Welcome to Linguistics at UVM

Linguistics is the study of language: its structure and how it is used on a day-to-day basis. Since most fields require a working knowledge of language in oral and written communication, a major or minor in Linguistics offers an excellent combination with many other concentrations at UVM, including languages and anthropology.


A linguistics major with a concentration in psycholinguistics, Kiana Gonzales '17 grew up with a unique perspective on language: both of her parents are deaf, so she’s been signing all her life. At UVM, she served as the president of the American Sign Language Club, an orientation leader, a member of the gymnastics team, and treasurer of the Chi Alpha Christian fellowship group. After graduation, she began work at the United Nations with the disability policy forum.

Meet some of the other interesting people who major in linguistics at UVM, and learn more about their lives after graduation, in the linguistics blog and our page on outcomes and careers.


Our Programs

At the crossroads of the humanities and the social sciences, the study of Linguistics relates closely to many other fields like psychology, philosophy, logic and anthropology. We offer both an undergraduate major and minor in Linguistics, as well as five-course Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate Program

Our Faculty

Students in our program are taught by professors who specialize in a wide range of language topics including formal grammar, language and culture, language acquisition, cognition, and bilingualism. 

Our Courses

UVM's courses in Linguistics cover a lot of territory, from "Linguistic Diversity in the US" to "Introduction to Psycholinguistics." Topics range from theoretical topics to real world issues of ethnicity and gender