Linguistics is the scientific study of language in all its aspects. These issues are
investigated from diverse perspectives, including biological, cognitive, developmental,
educational, historical and sociocultural ones.
Linguistics: A discipline that values interdisciplinarity
Linguistics at the University of South Carolina has an interdisciplinary focus, while
providing our graduate students with a strong background in linguistics theory. Students
are trained to pursue research and teach in a wide range of linguistic sub-disciplines. The program affords students
the opportunity to take coursework or pursue specializations in areas such as English/French/German/Spanish
linguistics, historical linguistics, linguistic anthropology, philosophy of language,
phonology, psycholinguistics, second/foreign language acquisition and teaching, semantics,
sociolinguistics and syntax.
Diverse Departmental Collaborations
The Linguistics program collaborates with departments including Anthropology; English
Language and Literature; Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Philosophy; Psychology;
the English Programs for Internationals; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Computer
Science and Engineering; and Education. It is committed to building bridges with many
disciplines and to illuminating the important role of language and the study of language
in all aspects of our lives.
The Linguistics Program offers graduate degrees (MA and Ph.D. degrees) in Linguistics, as well as a graduate Certificate in Teaching
English as a Second Language (TESOL). At the undergraduate level, we offer a cognate as well as a minor in Linguistics. Students may also pursue an
interdisciplinary major with a Linguistics concentration through the Bachelor of Arts
in Interdisciplinary Studies (BAIS) degree program.
Graduate Student Spotlight
Ruthanne Hughes and Keunhyung Park, both won Walker Institute awards for research. Archie Crowley was selected to be part of the 2019-2020 Graduate Civic Scholars Program (GCSP) in
the Graduate School