Language, Culture, & Society

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.

General Major Information

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:

Foreign Language                              
Chicano Studies


General Career Information

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 and 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:

Public Policy
International Relations
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Professional Associations

Linguistics Society of America
The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) was founded in 1924 to advance the scientific study of language. LSA plays a critical role in supporting and disseminating linguistic scholarship both to professional linguists and to the general public.

American Association for Applied Linguistics
Founded in 1977, the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) is a professional organization of scholars who are interested in and actively contribute to the multi-disciplinary field of applied linguistics.

International Association of Applied Linguistics
AILA has a membership of more than 8.000 individuals worldwide who as researchers, policy makers or practitioners are active in the field of Applied Linguistics

Linguistic Society of America

American Association for Applied Linguistics

International Linguistic Association


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