Significant links between language & culture

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.

Immersion in all aspects of language

The study of linguistics enables you to explore many disciplines and cultures while focusing on their relationships with language. Whether you major or minor in this field, you’ll find inspiring mentors and guides among our faculty and graduate students.

Undergraduates are welcome to participate in all aspects of inquiry supported by the department—lectures, special events, and reading groups. The Undergraduate Linguistics Club at IU, UnderLings, offers a community of common interest.

We are part of the College of Arts + Sciences

A degree in Linguistics provides students with the foundational skills of a liberal arts education, which are prized by employers and vital to a 21st-century career.

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Preparation for a meaningful career

Your degree will provide you with a diverse set of skills and knowledge, preparing you for a variety of work environments. We offer and encourage participation in internships.

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