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Language and Linguistics
The Language and Linguistics Program focuses on theoretical generative linguistics. In addition to core courses on phonological theory, syntactic theory, formal semantics, and formal pragmatics, we offer electives on morphology, linguistic typology, language acquisition and development, the mathematical foundations of linguistics, historical linguistics, and computational linguistics.
Majors find that their Language and Linguistics background serves them well in preparation for a diverse variety of graduate and professional careers. Previous majors have had profound influence on fields as diverse as philosophy, psychology, anthropology, computer science, and linguistics.
The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that Language and Linguistics alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.
The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Language and Linguistics major at Brandeis.
The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. The list represents a wide array of professions, which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Language and Linguistics major at Brandeis.
|2014||Student Language Exchange||Campus Director||Education|
|2013||Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island||
|2012||Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Dyspnea Lab)||Clinical Research Assitant I||Research|
|2011||Epic||Technical Services||Healthcare/ Computer Software|
|2011||Pivotal Labs||Software Engineer||Computer Software|
|2009||Somerville Public Schools||Speech-Language Pathologis||Education|
|2009||Books Realty, LLC||Vice President of Finance||Finance|
|2007||Rosie’s Place||Public Policy Coordinator||Social Services|
In addition to you coursework, internships can be extremely beneficial as you develop academic and professional skills. The Brandeis Internship Exchange is an easy and convenient online tool for you to find and share real internship opportunities. Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to identify majors' internships.
Graduates of the language and linguistics undergraduate program have a strong, long-standing record of continuing on to Ph.D. work in the top graduate programs in linguistics. Recent graduates are Ph.D. students at the following universities:
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- The University of Maryland
- The University of Michigan
- New York University
- Ohio State University
- Rutgers University
In addition, prominent linguists with Brandeis bachelor’s degrees in linguistics are members of the faculty at the following:
- University of California at Santa Cruz
- University of Southern California
- Hebrew University
- Cornell University
- Carleton University, Canada
- Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Skills, Abilities & Knowledge
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- Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
- Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
- Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
- Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
- Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
- Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture. Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
- History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
- Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
- Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development
Sample of Possible Occupations
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Diverse career fields
Graduates of the program also commonly go on to careers in areas such as speech pathology, computational linguistics and natural language processing, teaching (including TESOL) and law. Speech pathology has been an especially popular choice for our graduates in recent years, with alumni currently enrolled in or having recently graduated from master's degree programs at:
Massachusetts General Hospital's Institute of Health Professions
Sargent College at Boston University
New York University
Additional specialities and occupations include:
Linguistic Anthropologist (in non-profit or government)
Standardized testing development and assessment
1 Select occupations from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development