Linguistics BA

The linguistics major at Oswego — the only one of its kind among SUNY four-year colleges — develops cross-cultural communication interests and skills for the modern global marketplace.


Gain an in-depth and interdisciplinary experience, grounded in five core linguistics courses that examine the foundational properties of natural languages — plus eight additional courses that observe language from a variety of other perspectives.

You can creatively mix courses and interests for an exciting and useful major. Combine a double-major in linguistics with another field of your choosing. The curriculum helps develop problem-solving and writing abilities — two essential skills for today’s demanding job markets. Excel and you may be inducted into Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language Honor Society, which includes the study of linguistics.


Bachelor of Arts


  • Understand the implications and applications of linguistic knowledge
  • Appreciate the importance of linguistic diversity
  • Support a stance against social injustices based on language, race and other factors
  • Advocate for socially just policies and practices related to language and people of language minority

Career Opportunities

  • Teaching English abroad
  • Federal or local government agencies
  • Local judicial systems
  • International trade
  • Speech pathology
  • Technical writing
  • Interpreting/translation

My favorite part about my major is that it is interdisciplinary. I learned about so many different subjects that are related to linguistics, which sparked my interest in many other subjects such as studying the mind or computers.

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