- Offered as:
- Specialization track
Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Linguistics students should expect to gain awareness of the general properties of languages, including their structures and functions, as well as how they are acquired and how they change. They will also learn to appreciate the central role language plays in mediating human experience. As a social, cognitive, and cultural resource, our ability to use language flexibly is at the core of our success as a species, allowing us to construct our identities, cooperate with others, and build complex understandings of the world.
Not convinced yet? For more information on this major, check out the Linguistic Society of America’s answer to the question, "Why major in Linguistics?"
The English Department offers Linguistics is available as a minor through the English department or as a specialization option in the humanities degree program.
- Strengths of the program
- Cultivate an appreciation for the complexity and uniqueness of all languages through analysis of structural and cultural features of linguistic systems, with a particular emphasis on the multilingual history of the Palouse.
- Recognize that language is a primary means of constructing systemic power differences and learn to evaluate claims about language communicate fundamental linguistic concepts to address common misconceptions about language structure, use, history, and variation.
- Gain a broad liberal education in literature, anthropology, mathematics, and philosophy around a core of language.
- Scholarships and financial aid
For students in linguistics
Students can apply for University-level scholarships and more than $50,000 in scholarships awarded by the College of Liberal Arts.
For all students
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs. Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
Students should complete the Washington State University general scholarship application and the FAFSA to ensure their eligibility for the widest range of scholarships and needed-based financial aid.
For information or to apply for financial aid and scholarships from WSU, see the Scholarships and Finances section of the WSU website.
- Careers in linguistics
With a strong understanding of language structures and functions, a degree in linguistics can lead to careers in education, translation, publishing, marketing/advertising, software/computer industries, as well as a wide range of government positions. Browse Career Linguist to see what kinds of positions are posted for people with undergraduate degrees in Linguistics.