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Linguistics and Related Studies is a degree category that consists of the following common degrees:

  • Linguistics



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    Linguistics explores the nature of language variations and dialects, how language evolves over time, how it is processed and stored in the human brain, and how it is acquired. It is the scientific study of language and communication, both within a single language and across language groups. Its primary sub-areas are phonetics – the study of the production, acoustics, and hearing of speech sounds; phonology – the patterning of sounds; morphology – the structure of words; syntax – the structure of sentences; semantics – meaning; and pragmatics – language in context.

    This summary may at first glance appear to present a very specialized and narrow field of study. Upon further investigation, though, one can begin to envision the applicability and impact of linguistics on disciplines as diverse as philosophy, education, psychology, sociology, anthropology, computer science, and artificial intelligence. Suddenly, the potential career opportunities connected to a linguistics degree are expansive.

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  • Foreign Languages and Literatures



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    Foreign Languages and Literatures

    Foreign languages and literatures degree programs teach students how to speak, read, and write foreign languages. Some programs focus on the linguistic structure of the studied language and others on its major written literary works. Many programs cover both of these components.

    Among the most common languages offered in these programs are French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Bengali, Hindustani, and Malay. It is typical for students to focus their studies on two languages.

    Because of the literary and linguistic concentration options, foreign languages and literatures degree program courses vary. The following are some sample classes:

    • The Structure of Foreign Languages
    • English/Foreign Languages Comparative Grammar
    • Foreign Languages Conversation
    • Foreign Languages for Business
    • Foreign Languages and Culture
    • Foreign Languages – Literatures: poetry, drama, fiction, nonfiction

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  • Translation



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    Degree programs in translation prepare students for careers as translators. The work of a translator is to convert written documents and spoken text from the ‘source’ language to the ‘target’ language. If you are fascinated by languages, how they have evolved, and how they are connected, this may be the field of study for you.

    The curriculum covers translation of various kinds of content, from technical, scientific, and educational to legal, commercial, and literary. Students learn about the history of translation, the sociology of translation, media and translation, and how to use translation memory software and specialized dictionaries.

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