About

The Linguistics Program at Northeastern is one of the smaller majors, with around 80 students pursuing a major or minor in Linguistics. Our students have the advantage of generally smaller class sizes of about 10 to 20 students, and the opportunity to get to know their fellow students and faculty members more easily in that setting.

The courses offered in Linguistics at NU focus on both the structural side of language, and the socio-cultural side. Courses include phonetics and phonology, and Language and Gender. Many other electives give the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of topics, like the psychology of language. And of course, our students study other languages! Northeastern’s World Languages Center offers a wide range of modern languages, including Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Hebrew, American Sign Language, and others.

In the classroom, we emphasize doing linguistics: our instructors include lots of opportunities for students to analyze actual linguistic data. Our courses frequently require students to engage in all levels of linguistic work, from data collection and analysis to presenting their findings in written and oral form.

And we don’t want our students to just have in-class experience; we encourage them to gain real-world experience through experiential education (co-op) and research. Students choosing to go out on co-op are able to select from a wide range of job opportunities, ranging from jobs where the relationship to language and linguistics is obvious (working in a psycholinguistics lab, a school teaching English as a Second Language, a speech pathology office, or a software firm developing a new speech recognition app) to those where the links to linguistics are less clear (working in a law office, marketing firm or publishing company).

Our commitment to seeing our students engage with linguistics is also demonstrated through the wide range of research opportunities that are available. And because the Linguistics Program Northeastern focuses on undergraduates, our faculty welcome working with undergraduates on research, whether that means working on their research with an undergraduate research assistant or helping a student develop their own research project.

Lastly, we encourage our students to take advantage of Northeastern’s extensive travel abroad programs. Students have traveled around the world on Dialogues of Civilizations, the university’s summer programs that are led by Northeastern faculty, lived for a full semester abroad while attending courses at a foreign university, or completed a six month international co-op working in a different culture.

We welcome you to find out more about the Linguistics Program at Northeastern on these pages, and please feel free to contact us if you have questions.