"I came to UVM undecided, but took some linguisitcs courses right away, though I had no idea what that really meant. After two semesters, I declared it as my major! . . . Linguistics helps you become aware of the intricacies/patterns in language that you hear and use on a regular basis."

Shannon Foley '19
Predoctoral Research Fellow at Dartmouth College


"I really loved phonetics. I appreciated how it was more on the 'sciency' side of things. I liked being able to pick out differences in speech – now my party trick is to test people for the 'cot/caught merger' and then talk about dialectal differences."

Meghan McClure '19


"I’ve always loved languages, and linguistics is a perfect blend between the 'hard' and 'technical,' and the more abstract nature of languages and art."

Yovita Poerwanto '19


Many of our students take advantage of the variety of learning opportunities our program and the university offer - from on-campus clubs and residential learning communities to study abroad programs.

Linguistics Club

Linguistics Club students

The Linguistics Club is an active, funded group of students dedicated to exploring linguistics outside of the classroom.

Field Experiences

Students gather in the field

Members of the UVM Linguistics Club visited the Linguistic Society of America 2019 Annual Meeting in New York City. UVM Linguistics Director, Julie Roberts, presented research on the Vermont dialect: "Is there anything left of the traditional Vermont dialect? A study of Vermont’s last frontier." Students had a chance to attend many lectures presented by linguistics scholars from around the globe.

Above: Members of the Linguistics Club present a chair they painted for Bennan's Pub, an on-campus eatery that features chairs designed by various student groups. 

Study Abroad

Students in our department take advantage of the many study abroad opportunities available through UVM’s membership in the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). Find out more about study abroad with the Office of International Education.

Learning Communities

UVM’s residential learning communities are for students interested in exploring an array of diverse subjects alongside their peers. Students have an opportunity to learn outside the classroom in order to fully understand and learn in a social, communal setting. Find out more here!


The College of Arts & Sciences partners with companies and professional programs to provide semester-long, immersive experiences for our students