KU's Department of Linguistics offers you a broad range of courses that provide a basic understanding of human language and communication. You will examine features of language that underlie the human capacity to express concepts and communicate ideas. You will learn to address the connections between language, brain, culture, mind, and history.

The major will give you a basic understanding of the human capacity to acquire, perceive, and produce language and of language’s role in contemporary society.


Career options: 

Linguistics will prepare you 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.

For more information, visit the Occupational Possibilities page on the Linguistics department's website or visit the KU Career Center website.

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Advisor name: 
Dr. Harold Torrence
Advisor title: 
Director of Undergraduate Studies
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