Our program aims to equip students with a strong foundation in core areas of linguistic analysis and to train students to think critically about a broad range of issues in language use, development, variation, and change.
Faculty interests include Indigenous languages of North America, language development, phonology, semantics, morphosyntax, and typology. We offer a range of courses in general theoretical and descriptive linguistics, as well as coursework leading to a Certificate of Accomplishment in ESL. The Linguistics Program at UM is the only degree-granting unit in Linguistics in Montana.
Linguistics Program Options
What Can I Do with a Degree in Linguistics?
A degree in linguistics prepares you for a wide range of jobs and careers. Linguistics is a diverse field intersecting with various other disciplines such as anthropology, computer science, communication, engineering, language teaching, neurology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and speech & hearing science. Studying linguistics helps you develop skills such as analytical and critical thinking, problem solving, organization, and data collection and analysis.
- second language teaching
- teaching English as a second language
- teaching English in elementary and secondary schools
Technical and academic professions
- speech pathologist
- accent coach
Publishing and Writing
- lexicographer (dictionary editor/developer)
- technical writer
- natural language processing
- machine translation
- speech recognition
- speech synthesis
- language data analyst
- marketing specialist
- web developer