The concentration in linguistics is designed both for students interested in the discipline itself and for those wishing to use their understanding of linguistic structure to pursue other disciplines. Linguists are concerned with such issues as the commonalities of human languages, why languages change, how our linguistic abilities interact with our cognitive abilities, how language is learnable, and developing formal models of linguistic structure. Fields as diverse as anthropology, legal reasoning, language pathology, technical writing and editing, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) all rely heavily upon methods and models developed in linguistics. Required courses examine linguistic theory, phonology, syntax, and semantics, while electives may focus on computational, mathematical, or socio-linguistics, the philosophy of language, and biology and the evolution of language.
Here's what concentrators from the class of 2012 reported they were doing in their first year after graduation.
- Corps Member/Spanish Teacher, Teach for America
- Intern, Smithsonian Institute
- University of Chicago, Egyptology
- University of Chicago, PhD, Linguistics
- University of Denver-Colorado