The major in linguistics at Cleveland State introduces students to the scientific description and analysis of language as a human phenomenon. Linguists are interested in the nature and structure of human language. Through the study and analysis of the diversity of human languages, linguists seek to answer some important questions:
The study of linguistics provides students with strong analytical skills that can be employed in a variety of careers. Linguistics is a science in that claims about analysis can be objectively tested by bringing in further data to prove or disprove those claims. Linguistics develops logical thinking skills and ways to “formalize” one’s claims, and because of that the major in linguistics is often used as a preparation for the study of law. Advertising, communication, journalism, and editorial work are also career paths that are open to linguistics students. Many students who decide to major in linguistics often pursue graduate work in linguistics or in a closely associated field, such as anthropology, literature, or foreign language study. Linguistics students often become interested in opportunities to teach English in other countries, and an undergraduate degree in linguistics can open the door for such a career. Students who are interested in teaching English as a second language, either overseas or in the educational system in this country, should contact the Dr. Maria Angelova in College of Education and Human Services, TESOL Program at (216) 523-7115.
A number of lesser-studied languages are available for study in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and these language classes can also be used to fulfill part of the core requirement for the linguistics major. Some of the languages that have been taught include Old English, Norse, Sanskrit, Hittite, and Mayan hieroglyphic writing.
For more information, contact:
CLASS Advising Office
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, CB 279
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
For official requirements for a degree in this major, see the Undergraduate Catalog.