UMass Amherst Linguistics Department Advances to No. 3 in QS World University Subject Rankings

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AMHERST, Mass. – The linguistics department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst ranks third worldwide, according to the QS World University Rankings for 2017, which were released March 8.

The latest subject rankings place UMass Amherst behind the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in the field of linguistics. The guide refers to UMass Amherst as the “highest climber in the top 10,” having jumped from No. 7 last year.

“Our linguistics department has long been recognized as a premier program on our campus,” says UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy. “The QS University World Ranking reflects the department’s growing reputation among scholars around the globe and the impact of its research in the field of linguistics.”

“UMass linguistics has a long tradition of excellence and is known for ground-breaking research in the core areas of the field,” says Julie C. Hayes, dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.  “Through activities such as the Center for the Study of African American Language and the Cognitive Science Initiative, as well as its many projects and experimental labs, members of the department collaborate with colleagues and students throughout the university and beyond. Their rise in the QS rankings points to both a superb track record and a trajectory of increasing accomplishments.”

The QS World University Rankings by Subject features 46 disciplines. The results are informed by the opinion of 74,651 academics and 40,643 employers, together with the analysis of millions of research papers and citations in the Scopus bibliometric database.

UMass Amherst, which is 251st in the worldwide university rankings, is also No. 37 in the new category of sports science, and No. 49 in agriculture and forestry.

Among the top 100 programs worldwide, UMass Amherst is ranked in development studies, computer science and information systems, and chemical engineering.

This year, UMass Amherst is ranked internationally in the top 150 programs for archaeology, arts and humanities, chemistry, communication and media studies, economics and econometrics, English language and literature, environmental studies, materials sciences, modern languages, and psychology.

Among the top 200 programs around the globe, UMass Amherst is ranked for architecture, biological sciences, philosophy, sociology, and politics.

UMass Amherst is also among the top 250 programs in natural sciences, physics and astronomy, electrical and electronic engineering, and engineering and technology. The campus is among the top 300 in the fields of social sciences and management, and mathematics, and in the top 350 for life sciences and medicine, and mechanical engineering.