The field of linguistics is concerned with the study of human language as a universal component of human thought and behavior. Linguists seek to understand the common properties of human language, the way they reflect properties of the human mind, and the place of language in human life and society. They consider the ways language is organized to meet the needs of the people it serves and examine the functions it performs. Linguists study language in all of its various forms and many manifestations around the world, looking at its history and evolution. They also examine relationships between humans and machines, considering the linguistic interface between them.
A major in Linguistics offers a diverse and flexible program of study that prepares students for any analytical work that requires collection of information or data, analysis of it, and presentation of results.