Why Study Linguistics?

Linguistics graduates go on to a diverse range of careers, taking full advantage of the skills and experience they gain through their studies:

Linguistics is interdisciplinary. Are you someone who doesn’t fit neatly on one side of the (artificial) ‘arts vs. sciences’ divide? Then linguistics might be what you’ve been looking for! Linguists draw on tools and research from the humanities, social sciences, and the ‘hard’ sciences.

Natural synergy with the other half of your degree. You will be studying linguistics alongside a language or one of philosophy or psychology, and the two sides naturally complement one another: linguistics can help you learn more about your language, and there are many areas of philosophy and psychology which deal with language.

You can learn a wide range of skills. As with any degree in the humanities, you will learn to articulate your thoughts in writing, to discuss those thoughts clearly while defending your position, and to spot the patterns which lie beneath the surface. These are all skills which are invaluable in the workplace and in life more generally.

But since linguistics is so interdisciplinary, you will also have the opportunity to learn skills like:

  • Data analysis
  • Designing and running experiments
  • Conducting interviews, surveys and participant observations
  • Formal mathematical tools