23.305, Qs: Why Major in Linguistics?

Tue Jan 17 16:02:02 UTC 2012

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Subject: 23.305, Qs: Why Major in Linguistics?

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Date: 16-Jan-2012
From: Monica Macaulay [mmacaula at wisc.edu]
Subject: Why Major in Linguistics?

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Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 11:01:52
From: Monica Macaulay [mmacaula at wisc.edu]
Subject: Why Major in Linguistics?

E-mail this message to a friend:
Some years back we wrote an FAQ pamphlet for the Linguistic Society 
of America, called ''Why Major in Linguistics (and what does a linguist 
do)?'' (available at www.lsadc.org/info/ling-faqs-whymajor.cfm).  This 
pamphlet is often distributed by undergraduate linguistics programs to 
prospective majors and minors.  We are currently working to update 
this resource, and would like your input.

We would be happy with any feedback you might have, but the main 
question we're interested in answering is:  What does formal training in 
linguistics prepare you to do?  Specifically, we're looking for information 
and ideas on career paths and jobs, including both academic and non-
academic postgraduate work, for students with an undergraduate 
degree in Linguistics and/or for those who have completed an MA or 
PhD in Linguistics (either formal or applied).

Please email both of us at the email addresses listed below with your 

Thank you in advance for your input!

Monica Macaulay (mmacaula at wisc.edu)
Kristen Syrett (k-syrett at ruccs.rutgers.edu) 

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics

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