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Linguistics programs focus on how words came into being and languages develop.

Linguistics programs teach people the history, philosophy, and psychology of language. Students study how languages begin, develop, and decline. They focus on how languages of various cultures influence each other and share words over time.

Linguistic programs include topics such as:


In linguistics programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Many colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in linguistics. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in linguistics. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master’s degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

In addition, many programs offer linguistics courses about different languages. For example, you can take Spanish linguistics, German linguistics, or French linguistics, to name a few.

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate study in linguistics typically includes:


East Side Area

Washington State University - Pullman

King-Snohomish Area

Northwest University

Seattle Pacific University

University of Washington - Seattle

West Side Area

Evergreen State College, The

Western Washington University