Linguistics Major & Minor
Linguistics is the study of human language as it is — not as we think it should be. Truman is one of the few universities in the region offering an undergraduate degree in linguistics.
As a Linguistics major or minor, you will learn the structures of language, studying the relationships between language and society — or language and the mind. You'll develop an advanced understanding of how language interacts with other facets of human experience. All this will serve you well across many professional fields.
Small Classes & Individual Attention
All your classes are taught by professors of linguistics. Our small class sizes and 16:1 faculty-to-student ratio provide opportunities to interact with your fellow students and to work one-on-one with professors on extra projects — such as research on language and autism, or projects funded by the TruScholars Summer Undergraduate Research Program.
Preparing for Lives That Matter
Hone your craft of linguistic analysis, become a better writer, and develop an advanced understanding of human thought in expressed action that will serve you well across a number of professional fields. Our program allows students take a range of courses in different areas of interest, offering innovative and stimulating courses and diverse internship opportunities.
Our program develops the strong critical thinking and analytical skills required for success in any career. We will encourage you to write papers and present at conferences — perhaps Truman's Undergraduate Student Research Conference — perhaps publishing a few in professional trade publications and academic journals. This experience gives you the edge in the workforce, often leading to opportunities before you even graduate.
21 January 2016 | 4:25 pm
On Wednesday, February 10th at 7:30 PM in the Little Theatre of Baldwin Hall, award winning poet, editor and professor, Allison Joseph will give a reading from her latest work. (Professor Joseph, who has published numerous books of poetry, teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where she is the long time editor of […]
26 October 2015 | 3:39 pm
On Tuesday, November 17th at 7:30 P.M., in the Little Theatre of Baldwin Hall on the Truman State campus, Joe Benevento, Professor of English, will present a combined reading and musical performance, which will include selections from his two latest published books, the mystery novel, Saving St. Teresa, and Expecting Songbirds: Selected Poems, 1983-2015, and […]