Linguists study how languages are used and structured by societies, how they are learned and processed by individuals, and how they change over time in society and within the individual. Faculty in the Linguistics Department at the University of Oregon have research interests that extend into the areas of speech-language pathology, psychology, anthropology, and the maintenance and revitalization of endangered languages. These interests also lead to practical endeavors, such as language teaching, that have a positive and direct impact on society.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Language is central to human culture and society, thought and science.

  2. Explore how societies create and change language over time.

  3. Learn about the diversity of the over 7,000 oral and sign languages used around the globe.

  4. Investigate how language influences thought and vice versa.

  5. Discover how children acquire language and adults learn new languages.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in Linguistics may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA), a Bachelor of Science (BS), a Master of Arts (MA), or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Linguistics provides the students with a foundation for employment in:

Law and judiciary

The tech sector (i.e. in natural language and speech processing or synthesis)

Federal, state, and local government (e.g. translation and interpretation services)

Non-governmental organizations (i.e. NGOs) as cultural and linguistic ambassadors

Health industry (e.g. audiology and speech-language pathology)

Primary education (e.g. language teacher or speech-language pathologist)

Military (e.g. intelligence officers)
Alumni Jobs

Language teacher

Data scientist


Community organizer

Translation and interpretation

Travel consultant

Senior writer and producer

Business & marketing
Courses You
May Need

1st Year
LING 301 & 302; 203 proficiency of first foreign language; 103 prof second foreign language

2nd Year
LING 311 & LING 312 + lower division LING elective + completing language requirement

3rd Year
Three 400-level LING courses to form specialization

4th Year
LING 407; two more 400-level LING courses to form specialization

Major Credits
Required 36
Electives 8

Total 44

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Data analysis

Critical thinking and reasoning

Written and oral communication

Original, empirical research

Library and other secondary research

Computational linguistics (e.g. speech recognition, natural language processing)

Cognitive sciences

Fieldwork based data collection

Language acquisition and language teaching

Technical writing
Experiential learning opportunities

Research (lab/fieldwork)

Career-oriented courses

Supervised community internships

LTS Program
Specialized Courses

Writing Systems of the World

Language and Society in the United States

Child Language Acquisition


Language and Cognition

Language and Power

Second Language Acquisition

Corpus Linguistics
Add A Minor Or Certificate


Area Studies (Global Studies, African Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies)

Language & Literature (Arabic Studies, French, Italian, Spanish, East Asian Studies)


Second Language Acquisition and Teaching [certificate]

Contact Us

Tykeson College and Career Advising

An equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This publication will be made available in accessible formats upon request. © 2020 University of Oregon. Revised: 8/11/2020