The Department of Linguistics has an international reputation and is particularly strong in the areas of second language acquisition, applied linguistics, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and sociolinguistics. Like every major linguistics program in the United States, the department is centrally concerned with core areas of linguistic theory, but it is unusual in that it also attaches equal importance to applied and descriptive endeavors. Undergraduates may complete a maor or minor in Linguistics, or choose from a range of language minors and certificates housed within the department.

The MA Program has been recognized as one of the best in the country, especially for students interested in teaching English as a second language. PhD students in the program are working side-by-side with our faculty on highly specialized research into phonetics, African-American English, language contact, psycholinguistics, second language acquisition, and sociolinguistics.