Study language as an intrinsically human phenomenon.
The study of language develops writing, critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills sought after by employers. At the graduate level, the department offers a PhD in Linguistics and a professional MS in Computational Linguistics (CLMS) that can prepare you for a career at the intersection of computer science and linguistics.
Graduates with an undergraduate linguistics degree can find success in a variety of roles, including:
- Technical writer
- Natural language processing researcher
- Forensic linguist
- Dialect coach
Our PhD graduates go on to careers in higher education, government and the private sector. CLMS graduates pursue careers at companies such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft, as well as in government and the nonprofit sector.
Uncover New Meaning with Research
Our research interests span phonetics, sociolinguistics, computational linguistics, endangered languages, language acquisition theory and grammatical theory. We are home to five research/teaching laboratories that support this work. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of linguistics, students can expect to collaborate with other departments in the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Engineering and across the UW. This type of research is funded by interdisciplinary research grants, primarily with computer science, electrical engineering, bioinformatics and speech and hearing sciences.
Find Yourself in Linguistics
Explore the complexities of language.
Department of Linguistics Stories
Through the study of dialects, Elijah Pasco has combined his love of linguistics and theater.
The College honors four exceptional graduates representing eight Arts & Sciences majors.