Linguistics Major & Minor

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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.

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.

Small Classes & Individual Attention

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.

Alumnus to Speak on Digitally Preserving Theater History

April 25, 2017

Alumnus Doug Reside will present on his experience in preserving theater history as the New York Public Library’s Digital Curator for the Performing Arts, April 27-28 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. As the keynote speaker for the Senior Seminar Capstone Conference, Reside will give a presentation on “The Tale of the Ant-Lion: A […]

Alumna Author Returns for English & Linguistic Events

March 10, 2017

Alumna Kara Bollinger Kynion will return to campus March 30 for a pair of events sponsored by the Department of English and Linguistics.  There will be a Writing Center Workshop at 2:30 p.m. in Kirk Building 120 along with a poetry reading and book signing at 7:30 p.m. in the Del and Norma Robison Planetarium. […]

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