Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts and Science

What is English:Linguistics?

Linguistics is the field of inquiry that addresses the origin and nature of language, investigates language in all of its forms (spoken, written, signed), and describes how language is used wherever, whenever, and however it is practiced. Linguistics is comprised of several subfields including, but not limited to, applied and educational linguistics, formal and computational linguistics, historical and comparative linguistics, neuro- and psycholinguistics, and sociocultural linguistics.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Interdisciplinary approach

The Linguistics Program emphasizes interdisciplinary study consisting of core courses and electives in the Department of English as well as in several departments and programs from across Miami. For example, students may incorporate courses from anthropology, business, communications, computer science, education, foreign languages, history, international relations, political science, psychology, sociology, and speech pathology into their program of study.

Study abroad

A joint effort of the Department of English and Office of International Education, Miami's newest semester abroad program gives students the opportunity to study in any of the 22 departments at Royal Holloway, University of London during the fall or spring semester or for an entire academic year.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

Our students are encouraged to take Introduction to Linguistics (cross- listed as ENG 219 and ATH & GER 219) at the beginning of their studies; this course also fulfills the Miami Plan formal reasoning requirement. Students should also complete 100 and 200 level courses that focus on the study of language including ENG 201, which fulfills the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) writing requirement, and ENG 202, which fulfills both the Miami Plan and the CAS humanities requirements. As students progress through the Linguistics Program, they should concentrate on courses at the 300 and 400 level before completing the required Linguistics capstone course.

What can I do with this major?

Linguistics graduates have excellent analytic skills and are therefore qualified for many careers that require in-depth understanding of how language works, and how it can best be utilized. Linguists work in many different occupations including software development, medicine, international relations, bilingual and foreign language education, TESOL, marketing, translation, law, politics, communications, journalism, and publishing. In fact, Miami graduates work in literacy programs, advertising, machine translation, on the mission field, and in lexicography, and computer programming. Others are employed by the government in cross-cultural centers, such as the Peace Corps, the U.S. Information Agency, and those who also obtained teacher certification are working in schools both in the United States and abroad. Still others have enrolled in graduate schools to continue their linguistics studies or work toward degrees in business or law.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of English
Gwendolyn Etter-Lewis, Director of Linguistics Program
382 Bachelor Hall
Oxford, OH 45056