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Students in linguistics scientifically study languages of all kinds. Offering a flexible selection of courses, linguistics will help you develop the analytical and observational skills necessary to understand how language influences society and cultures around the world. Courses in linguistics cover the methods of analyzing language, roles of languages in societies, word formation processes, mechanisms of producing speech sounds, as well as broader skills such as systematic observation and description, and communicating clearly.

Students learn ear training for discriminating speech sounds and analyze parts of speech, constituent phrases, sentence structure, representations, ambiguity, and applications of current theory. Linguistics also offers a minor to complement other areas of study.

All liberal arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to managerial success:  communicating and listening well, possessing insights into others, creative/critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to make connections across complex ideas.

Degree in 3

Motivated, driven students can complete this major in three years. Degree in 3 allows students to enter the work force or graduate school a year earlier while also providing a cost-effective way to complete an undergraduate degree. Degree in 3 offers a great combination of cost-savings and the opportunity to accelerate your future and achieve your goals.

Plan of Study

Linguistics Webpage

Transfer to Linguistics

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Contact Information

Undergraduate Student Recruitment Office
(765) 494-6291

College of Liberal Arts

Careers in Linguistics

  •   Teacher
  •   Editor
  •   Speech
  •   User Interface Designer
  •   Lexicographer
  •   Speech recognition
  •   Artificial Intelligence
  •   Translation
  •   Interpretation
  •   Cryptology

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