What can you do with a degree in Linguistics?
The pervasive role that language plays in the human experience makes a linguistic major applicable to a vast range of professions. Our alumni pair their understanding of the structure, acquisition, and use of language with a rigorous, scientific approach to problem solving. With this exceptional combination of skills, they are able to both navigate complicated social and political dilemmas as well as develop and implement creative, evidence-based solutions in a variety of professional areas, including technology, medicine, government, nonprofit and education.
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- What Careers Can I Pursue? — Take a quick quiz to learn what College of Arts & Sciences alumni with similar interests have done since graduating.
- Next Destination for Linguistics Majors — See survey data from recent UW graduates on the opportunities they pursued immediately after graduation.
- Alumni News — Read about the latest accomplishments of our alumni.
Linguistics courses provide career-relevant skills desirable to many employers:
- How Linguistics fits into a career — Skills gained by Linguistics students and how those skills translate to many careers
- Career-relevant skills and courses — A list matching Linguistics courses with career-relevant skills and resume tips
- Ideas for careers — Career path ideas for students who pair a Linguistics major with further education
Career and Job Resources at UW
University of Washington offers diverse resources to help students build the skills to launch their careers:
- C21: Center for 21st Century Liberal Learning — Offers immersive learning experiences, partnerships both on campus and in the community, and a network of mentors to help guide students in the College of Arts & Sciences on the pathway toward selecting a major and preparing for a career after college.
- Career & Internship Center — Supports students as they explore and choose academic majors and career options, obtain and reflect upon career-related experiences, and develop professional presence and essential skills for workplace success.
- Community Engagement and Leadership Education (CELE) Center — Coordinates and connects students to community-based experiences in and around Seattle.