​Linguistic Studies

​College of Arts and Sciences

Delve into the nature and use of language as you examine topics like anthropology, child and family studies, spoken languages, mathematics, psychology, speech pathology, and more.

Explore the roots of language and the mysteries of communication. Consider how linguistics applies to teaching language, educating people, advertising, computer programming, and other endeavors that incorporate different aspects of language.

Request information

About the College of Arts and SciencesLink

The founding college of Syracuse University remains at the center of undergraduate learning. The College is divided into the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences, with the lattermost offered in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Learn more about the linguistic studies program.


Sample courses for linguistic studies majors include:

  • Language Development in Children and Families
  • Universal Grammar and Second Language Acquisition
  • Introduction to Applied Phonetics
  • Language, Culture, and Society
  • Mathematical Logic
  • Introduction to Historical Language

Linguistic studies goes far beyond languages, literatures, and linguistics by offering an interdisciplinary curriculum. You’ll take classes from the departments of anthropology, child and family studies, cognitive science, communications sciences and disorders, communication and rhetorical studies, computer and information science, reading and language arts, information studies, philosophy, and Spanish.

View official major requirements.

Practical ExperienceLink

Seize opportunities for community volunteering and professional internships – on campus, off campus, or internationally. Academic counselors and faculty advisors will guide you in aligning your interests and academic path with opportunities for growth.

The College of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Innovative Learning (iLEARN) can help complement your traditional classroom and laboratory work with enhanced out-of-classroom learning experiences.

There are more than 350 student organizations at Syracuse University, and you can get involved with any of them. Explore themes like art, entertainment, advocacy, government, media, religion, and service.

Study AbroadLink

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with an international experience through Syracuse Abroad, which features more than 100 programs in 60 countries. You can choose semester, summer, short-term, and yearlong options for international study. Linguistics studies majors will find relevant programs in Florence, London, Madrid, and in many World Partner programs.

Life After Syracuse UniversityLink

As a College of Arts & Sciences graduate with a major in linguistic studies, you can explore such careers as: 

  • Speech language pathologist
  • Audiologist
  • Editor
  • Writer
  • Interpreter or translator
  • Anthropologist

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as law, information and library science, language and information technologies, editing and publishing, and more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.