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Who should study Linguistics?

The typical student of Linguistics is someone who likes studying foreign languages but is more interested in the languages themselves than the literature written in the 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, i.e. Language.

No high schools and very few community colleges offer any courses in Linguistics per se. For students who are unable to take actual Linguistics courses before coming to 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 would also be useful.


Last Modified: May 7, 2008

Undergrad Majors Linguistics Minor