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Undergraduate Majors

Ohio University's nine undergraduate colleges offer more than 250 programs of study. Students may select from a wide variety of majors, minors and certificates. While most undergraduate programs at the Athens campus are designed to be completed in four years, a limited number of two-year degree programs are available as well.

Linguistics Major (B.A.)

Major Code BA5290

College of Arts and Sciences  
Linguistics Department
Gordy Hall 383
Phone: 740.593.4564
Fax: 740.593.2967

Michelle O'Malley haugh@ohio.edu , contact person

Program Overview

The B.A. in linguistics offers various areas of focus including teaching English as a second or foreign language, the use of computers in language teaching, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and theoretical linguistics. Knowlege of foreign language equivalent to three years of college-level study is required.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

A bachelor's degree in linguistics will benefit those who have an interest in language acquisition research, language teaching, and the development of materials and tools for language teaching, assessment, and research. Students may also benefit from a specialization in teaching English to speakers of other languages, which is valuable in obtaining employment both at home and abroad as a teacher of English as a second or foreign language (TESL/TEFL). Linguistics is also useful in fields such as education, library science, artificial intelligence, psychology, and cognitive science. Potential employers of linguists include, but are not limited to, public and private K-12 school systems, institutions of higher education, language institutes, software developers, local, state, and federal government agencies, public health departments, rehabilitation centers, etc.

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