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Master of Arts in Linguistics

College of Arts and Sciences


Name: Richard Hallett
Phone: (773)442-5879
Link: Department Website


The Linguistics Department offers a Master of Arts in general and applied linguistics. Students are trained to critically examine and analyze the world within and around them through language. Our dynamic curriculum combines core studies in the structure of language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics) with current approaches in sociolinguistics, language acquisition, psycholinguistics, language contact and bilingualism, World Englishes, endangered languages, discourse analysis, and identity. Our language documentation and revitalization strand focus on Native American languages, with special focus on Siouan languages.

Is this for me?

This program is for you if you want an exciting career in fields such as language teaching, curriculum development, language documentation and preservation, forensic linguistics, speech pathology, audiology, computational linguistics, product marketing and branding, curriculum development, publishing, translation and interpretation, language policy, and government intelligence.


Training in linguistics can prepare students for careers in corporate cultures, legal and medical contexts, as well as for careers in speech recognition, text-to-speech synthesis, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, speech pathology, and library/information science. In addition to its direct application to teaching linguistics, English and other languages, an M.Aa in linguistics is a recognized asset for careers in curriculum development, publishing, product branding, translation, education, and other professions within social and behavioral sciences. Linguists can be found working in the FBI to investigate criminal activities, in agencies and institutions to conduct language surveys, to document, analyze, and preserve languages, establish literacy programs, and to create and analyze marketing strategies.