Goals of the Linguistics Program

  • to make students aware of the intricacies of their native language
  • to give students tools to learn other languages, to make them better language learners
  • to prepare students to work with people of different linguistic backgrounds
  • to help students understand the role language plays in human society
  • to make students aware of the causes of language stereotypes, such as those dealing with Black English, regional accents and sign language
  • to encourage students to discuss and evaluate language policies, such as bilingual education and “English Only” laws
  • to add a linguistic component to their major field of study, be it in humanities, education, social sciences, behavioral sciences, or natural sciences