The most fundamental part of being human is the ability to communicate using language. Linguistics is the scientific study of language as a system. Students in this program learn how the scientific method of inquiry is applied to the study of the nature of language, its acquisition, and its use. This scientific approach necessitates formal studies of speech sounds, grammatical structures, and meaning in interpersonal, inter-lingual, and intercultural contexts. Student-centered courses help students apply what they learn to analyze, evaluate, and create language artifacts reflecting their understanding of our diverse, multilingual, multicultural world where language and society/culture intersect.
Graduates with education in language and humanities commonly move into leadership roles by about 10 years after graduation.