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A Major in Linguistics

Description of Major 

This major educates students about how people use language to communicate, and analyzes the real-time processing, context and meaning aspects of language.          

For more information on studying Linguistics:  click here

Employment Opportunities 

Graduates are prepared for a wide range of positions in education, publishing, writing and business. A variety of jobs are available for linguistics graduates, including:

Advertising Account Executive Attorney 
Business Manager Campaign Manager
Claims Examiner Community Relations Director 
Copy Writer Corporate Trainer
Critic Customer Service Representative
Editor Education Director
Government Agency Administrator Historian
Human Resources Specialist Insurance Underwriter
Journalist Lawyer
Legislative Assistant Lobbyist
Marketing/Sales Manager Media Buyer
Personnel Trainee Production Assistant
Public Administrator Public Relations Specialist
Publicity Assistant Research Assistant
Sales Representative Special Events Coordinator
Speech Pathologist Speech Writer
Teacher Television Producer 
Translator Underwriter
Volunteer Coordinator Writer


Some positions listed may require education or training beyond an undergraduate degree.

Additional Links 

The American Association for Applied Linguistics

The Linguistic List 

Modern Language Association 

UC McMicken College of Arts & Sciences