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About the Program

Linguistics students explore language as both a faculty of mind and as a social institution. You will learn about how language is structured, including models for representing linguistic knowledge and how language varies within and between communities. Linguistics students who double major often choose to study modern languages, computer science, psychology, anthropology or philosophy.

Applied Learning



Many linguistics graduates go on to work in education, publishing, government or the law. Furthermore, many companies in the technology industry (Google, Amazon and Microsoft) will hire linguists, especially those with computational skills, to develop software and technologies related to human-computer interactions. Although W&M does not offer a pre-speech pathology program, many alumni successfully go on to graduate work in hearing and speech sciences and report that the W&M Linguistics Department's curriculum had given them a solid foundation.

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*Courses listed are examples. Course availability changes each semester.