Who should study Linguistics?

The typical student of Linguistics enjoys studying foreign languages but is more interested in the languages themselves than the literature written in those languages. Many students are attracted to linguistics by the combination of scientific and humanistic aspects—the type of thinking that linguists do is objective and logical, but the object of study is the most human of all phenomena.

No high schools and very few community colleges offer any courses in linguistic analysis.For students who are unable to take actual linguistics courses before entering UCLA, the best preparatory work would be solid study in one or more foreign languages, courses in logic, the history of English, or the literature of Old and Middle English.

Prospective community college students who are interested in transferring to UCLA in a Linguistics major should consult the Undergraduate Admission website for more information.

Last Modified: May 7, 2008

Undergrad Majors Linguistics Minor