The linguistics section of the department offers programs of study leading to BA, MA, and PhD degrees in linguistics, including both an undergraduate major and minor. Throughout our program, the focus is on developing a rigorous theoretical understanding what it is to know and use a language.
Our faculty have interests in the traditional core areas of linguistic theory, in experimental and field research, and in particular languages. Our undergraduate major equips students to think about language in a precise and scientific way, and many undergraduates become involved in research at an early stage. Some undergraduates and MA students have gone on to graduate programs at the most prominent linguistics programs in the world. Our own graduate students are extensively trained both as researchers and as teachers, and many graduate alumni have moved on to successful linguistic careers.
We are not primarily devoted to research in language teaching. That is centered in programs such as Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) and Second Language Studies.