Majoring in linguistics opens a world of possibilities for your future career. Linguistics, the study of human language, is intrinsically interdisciplinary and gives you educational opportunities across the academic spectrum. In the Carson-Newman linguistics program, you’ll pursue this field of study in both a liberal arts tradition and a Christian context. You’ll be introduced to the various subfields of linguistics, and you’ll also take coursework in communication, education, English, foreign languages, philosophy, psychology and sociology.
Carson-Newman's linguistics program is small by design. You’ll work closely with peers and professors to develop theoretical and practical knowledge, preparing you for graduate school and professional life.
Did You Know?
Recent graduates of the C-N linguistics program have found all sorts of interesting professional paths — admissions counselor at Johnson University; Ph.D. student in film at Bowling Green State University; and English assistant in Graz, Austria, as part of a Fulbright and Austrian Ministry of Education Fellowship — just to name a few.
Studying world language and linguistics at Carson-Newman has had a profound effect on my life, both overtly (I can now speak three languages and live in Austria), and subtly (giving me new perspectives on viewing common problems).Theresa Anderson, 2017 / English Teaching Assistant / Landesschulrat für Steiermark, Austria
You'll be Ready
The coursework for the linguistics major is designed under the umbrella of the East Tennessee Dialects Project. At every step of the program, you’ll be participating in field research, data analysis, theoretical reading and writing while contributing to an open-source linguistic and social project.