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What is Linguistics?

Effective communication across borders and cultures has never been as crucial as it is today, and the study of Linguistics can help penetrate the boundaries created by language differences. Linguistics students study key elements of communication, from syntax and dialect to nonverbal communication, along with techniques for analyzing, identifying and acquiring languages. This curriculum is supplemented by significant experience in foreign language studies. The Linguistics program combines preparation for a career with a more sophisticated understanding of the world. Students who develop an awareness of languages and literatures are able not only to better understand the world but also to contribute to the global society.

The Modern Languages Learning Center is a state-of-the-art computer facility that provides a wealth of resources for studying modern languages. The facility boasts a large library of digitized listening files, Web activities, language-learning software and video materials.

Many students in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics choose to study abroad, and OU has one of the best study abroad programs in the country. Students can choose from a wide variety of programs ranging from a few weeks to an academic year. Students gain a better understanding of a language and culture, and many of them make lifelong connections to the country.

So, what's my degree?

A Linguistics student graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics degree. A minor in Linguistics is also available.

Do my interests fit?

Linguistics students are typically interested in:

  • The way language works
  • Differences in dialects
  • Sentence structure and syntax
  • Foreign languages
  • Communication

What courses will I take?

Linguistics courses can include:

  • General Linguistics
  • Phonetic Description
  • Phonology
  • Syntax 
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Historical Linguistics 
  • Semantics
  • Phonetic Field Methods
  • Morphology
  • Linguistic Field Methods 
  • Language & Culture
  • Language Contact, Loss, & Revitalization
  • Lesser Studied Languages
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Topics in Linguistics
  • Intro. to Chinese Language & Linguistics
  • Philosophy of Language

Wait, I can have a minor?

Linguistics majors may want to consider these minors:

  • Anthropology
  • Communication
  • Foreign language

How can I study abroad?

OU has numerous study abroad opportunities for students of all majors. Whether you want to take electives, lower-division courses, or major requirements, be sure to check out what education abroad opportunities are available to you through the College of International Studies. 

What kind of career could I pursue?

Government agencies
Colleges and schools
Social service agencies
Peace Corps

Bilingual educator
Speech pathologist

How much will I make?

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to explore the median pay for jobs you can pursue with this degree. 

Contact Us

Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Phone: (405) 325-1548