Northeastern Illinois University

Linguistics at NEIU

The Linguistics department at NEIU was established in the early 1970s, in the hey-day of modern linguistics. Since that time, the department and program have evolved to keep in step with changes in the field and in our student population. What has remained consistent is the quality education, the dedicated faculty and a challenging and exciting curriculum students have come to expect.

For the past 3 decades, our students have used their MA in Linguistics to pursue and further their careers in many areas including curriculum design, publishing, academia, forensics, language documentation and revitalization, among other careers.  

Linguistics for Life

Ideally, the aim of an MA program is to provide depth and breadth in a discipline. We understand that students who embark on the journey to mastery do so for a variety of reasons: career enhancement or change, curiosity and love of learning, self-discovery and ultimately personal fulfillment.  The ideal program is one that offers opportunities for personal and professional growth, one that not only develops students' knowledge, expertise and skills, but also builds confidence.

Our carefully designed curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in the study and understanding of human language as a convergence of genetic, psychological and social systems and networks. Knowledge of how and why we communicate brings us closer to understanding who we are and how we can affect our worlds.

Our program trains students to critically examine and analyze the world within and around them--a skill that can be applied to teaching, curriculum development, corporate cultures, legal contexts, intercultural communication, forensics, artificial intelligence, publishing, counseling, and child development.

Our faculty bring rich and varied expertise to the program through their active professional development and research.