Goals of the B.A. in Linguistics

Graduates of the B.A. in Linguistics program should be able to satisfy the following goals.

Goal 1

To transmit knowledge of the structure and function of language and its use and change in various cultural and social settings.

Program Learning Objectives

Goal 2

To help students develop critical thinking skills, analytical skills, and reading, writing and research skills.

Program Learning Objectives

Goal 3

To help students develop an understanding of the relationship between linguistic theories and areas such as artificial intelligence, cognitive science, language acquisition and learning, and language policy.

Program Learning Objectives

Depending on the types of elective courses a student takes, one or more of the following objectives may be reinforced.

Goal 4

To help students develop an appreciation for the diversity and dynamic nature of human languages and cultures in the U.S. and the world.

The Linguistics Program addresses this goal in all of its core courses as well as through specific areas of specialization that students may pursue. In that respect, Goal 4 is realized through the specific objectives listed for Goals 1, 2, and 3.