In order to reduce the risk of exposure to students, staff, and faculty, and in response to the emergent COVID-19 situation, the Department of Linguistics will be closed for the coming weeks, beginning on March 17th.  Please note that Linguistics staff and faculty are working remotely at this time. Linguistics staff are also providing services remotely. Email and phone messages are being checked regularly throughout the business day. Please refer to this contact list for specific questions and click here for Spring term 2020 office hours.  

Why Study Linguistics at UO?

Language is with you all day, every day of your life. You use it to think, to organize your understanding of the world, to share your heart, and to get things done. Language is one of the most central aspects of the human experience. In our Linguistics Department, you can learn all about the science of language — how it works, how it varies, how it changes over time — in a high-powered and welcoming research community.


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Undergraduate Programs

Do you love languages? If so, Linguistics is for you! You can major or minor in Linguistics. We also offer a certificate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. You can double major in other UO degree programs as well!

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Graduate Programs

The Department of Linguistics offers a Ph.D. in Linguistics and an M.A. in Language Teaching Studies. Our graduate students have the opportunity to study with leading scholars whose research interests range from field linguistics to lab-based experimental approaches, sociolinguistics, and applied linguistics.  

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Study Abroad

The Linguistics department hosts a unique opportunity to study Swahili in picturesque Zanzibar every summer! Earn 16 language credits in eight weeks, plus another four credits of an elective. No prior Swahili experience is needed to enroll. Students live with a local Zanzibari family and experience Zanzibar as a local! Weekly excursions include a Safari to the Mainland Tanzania.

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Your Future Career 

Where will a career in Linguistics take you? Studying Linguistics opens up a wide range of career opportunities—from the tech industry, law, human services, academia, and beyond. As our alumni profiles demonstrate, Linguists are at work all across the globe!

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The Linguistics department offer our sincere congratulations to the Class of 2020! We feel honored to celebrate these amazing students and their achievements! Please view our list of graduates then ...
Melissa Baese-Berk
The Department of Linguistics is very excited to announce Dr. Melissa Baese-Berk as the David M. and Nancy L. Petrone Faculty Scholar!
The Diversity Committee within the Department of Linguistics issues a statement on racial justice to address the country's climate in June, 2020. 
Changing Minds Changing Tools
Linguistics Professor, Volya Kapatsinski's, recent publication: Changing Minds Changing Tools From Learning Theory to Language Acquisition to Language Change, recieved the 2020 Bloomfield Book Award ...
The American Committee of Slavists (ACS) serves to coordinate American participation in the International Congress of Slavists, an international meeting held every five years on a rotating basis in a ...