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Linguistics, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The Linguistics program of Northwestern University gives us a unique window on the structure of the human mind and the mind's activity. Furthermore, there are many real world applications of linguistics.
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The Linguistics program of Northwestern University will help students develop critical, scientific thinking skills through learning across several core subfields in linguistic science. Through course work, students will gain a solid understanding of scientific approaches to the study of language: students will be able to understand scientific arguments; construct arguments; identify regularities and patterns in language; use a variety of linguistic data to test hypotheses. Courses in the linguistics program are designed to present students with information about the main subfields in linguistic science (Morphology, Phonetic, Phonology, Pragmatics, Semantics, and Syntax). Once presented with this information, students will be able to utilize this knowledge to understand, construct and verify arguments (hypotheses and evidence) in each subfield. Specific training in linguistics courses includes how to test theories using empirical methodologies (designing and conducting experiments, looking for naturally occurring linguistic data to verify hypotheses etc.).

Exposure to a scientific approach to language will help students develop critical thinking skills. Students will learn to be soundly skeptical about scientific theories. They will see and learn how to construct arguments for or against these theories. Once students learn scientific and critical thinking in linguistics, they will have a chance to put their experience into practice. For example, students in the linguistic program have the opportunity to get involved in research projects led by faculty members.

Career paths

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Language and Childhood
  • Language and Society
  • Language, Politics, and Identity
  • Sound Patterns in Human Language
  • Formal Analysis of Words and Sentences
  • Experimental Syntax

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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