Career Paths

What to do with a major in Linguistics?

Linguistics majors pursue careers in many different fields such as:

  • Acting and Acting Training
  • Advertising
  • Communication Consulting
  • Computer Industry
  • Editorial Work
  • Educational Testing
  • Foreign Service
  • Foreign Language Teaching
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Language Documentation
  • Legal Practice
  • Lexicography
  • Marketing
  • Medicine
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Technical Writing
  • Translation and Interpreting

Some students use the BA in Linguistics to prepare for professional schools, or clinical programs in:

  • Business
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Law
  • Library/Information Science
  • Medicine
  • Speech Pathology

Other students continue their study of Linguistics in MA and Ph.D. programs, either in Linguistics or related fields like:

  • Anthropology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bilingual Education
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Science
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology