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College of Arts & Sciences
Linguistics Program


Mission Statement

Linguistics at USC is comprehensive in its scope. Its mission is to train students to pursue research and teach in a wide range of linguistic subdisciplines. The program strives to develop students' analytical skills and to encourage creative, critical approaches to data, models, and theories. In addition to requiring all students to have a theoretical foundation in general linguistics, phonology, and syntax, the program affords students the opportunity to take coursework or pursue specializations in other areas: discourse analysis, French/German/Spanish linguistics, historical linguistics, linguistic anthropology, philosophy of language, phonology, psycholinguistics, second/foreign language acquisition and teaching, sociolinguistics, and syntax.

The Linguistics Program at the University of South Carolina is interdepartmental in nature and interdisciplinary in orientation. It has strong ties to the departments of Anthropology; English language and literature; Languages, literatures, and cultures; Philosophy; and Psychology. In addition, the Program has the support of consulting faculty in Communication sciences and disorders; Computer science and engineering; and English Programs for Internationals, whose areas of expertise are in, or related to, linguistics, and who frequently serve on thesis and doctoral committees.

The program administers three graduate degrees: a Ph.D. in Linguistics, an M.A. in Linguistics, and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. At the undergraduate level, students may take a cognate or a minor in Linguistics, or pursue a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Linguistics. For more information, please visit the Graduate Program and the Undergraduate Program pages.