What is Language, Culture, and Society?
The department's major in Language, Culture & Society is an interdisciplinary degree that focuses on sociocultural linguistics, combining aspects of sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, and related fields. It is especially recommended for students planning to pursue a graduate degree related to sociocultural linguistics, and for students interested in careers allowing them to combine issues of language, culture, and society.
How Can I Tell If I Would Like Language, Culture, and Society?
If you are fascinated by how language is used by different cultures and groups of people and the effects of language use on society, this major might be a great option for you. The major incorporates education and research in a variety of topics, from anthropology to linguistics, making it a broad and eclectic field.
The scientific study of language cultivates a number of skills and abilities including the following:
- Heightened cultural awareness
- Analytic reasoning skills
- Ability to structure and support a logical argument
- Ability to formulate and test hypotheses using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies
- Insightful observation skills (e.g. identifying and unpacking presuppositions)
- Powerful communication skills (designing a message for reception by specific audiences
What Are Potential Topics Within This Major?
Language, Culture and Society majors are able to take a multitude of classes, including:
What Are Some Possible Career Options?
Note: On its own, your major does not dictate what your job will be. The following list provides only a handful of possibilities. To learn more about these and other occupations, please visit http://www.onetonline.org/ and http://www.bls.gov/ooh/a-z-index.htm. Linguistics majors with strong liberal arts background may pursue career options in many fields. Depending on experience, specialized coursework, and possible graduate study options include:
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