Linguistics is the study of human language. It seeks to understand and explain the social, psychological, and structural properties of human language in a clear and formal manner. Although specialists often know more than one language, such knowledge is complementary rather than essential.
Graduate degrees are not offered, but a Graduate Minor in Linguistics can be taken. MA and PhD degree programs with emphasis in linguistics and language are available in some cooperating departments.
The linguistics area program is staffed by faculty from various departments. Supporting course work may include foreign language, literature, psychology, philosophy, English, education, speech, anthropology or South Asian studies.