Students in linguistics scientifically study languages of all kinds. Offering a flexible selection of courses, linguistics will help you develop the analytical and observational skills necessary to understand how language influences society and cultures around the world. Courses in linguistics cover the methods of analyzing language, roles of languages in societies, word formation processes, mechanisms of producing speech sounds, as well as broader skills such as systematic observation and description, and communicating clearly. Students learn ear training for discriminating speech sounds and analyze parts of speech, constituent phrases, sentence structure, representations, ambiguity, and applications of current theory. Linguistics also offers a minor to complement other areas of study.
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Careers in Linguistics
- Speech user interface designer
- Curriculum developer
- Spanish lexicographer
- Management consulting
- Many other positions in domestic and international business/management, not necessarily related to linguistics but able to capitalize on students’ broad-based liberal arts skill set and extra language skill developed in this major
- Graduate or professional school
Transfer to Linguistics
Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.
Minimum GPA: 2.2
Contact InformationUndergraduate Student Recruitment Office