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Human Behaviors, Cultures, Languages, and Literatures


Bachelor of Arts


  • Oxford
  • Major
  • On Campus

Uncover the Nature of Language

Linguistics addresses the origin and nature of language, investigates language in all of its forms (spoken, written, signed), and describes how language is used wherever, whenever, and however it is practiced. Our Linguistics major is flexible and encourages students to pursue their particular interests across a wide range of disciplines.

Contact Info

Aaron Shield

Director of Linguistics

Department of English

356 Bachelor Hall

Oxford, OH 45056


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Curriculum and Courses

he Linguistics Program offers a major and a minor to all Miami students. The interdisciplinary program is housed in the English Department in cooperation with a number of departments that contribute to the program through their course offerings.

  • LIN 201 Introduction to Linguistics
  • LIN 210F Special Topics in Language Awareness: Language and Technology
  • ATH 265 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
  • SPA 223 Theories of Language Development
  • CSE 486 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Linguistics is a flexible program that encourages students to pursue their particular interests across a wide range of disciplines. Faculty members from throughout the Department of English and from a variety of departments across Miami teach courses for the program.

At Miami, there is something for everyone

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Career Options

Linguistics graduates have excellent analytic skills and are therefore qualified for many careers that require in-depth understanding of how language works, and how it can best be utilized. Linguists work in many different areas including web and software development, medicine, international relations, bilingual and foreign language education, TESOL, marketing, translation, law, politics, communications, journalism, and publishing. In fact, Miami graduates work in literacy programs, advertising, machine translation, on the mission field, and in lexicography, and computer programming. Others are employed by the government in cross-cultural centers, such as the Peace Corps, the U.S. Information Agency, and those who also obtained teacher certification are working in schools both in the United States and abroad. Still others have enrolled in graduate schools to continue their linguistics studies or work toward degrees in business or law.

Facts and Stats

Your college experience here will be one of the most exciting times of your life. To make sure of this, we’ll provide you with a powerful support system.

  • 90% First-to-second year retention

    Miami University Data

  • 21st Among Public Universities in the United States for Four-Year Graduation Rate

    The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac

  • 96% of 2018-2019 graduates who were employed or furthering their education by fall 2019

    Miami University Data


Christian Contessa class of 2021
  • I like the amount of choice that I have. I've taken linguistics classes that are cross-listed with various other fields, and I think that provides a really great perspective. We're essentially told to pick what specialty we want to go into, and then the major works with you to do that.

    Christian Contessa '21
    Linguistics and Italian Studies

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