Linguistics is the scientific study of language. The BA in linguistics is appropriate for any student who is interested in science or language. Students are introduced to core areas of linguistics (the structure of speech sounds, words, and sentences) as well as a broad range of related topics including language use, development, variation, change, and endangerment. The emphasis throughout is on developing strong data-analysis and critical-reasoning skills. Recommended areas of study in addition to linguistics are World Languages and Cultures, Anthropology, CSD, English, Communication Studies, Sociology, Education, Information Technology, Environmental Science, Political Science, and Psychology.