Linguistics Program

Welcome to the Program in Linguistics at Penn State.

The study of language as a structural, cognitive, historical, and cultural phenomenon is a pursuit that cuts across many different academic disciplines. Our program offers majors and minors at the doctoral and undergraduate levels designed for students in any major field.

Undergraduate Courses Graduate Dual Title Program

Hard Science + Social Science + Humanities

What Is Linguistics?

Linguistics is the scientific study of language.  Linguists are not interested in changing language or language use.  Nor are they necessarily translators or polyglots (though many linguists do speak multiple languages).  Linguists are scientists who seek to understand human language in all its complexity, including structural (grammatical), cultural, and cognitive phenomena.