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.