“Language is the most massive and inclusive art we know, a mountainous and anonymous work of unconscious generations.”

—Edward Sapir, linguist and anthropologist

Students and Faculty in the Department of Linguistics engage with language acquisition, use, and change at the intersection of human cognition, culture, and computation. We offer course work and research experiences that combine language with culture and society; action and cognition; and computation and learning. 

Gabriela Pérez Báez

Why I am a Linguist 

“I am a linguist because I am fascinated by the world’s linguistic diversity. Over 7,000 languages! Similarly, I am inspired by the diversity of reasons why students may choose to study linguistics—or any other major. So, I strive to understand what motivates students, and do my best to align with students’ individual interests and goals to make their experience at UO truly meaningful.”

—Gabriela Pérez Báez, associate professor of Linguistics

What you can do with a degree in Linguistics

Linguistics cultivates skills in analytics, data analysis, reasoning and argumentation, and written and oral communication. A degree in linguistics prepares students for professions that value these key intellectual abilities. Those who study linguistics frequently go on to pursue careers in:

  • World language teaching
  • English language teaching
  • Software development and testing
  • Speech analysis and synthesis
  • Health sciences, e.g., speech-language pathology
  • Law and civil service, e.g., State Department

Our Degree Programs

We offer a major or minor in Linguistics that combines coursework in the discipline with language courses from at least two languages other than your first language. We also offer a minor in Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science and provide special emphasis courses for the Data Science major. As an interdisciplinary field, Linguistics combines well with majors or minors from a variety of other disciplines from Romance Languages to Data Science, Psychology to Computer Science, and Sociology to Communication Disorders and Sciences, to name but a few.

Students can also earn a certificate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) as a starting point for careers in language teaching.


Linguistics: Learn from Experts in the Field
Learn from Experts in the Field

Faculty-led research takes place in far-flung places, in communities and classrooms, or in laboratories. We work on documenting lesser-known languages, the revitalization of minoritized Indigenous languages, on child and adult language acquisition, and on language use and language perceptions. We pride ourselves on getting to know our students in the classroom and through research experience. Overall, the Linguistics faculty enjoy the opportunity to create meaningful connections with their students and value student contributions to research.

Linguistics: Hands-On Learning
Get Real-world Experience

Linguistics students can take part in practical learning through many opportunities:

  • Intern at the Center for Applied Language Studies
  • Work on language revitalization in indigenous communities
  • Teach a second language and earning a certificate or master’s degree in language teaching
  • Study Swahili in Tanzania
  • Assist faculty in research spanning the globe, from the Amazon to the Serengeti to Papua New Guinea
  • Conduct local research in campus language labs

Scholarships & Funding

The Linguistics Department offers funding for student research and conference attendance.

Students in the PhD track will typically be offered graduate employee positions.

Undergraduate students may also find some opportunities for paid research assistantships.

CAS and UO Scholarships

Graduate Funding

Academic Support

Our Director of Undergraduate Studies provides Linguistics majors and minors with consistent advising to guide you through our degree program.

The Director of Language Teaching Studies provides advising for students pursuing a certificate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT).

The Linguistics Study Hall provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to interact with and learn from graduate students in Linguistics. Graduate students also provide tutoring support during Study Hall.

Undergraduate Advising
Support for Graduate Students

Linguistics News and Events

September 15, 2022
Two University of Oregon linguistics professors have received funding from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative seminar, Research Experiences for Undergraduates, to be conducted over three summers.
September 15, 2022
Seven faculty members have been recognized for their exceptional teaching with the 2022 Distinguished Teaching Awards. Recipients of the University of Oregon annual awards are tia north, Katie Lynch, Keli Yerian, Michael Aronson, Lara Bovilsky, David Steinberg and Tina Starr.
August 23, 2022
Founded in 1997, the Northwest Indian Language Institute (NILI) at the University of Oregon recently celebrated its 25th anniversary this past June. Now, thanks to a recent grant from The Roundhouse Foundation, NILI will be launching an initiative to analyze and re-envision needs for growing and expanding in the years ahead.

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