Linguistics & Teaching English

Linguistics Concentration

Sounds, Words, Meanings, and More

Choose the Linguistics concentration if you are interested in learning about language and languages. You will learn about the characteristics of human languages, their sound systems, the construction of words and sentences, how meanings are represented and communicated, and how all of these vary and change. You can study the ways in which languages are learned and taught.


Graduates of the Linguistics concentration have found employment as English and English as a foreign Language teachers, Americorps multilingual leaders, and as project engineers, as well as going on to further study in teaching English as a second or foreign language and linguistics.

To find out what classes you take in this concentration, take a look at the Linguistics Advising Check Sheet.

The Linguistics concentration offers you the opportunity to study:

Key aspects of language, including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse patterns

The history of English and the English of Chaucer and Shakespeare

Two foreign languages

Theories and practices in linguistics and second-language learning and teaching

The relationships between linguistic variation and social and cultural variation

What Are Students Saying?

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Madison Van Doren

“I love that I have the opportunity to change the way people see things, to share my passion with other people. My friends joke that they hope one day they’ll be as excited about anything as I am about linguistics.”

~ Madison Van Doren, English Major: Language, Minor: Linguistics and Culture

“I went into the Linguistics concentration with a pre-existing interest in languages and curiosity, but with little knowledge about linguistics other than the very surface-level information you learn at a young age. However, I have come to truly enjoy linguistics because it unveils the deeper world of language and its intricacies, while at the same time deepening my interest and appreciation for language and other cultures."

~ Justin Han, English Major: Linguistics

Justin Han