Exciting, Online Degrees in Linguistics

Become an actor or train actors!!: See below for the career possibilities in online degrees in linguistics!!

“Writing is my passion. It is a way to experience the ecstatic. The root understanding of the word ecstasy -- 'to stand outside' -- comes to me in those moments when I am immersed so deeply in the act of thinking and writing that everything else, even flesh, falls away.” -bell hooks (The African American scholar, bell hooks, prefers her pseudonym name of, “bell hooks” be spelled without capital letters).

Distance education programs give modern students the flexibility that they need to work regular hours and spend time with their families as well as saving money and time on commuting. The field of linguistics is broad in both depth and breadth. By the time a person is five or six, they are able to produce sentences, understand jokes, make rhymes, and are a fluent, native speaker. Linguistics careers are diverse and thoughtful ambitions that are in demand in today’s melting pot populations.

Top down, linguistics is a diverse approach to language, cognitive and social science—and an analytical approach to language that can be applied to many fields. It is the scientific study of human language and is very tightly bound to the mind and culture. Simply put, linguistics is the study of language that involves the understanding and development and evolution of language, including the relationships between different languages and the societies that speak them.


Work for a product naming company: Companies that name products do extensive linguistic research on associations that people make with particular sounds and classes of sounds. A background in linguistics qualifies you for this research and work.

Work for the government: The federal government hires linguists for the Foreign Service, the FBI, etc.

Become an actor or train actors: Actors need training in pronunciation, intonation, and different elements of grammar in order to sound like the real speakers of a language or dialect. They may even need to know how to make mistakes to sound like an authentic nonnative speaker.

Work in the computer industry: Linguists may work on speech recognition, search engines, and artificial intelligence.

Teach at the university level: A graduate degree in linguistics and education allows you to teach in departments such as linguistics, philosophy, psychology, speech communication sciences, anthropology, English and foreign language.

Work in Education: People with a background in linguistics and education develop curricula and materials, train teachers, and design tests and other methods of assessment, especially for language arts and second language learning. At the university level, many applied linguists are involved in teacher educational research.

Teach English as a second language (ESL) in the United States or abroad: If you want to teach (ESL) in the US, you will probably need additional training in language pedagogy, such as a Masters degree Education. Many teaching positions abroad require only an undergraduate degree, but some specialized training in the subject will make you a better teacher. Linguistics can give you a valuable cross language perspective.

Work as a translator or interpreter: Skilled translators and interpreters are needed everywhere, from government to hospitals and courts of law. For this line of work, a high level proficiency in the relevant language is necessary, and specialized training may be required.

Work on language documentation or do fieldwork: A number of projects and institutes around the world are looking for linguists to work with language consultants to document, analyze, and preserve languages (some of which may be endangered). Some organizations engage in language related fieldwork including documenting endangered languages, conducting language surveys, establishing literacy programs, and translating documents of cultural heritage.  This is a wonderful way to interact with speakers of diverse languages, representing communities around the world.

Teach a foreign language: Students will benefit from your knowledge of language structure and your ability to make certain aspects of the language especially clear. You will need a very high level of proficiency in the relevant language.

Work in the publishing industry as a technical writer or a journalist: The verbal skills that linguists develop are ideal for positions in editing, publishing and writing.

Work for a testing agency: Linguists help prepare and evaluate standardized exams and conduct research on assessment issues.

Work with dictionaries (lexicography): Knowledge of phonology, morphology, historical linguistics, dialectology, and sociolinguistics is key to becoming a lexicographer.

Become a consultant on language professions such as law or medicine: The subfield of forensic linguistics involves studying the language of legal texts, linguistic aspects of evidence, and issues of voice identification and so on. Law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and police departments, law firms, and the courts hire linguists for these purposes.

To improve your chances of finding a good job after graduation, you might choose to double-major and make your linguistic work part of an interdisciplinary program of study. A secondary specialization in an area such as psychology, computer science, the speech sciences, education, journalism, philosophy, or a foreign language complements linguistics major nicely.


Linguistics can be broadly broken into three categories: the study of language structure, of language meaning, and oflanguage context. Linguistics is a complex field, and a degree will offer many different occupations with regard to all of the topics within linguistics.

Generative grammar-The study of rules followed by speakers and hearers of language.

Morphology- The identification, analysis and description of units of meaning (called morphemes).

Phonetics-Concerned with the actual properties of speech sounds, non speech sounds and how they are produced and perceived.

Phonology-Concerned with the function, behavior and organization of sounds as linguistic items. Concerned with the sounds of language.

Pragmatics-Studies the ways in which context contributes to meaning. It is often regarded as one of the most challenging aspects of language learning, and comes only through experience.

Semantics-Interfaces with philosophy and logic, speech science and technology, computer science and artificial intelligence and the study of brain and cognition.

Syntax-Is the study of how abstract units of language such as word acceptably combine into larger grammatical structures such as phrases and sentences. Syntacticians attempt to define rules which describe the formation of such structures, and disallow others, either in the grammar of a specific language, or in all languages

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