how this knowledge interacts with other cognitive processes, how it varies across speakers and geographic regions, and how to model this knowledge computationally. They study how to represent the structure of the various aspects of language (such as sounds or meaning), how to account for different linguistic patterns theoretically, and how the different components of language interact with each other.
You will begin with an introductory course in linguistics and coursework in the foreign language of your choice. At the upper-division level, you will study advanced grammar, linguistic analysis, syntax and other technical topics; you will also, depending on your personal focus, take courses in other disciplines to complement your study. These courses include offerings such as anthropological linguistics, linguistic analysis of specific languages and the philosophy of language.
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