will I study as a linguistics major or minor?
opportunities will I have with a linguistics degree?
answers to these questions and more, see the following websites:
the Linguistics Society of America (LSA) Why
Major in Linguistics page
a list of sample
by the Department of Linguistics at the University of New Hampshire (UNH)
a Wall Street Journal article
the marketability of a linguistics degree, available on Boston University's Linguistics
SO, TO SUMMARIZE:
WHY WOULD I MAJOR IN LINGUISTICS?
graduates have built careers in foreign service, international business, translation
and interpreting, lexicography, teaching English as a Second Language in the US
and abroad, information technology, technical writing and publishing. Students
who augment their linguistics training with computer science classes are highly
valued by companies that develop natural-language processing tools for speech
recognition, speech synthesis, automatic translation and information retrieval.
students are also well equipped for further training in many fields, including
some already mentioned: Anthropology, International Affairs, Law, Journalism,
Communication, Speech, Language and Hearing Science, Computer Science, Education,
foreign languages, Philosophy and Psychology. And of course, linguistics majors
often pursue graduate study in linguistics and closely related areas, including
psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, computational linguistics, neurolinguistics
and speech pathology.
ALREADY COMMITTED TO A PRIMARY MAJOR; WHY WOULD I ADD LINGUISTICS AS A SECOND
MAJOR, OR AS A MINOR?
a primary major from an appropriate field that is augmented with linguistics will
place you in a stronger position for pursuing graduate studies or professional
careers in a wide variety of fields (see the LSA and UNH pages above for examples
of these). Even if you do not intend to work in a language-related profession,
you can benefit from the study of linguistics: business and industry employers
are increasingly aware that linguistics majors have well developed skills in complex
problem solving (see the Wall Street Journal article above) - and so are the admissions
committees of graduate programs.
put, a second major or minor in linguistics adds value to your primary major.