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What will I learn?

This major emphasizes the study of language both as an abstract system and in its psychological and social contexts. It focuses on how the human mind structures, processes, and acquires language as well as how similar communication goals are met by diverse means in the languages of the world. Linguistics is a broad field, embracing such diverse subjects as comparative grammar and world languages, language development of children, language learning and language processing in adults, the evolution of languages, and how language varies with socioeconomic class and with different social settings. The study of Linguistics develops the ability to analyze and work with formal systems, not unlike those found in mathematics and computer science, while at the same time addressing psychological and social issues, such as language teaching and acquisition, and language and culture. In addition to introductory linguistics courses, students take courses in psycholinguistics and/or sociolinguistics.

The undergraduate major in Linguistics focuses on how the human mind structures, processes, and acquires language, as well as how similar communication goals are met by diverse means in the languages of the world.

Honors Program

The Linguistics honors program requires students to complete the requirements for the major with a GPA of 3.5 or above and to complete LING 497 – Honors Thesis or relevant course in affiliated programs for the combined majors with a grade of B or better. Students intending to complete the honors program should register with the undergraduate advisor no later than the second semester of their junior year.

Linguistics Major with Honors

Combined Major in Linguistics and Philosophy with Honors

Combined Major in Linguistics and Psychology with Honors

Combined Programs

In addition to the major and minor in Linguistics, the Linguistics department offers several combined programs: Linguistics and Philosophy; Linguistics and Psychology; Linguistics and East Asian Languages and Cultures; Computational Linguistics and Linguistics and Cognitive Science

Career Opportunities

An undergraduate major in Linguistics provides a strong foundation and a highly respected preparation for professional schools, for careers that are either scientific or humanistic in orientation, and for graduate study in a wide range of fields. Graduate programs in Education respect a background in Linguistics, and the students wishing to pursue graduate study in English or a foreign language will find their application enhanced by Linguistics major or minor.

Which department am I in?

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$57,256.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022

Venue

University of Southern California

University Park Campus,

LOS ANGELES,

California,

90089, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

International applicants must provide official copies of academic records from all secondary or senior secondary schools, pre-university programs, and colleges and universities attended.

For international students

International applicants must provide official copies of academic records from all secondary or senior secondary schools, pre-university programs, and colleges and universities attended.

A minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum score of 20 in each section); OR

A minimum IELTS score of 7; OR

A minimum PTE score of 68.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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