Bachelor's Degree Program
The linguistics degree at UAF is the only program of its kind in the state of Alaska. With a strong focus on student research and presentation skills, the bachelor’s in linguistics provides unique opportunities to prepare for careers and graduate study. You’ll also benefit from an exceptional level of personalized advising and support.
As a linguistics major at UAF, you can learn about the variety of human languages in the world. Or, you can focus on a particular language, either from the foreign languages offerings or from the Alaska Native language program. Our program also explores subfields of linguistics such as language documentation and language policy.
A degree in linguistics is excellent preparation for careers in language teaching and speech pathology, or if you plan to pursue graduate study. Many of our linguistics majors choose to minor in Alaska Native languages or foreign languages.
What Is Linguistics?
Linguistics is the study of human language. It provides tools for understanding how we acquire and produce distinctive sounds, words, phrases and sentences. It also helps us understand how people in different cultures use language to interact and express meaning. Linguistics covers a variety of subjects from theories of grammar and how we produce language to applications of linguistic knowledge in areas such as language teaching.
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Why Study Linguistics at UAF?
Linguistics majors at the University of Alaska Fairbanks benefit from the variety of language studies available, a strong research emphasis and personalized advising. Here are more reasons to major in linguistics at UAF.
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What Can You Do With a Degree in Linguistics?
As a linguistics major, you’ll develop analytical reasoning, critical thinking and communication skills you can apply to a variety of careers. Many of our bachelor’s program graduates also go on to graduate school in linguistics or related fields. Here’s a quick look at what some of our recent majors in linguistics have gone on to do.
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The degree in linguistics is built around a core curriculum of language classes and linguistic theory classes, plus an additional six courses in subfields of linguistics. You are required to take two languages. All students are required to define and complete a research project as part of the program's capstone course.
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