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 major 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.
We currently offer a major in Linguistics, a minor in Linguistics, a minor with a focus on Second Language Acquisition, and a certificate in Mind and Brain.
Why Linguistics? ......because language is a window into the mind.
For more information about the Linguistics program at KU, please see the Undergraduate Catalog for Linguistics. For additional information regarding Linguistics, why major in Linguistics, and careers in Linguistics please see Linguistic Society of America's "Why major in Linguistics" website.
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. Fiorentinoi (email@example.com), if you are interested in pursuing Global Awareness Program certification as part of your Linguistics degree.
Linguistics majors can also pursue Departmental Honors in Linguistics, which involves working with Linguistics faculty on a research project and demonstrating excellence in the Linguistics major. For more information on Departmental Honors, please see: Honors.
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.