The atmosphere here is cooperative and collegial, with faculty and students collaborating on projects in a range of areas including phonology, syntax, semantics, phonetics, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, prosody, field linguistics, typology, historical linguistics, and morphology. 

For students pursuing a bachelor's degree, the linguistics department offers several options for majoring and minoring in linguistics, as well as innovative general education courses. A Linguistics major can focus purely on linguistics theory, or combine linguistics with another field or language.

Our undergraduate major has six broad learning objectives. These objectives aim to develop knowledge and skills that are applicable not only in linguistics, but in a wide range of intellectual contexts and professions:

  1. ability to reason analytically about language;
  2. basic quantitative and computational competence in language research;
  3. an understanding of linguistic theories and their relationship to language diversity;
  4. an understanding of linguistic discrimination;
  5. ability to communicate about language; and,
  6. ability to work as an effective member of a team.