University of Missouri

223 Tate Hall :: Columbia MO 65211-1500 :: phone: 573-882-8590 :: email: or

An Interdepartmental Program
in the College of Arts and Science

Linguistics is the study of human language. It seeks to understand and explain the social, psychological, and structural properties of human language in a clear and formal manner. Although specialists often know more than one language, such knowledge is complementary rather than essential.

A major in linguistics offers students a liberal education and prepares them for graduate study in linguistics or related fields; it also develops the verbal and analytical skills that are valuable in a wide variety of professional careers.

Graduate degrees are not offered, but a Graduate Minor in Linguistics can be taken. MA and PhD degree programs with emphasis in linguistics and language are available in some cooperating departments.

The linguistics area program is staffed by faculty from various departments. Supporting course work may include foreign language, literature, psychology, philosophy, English, education, speech, anthropology or South Asian studies.

Financial aid, when available, is arranged through the participating departments.

For further information, contact the Chair of Linguistics (information above) or Kibby Smith, 114 Switzler Hall, 573-882-6060.


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