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Sarah Bellavance, Linguistics student
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Students from Linguistics department
Linguistics is the study of language: its structure and how it is used on a day-to-day basis. Students in our Linguistics program have access to an interdisciplinary array of courses taught by professors who specialize in a range of language topics including formal grammar, language and culture, language acquisition, cognition, and bilingualism. 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.
The Linguistics Program also offers a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), a five-course sequence that provides academic coursework as well as teaching experience. While it is not a substitute for a M.S. in TESOL or a teaching certification, it does prepare students for graduate work in the field, teaching English in other countries, and working with speakers of other languages in general.

Major requirements


  • Sociolinguistics Concentration
  • Psycholinguistics Concentration
  • Language Studies Concentration
  • Formal Linguistics Concentration

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Learning Goals for Majors:

Upon completion of the Linguistics B.A. degree, students will be able to:

  • Articulate a linguistics research question and design a qualitative or quantitative study of appropriate scope to gather relevant data
  • Interpret linguistics data by applying qualitative or quantitative linguistic research methods
  • Present findings and interpretations of linguistics data orally in a clear and concise manner with appropriate use of visual tools
  • Present findings and interpretations of linguistics in writing that is clear, concise, uses appropriate terminology and is free of errors
  • Demonstrate a linguistic perspective applying critical thinking and problem-solving skills to a given problem or issue