The Department of Linguistics offers courses leading to a minor in Linguistics for liberal arts majors and for prospective elementary school language arts teachers. In addition, the department offers courses that are required for students majoring in English education on the secondary level, and bilingual-bicultural education.

Program Benefits

The minor in Linguistics supports the foundation of knowledge and research in areas such as anthropology, education, psychology, and other related fields. Among many aspects, students gain:

  • knowledge of the structure of language and process of language acquisition and multilingualism
  • understanding of the principles and methods of language analysis and documentation;
  • dynamics of relationships between language, mind, and cognition
  • knowledge of language and cultural, national, social, and personal identity

Career Options

Coupled with a bacholor's degree in liberal arts or education, Linguistics can open doors in fields such as:

  • Technology
  • Education
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Government
  • Media
  • Consulting

The Linguistic Society of America offers more information on what a Linguistics degree can do. Visit our Career Opportunities page or contact the department for more info.

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the minor in Linguistics and the courses offered toward the program.

Linguistics, Minor

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Linguistics at (773) 442-5871.

Linguistics Department Homepage

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