The Undergraduate Program in Linguistics
Linguistics studies human language — in particular, the properties all languages share, and the ways that individual languages can differ. Linguists investigate the grammatical principles and processes that determine the structure of human languages, their evolution over time, and their psychological underpinnings. The areas of linguistics include phonology (the sound patterns of language), morphology (the internal structure of words), syntax (the internal structure of sentences), and semantics (the meaning of words and sentences). In addition to these basic areas, the Program in Linguistics offers courses in historical linguistics, language universals, language acquisition, and psycholinguistics. Students with a particular interest in language and linguistics can pursue a Certificate in Linguistics, or in special cases may apply to the University to be an Independent Concentrator in Linguistics. For more information, see the Undergraduate Announcement.