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Linguistics involves the study of language in many domains and from multiple perspectives.  The core courses analyze sounds, words, and the structure of language(s).  The discipline also covers old and new languages; speech in ordinary conversation, the workplace, and the classroom.  Child acquisition of languages and adult acquisition of secondary language are important topics.  Linguists also study language in relation to gender, culture, the brain, as well as the interrelationship of languages and dialects. Linguists analyze and contribute to mass communication, they testify about language meaning and use in the courtroom, and they analyze natural language processing.  Their expertise helps people in all walks of life to communicate more effectively: patients and doctors, spouses and partners, students and teachers.  Finally, linguists teach non-native speakers to speak, read, write, and comprehend English.

The Linguistics major consists of 33 semester hours distributed as detailed here. Students must maintain a 2.5 UF GPA on all critical tracking coursework in semester 3 and a 2.75 UF GPA in semesters 4 and 5.

Please see this video below to learn more about Linguistics from the perspectives of previous undergraduate students.

For further information contact the Linguistics Undergraduate Coordinator:
Dr. Paula Golombek
4131 Turlington Hall
PO Box 115454
Gainesville, FL 32611
Telephone: (352) 294-7459

Combination BA/MA Degree

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