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Linguistics BA

(HEGIS: 15.05 LINGUISTICS, CIP: 16.0102 Linguistics)

Why study Linguistics BA at UB?

Students in linguistics receive training in many skills, including analytical thinking, hypothesis formulation, experiment design, and corpus analysis. Linguistics interdigitates with many other disciplines, such as computer science, FL instruction, anthropology, speech and hearing sciences, forensics, and neuroscience. Because of this multifaceted nature, career opportunities arise in industry (artificial intelligence, speech recognition), education (ESOL, teacher training), research (as university professor), language documentation and fieldwork, government (defense and security, diplomatic agencies), and business (advertising, marketing).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will:

  • demonstrate a beginner-level understanding of the basic concepts associated with phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics and also apply basic analytical methods from each of these domains to analyze linguistic data.
  • demonstrate an intermediate-level understanding of key concepts in the study of sound systems and methods of phonetic and phonological analysis. Students will apply these methods and concepts to produce and transcribe speech sounds and analyze sound systems.
  • demonstrate an intermediate-level understanding of key concepts in the study of word and sentence structure and methods of morphological and syntactic analysis. Students will apply these methods and concepts to analyze word and sentence structure.
  • identify ways that different kinds of meaning are encoded linguistically and apply multiple methods for analyzing meaning from a major subfield of linguistics such as semantics, sociolinguistics, or linguistic anthropology.
  • will apply tools from several domains of linguistic analysis to understand and analyze the linguistic patterns of a specific language.

The Learning Environment

The program in Linguistics offers a variety of courses types from large lecture classes to small seminars. Many of the more advanced undergraduate courses are combined with graduate offerings, allowing undergraduates to get early exposure to graduate-style coursework. Faculty also regularly offer independent studies for students interested in areas that do not match the program's regular offerings. The program provides a capstone experience through a senior seminar on field methods, where students work with a speaker of a language that is unfamiliar to them to learn about its grammar. It also offers an internship program where students learn about language teaching in local public schools.

About Our Facilities

The Department of Linguistics is housed in Baldy Hall, and has several dedicated classrooms and meeting spaces. The department also holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate our program’s different class structures. Members of the faculty also maintain their own research labs to support work in areas such as phonetics and computational linguistics.

About Our Faculty

The faculty of the Linguistics department includes internationally known and respected scholars whose research specializations include phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, typology, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, sociolinguistics and historical linguistics. Faculty work on a variety of languages including German, Japanese and Korean as well as languages of the Americas, Africa and the Pacific.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Linguistics department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Students completing a BA have gone on to law school, medical school, speech and hearing sciences, library sciences, as well as done graduate work within theoretical and applied linguistics. They have also found employment teaching English in countries such as France, Thailand, Korea, Japan, and China and in the fields of publishing, literacy development, marketing, public service organizations, and language technology. Careers open to students with linguistics degrees include:

  • Computational linguistics
  • Editing
  • Educational policy
  • English as a second language instruction
  • Foreign service
  • Journalism
  • Language teaching
  • Law
  • Law Enforcement
  • Multicultural services
  • Translation and interpretation

Academic Advising

Academic Advising within Linguistics is done by the Directors of Undergraduate Studies. There are Directors assigned to Linguistics and the Chinese, German, Japanese, and Korean language programs. Students with questions about degrees within Linguistics should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Linguistics, and those with questions about the Chinese, German, Japanese, and Korean programs should consult with the Directors in charge of those programs. Students interested in one of the Languages and Linguistics concentrations within the Linguistics major are welcome to consult with either the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Linguistics or the Director in charge of the relevant language program.

Academic Advising Contact Information

The Director of Undergraduate Studies for Linguistics is Dr. Robert Hoeing. His office hours are regularly posted outside his office, 639 Baldy Hall. The most effective way to reach him outside of office hours is by email.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students in this program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:

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Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:50:27