What can you do with a Linguistics degree?

The real answer is “just about anything!” While the majority of graduates in linguistics go on to work in linguistics or a related field (computer science, education, speech pathology, journalism, editing), many also find jobs in areas outside of the field, for example, working in middle management for a large Fortune 500 firm, or going to law school. Because linguistics focuses on the analysis of language at many different levels, students completing the program have developed the ability to think abstractly, along with exceptional analytic skills. Students with an undergraduate linguistics degree have a wide variety of options to choose from, both within and outside of the field.

Students graduating from Northeastern’s Linguistics Program may also choose to go to graduate school. Within linguistics, there are master’s and doctoral degrees focusing on theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, and computational linguistics. Other students choose to use their undergraduate linguistics degree as a springboard into another field like speech pathology, law, sociology, and more.  

In short, with a degree in linguistics, students gain the basic skills and experience needed to prepare their entry into a variety of professional opportunities. The career choices of students pursuing a degree in linguistics are numerous, and are only limited by the student’s imagination.