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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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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!
Faculty
Dr. Gabriela Pérez Báez is recognized by LSA with the Early Career Award for her outstanding contributions to the field of linguistics thus far!
LSA
Our faculty take home three 2020 awards, recognized during the 94th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Congratulations Melissa Baese-Berk, Gabriela Pérez Báez, and Volya Kapatsinski!
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 ...
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Current Linguistics PhD students highlighted for their diversity of research.
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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 ...