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The department offers a broad range of courses that provide a basic understanding of human language and communication. Linguistics courses examine features of language that underlie the human capacity to express concepts and communicate ideas. The courses address the connections between language, brain, culture, mind, and history. The minor gives students a basic understanding of the human capacity to acquire, perceive, and produce language and of language’s role in contemporary society.

Linguistics is a superb preparation for careers that require expertise in the use of language as a means of communication, e.g., business, communications, personnel administration, teaching, health care, and social service. Many majors pursue graduate study in education, law, psychology, computer science, speech and hearing sciences, and languages.

To apply to our undergraduate program, please visit KU's Office of Admissions.

You can also combine your degree in Linguistics with a Global Awareness Certification through the Global Awareness Program (GAP).  KU’s Global Awareness Program (GAP) is an undergraduate certificate program in which you can expand your cultural knowledge and navigate multiple perspectives. GAP tracks your progress on the three components: Academic, On-Campus Activities with a global focus, and/or International Experience (Two-out-of-three components needed to earn the certificate.) Completion of the GAP certificate appears on a student's official transcript. Please speak with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Robert Fiorentino (fiorentino@ku.edu), if you are interested in pursuing Global Awareness Program certification as part of your Linguistics degree.

Undergraduates pursuing a major or minor in Linguistics are also encouraged to participate in the Linguistics Undergraduate Club of Kansas (LUCK), a student organization for those interested in the study of human language; for more information, see: LUCK.


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