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Good Undergrad Linguistics

emilylouemilylou Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
edited October 2011 in College Search & Selection
I really want to study Linguistics. Does anyone know which schools have the best undergraduate programs? I have heard great things about the graduate program MIT, but nothing about the undergrad. How is the program at UMass Amerherst?
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Replies to: Good Undergrad Linguistics

  • HatshepsutHatshepsut Registered User Posts: 664 Member
    I don't know about UMASS, but I know Middlebury has a great program.


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  • tk21769tk21769 Registered User Posts: 10,614 Senior Member
    Middlebury has outstanding instruction in a number of modern languages, but does not seem to have much of a Linguistics department. It only offers a minor and there aren't many linguistics courses in its catalog. A few other LACs (like Swarthmore) do offer Linguistics majors, with introductory courses in the major sub-fields (phonetics/phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics.)

    For richer offerings, look to major research universities. There are strong programs at most of the Ivies, Stanford, NYU, Chicago, Georgetown, and quite a few state flagships (e.g. Berkeley, UCLA, Maryland, Ohio State, and U Mass Amherst).

    The graduate schools form the department reputations. Consider schools with well-regarded graduate programs, then from those, choose according to overall undergraduate strengths and personal fit.
  • PizzagirlPizzagirl Registered User Posts: 40,488 Senior Member
    look at Penn, home of William Labov.
  • csdadcsdad Registered User Posts: 2,289 Senior Member
    My D's firend is in the program at U of Rochester & seems to be impressed with it.
  • NYU2013NYU2013 Registered User Posts: 1,780 Senior Member
    I had a professor of linguistics who did her undergrad at MIT and med school at Harvard, she loved her undergrad at MIT, then again, she took classes from Noam Chomsky.
  • 45 Percenter45 Percenter Registered User Posts: 4,279 Senior Member
    Pizzagirl wrote:
    look at Penn, home of William Labov.
    And also alma mater ( BA, MA, and Ph.D.) of Noam Chomsky. :)
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