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Linguistics Program


The linguistics program at South Carolina offers a minor and cognate in linguistics as well as graduate degrees. Our mission is to train students to pursue research and teach in a wide range of linguistic subdisciplines. We strive to develop students' analytical skills and to encourage creative, critical approaches to data, models and theories.

Workforce success

While many of our alumni have gone on to successful careers as academics, others have carved out careers in widely varying fields that require skills in leadership, critical thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration, attention to detail and oral communication.

  • Leadership—Language is the major tool we use in persuasion and leadership, and our alumni have developed an acute sensitivity to it
  • Attention to detail—Minute differences in language lead to big decisions in life; we analyze these differences to help people in everyday situations
  • Critical thinking—Analyzing language requires various types of reasoning, attention to details of a situation and developing well-informed conclusions
  • Creative problem solving—The irregularities of language require that its analysis is creative, yet constrained within the known possibilities
  • Collaboration—Our graduates hone the ability to work effectively and respectfully with a variety of individuals, implementing creative plans with a team, and responding and providing constructive criticism to reach a common goal
  • Oral communication—Language is at the heart of communication

Career options by sector

Training in linguistics can equip you to work various speech or language-related fields, but it doesn’t stop there. Some career possibilities include:

  • Accent/vocal coach
  • Artificial intelligence programmer
  • Computer-assisted learning materials developer
  • Consultant for: law firms, medical field, theater and film industry
  • Copyeditor
  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • English as a second language instructor
  • Grant writer
  • Interpreter
  • Journalist
  • Language materials developer
  • Language tester
  • Marketing/advertising specialist
  • Public relations specialist
  • Reporter
  • Speech pathologist
  • Speech writer
  • Technical writer
  • Think tank researcher
  • Web designer

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.