As a linguistics major, you’ll explore the fascinating phenomenon of human language. Through your coursework you’ll learn how language is structured, acquired and used in social interactions. You’ll also learn how language changes over time or how it can be modeled computationally. Coursework for the major includes foundation and core courses, leaving you the flexibility to develop programs of study that focus on your areas of special interest. Linguistics combines well with language study and related fields such as philosophy, psychology, computer science and anthropology.

Sample classes

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Language and Society
  • Language and Law
  • Native American Languages


All information below is based on the 2022 First-Destination Post-Graduate Survey. Lists are not exhaustive; rather, they are a sampling of the data. 
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What can you do with a degree in Linguistics?

Graduate school:

In 2022, 36% of linguistics majors embarked on graduate school journeys. They pursued various advanced degrees, with 40% focusing on their PhD, 20% working towards a JD, 15% dedicated to an MA, and more. Their graduate field interest ranges from linguistics (45%) to law (20%) and computer science (15%).

These ambitious individuals have chosen to continue their education at prestigious institutions like Boston University, Stanford University, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Chicago. 


53% of linguistic graduates secured employment, and the majority entered sectors in technology (38%), education (17%), and other nonprofit organizations (10%). The French Ministry of Education was the top 2022 employer.

Where 2022 Linguistics Graduates Work

Employer Job Titles
Duolingo Software Engineer
French Ministry of Education EFL Teaching Assistant (Multiple)
San Francisco Unified School District Bilingual English-Spanish Educator
WKNO-PBS Kids Educational Media Intern
Wolters Kluwer Engagement & Project Analyst