When you pursue a linguistics major, you study the science of language and its social and cultural contexts. Learning the craft of linguistic analysis, you become a better writer and develop an advanced understanding of human thought in expressed action. A linguistics major combines well with majors and minors from a variety of other disciplines and provides an excellent background for careers in teaching language, speech-language pathology, law, data science, technology, and more.
Linguistics majors go on to become language researchers, lawyers, software engineers, media editors, and writers. Some join the Peace Corps or become Fulbright scholars, teach ESL and other languages around the world (although if language teaching is your main interest, the BA in Applied Linguistics/TESOL might be a better option for you). Many pursue graduate training in linguistics, applied linguistics, education, law, information technologies, and media.
Gain experience conducting research and collaborating on projects with linguistics faculty on topics such as constructed languages, translation, and linguistic criticism. Truman offers various research experiences including TruScholars, a program for summer research that can include stipends.