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. They 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, 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, 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.

A degree in Linguistics may also be combined with Research Experience Certification through the Research Experience Program (REP) (pdf) as well with Global Awareness Certification through the Global Awareness Program (GAP) (pdf)


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