What is Linguistics?

Linguistics is the study of how languages are structured and used and how they change throughout time. This major is designed to provide a solid background in all the core areas of theoretical linguistics and may be combined with many certificate programs that provide additional training: Teaching English as a Second Language, Translation Studies, Global Business Culture, and Global Security. As a Linguistics student, you’ll accomplish competency in at least two languages and in linguistically relevant areas of neighboring fields like psychology, sociology, speech and hearing science, anthropology, computer science, and more. Your coursework will build your analytical reasoning and argumentation, writing, and observation skills.

Career Options

  • Business
  • Computational linguistics
  • Education
  • Forensic linguistics
  • Government
  • Lexicography
  • Nonprofit work
  • Publishing
  • Translation

Post-Graduation Success1

85% employed or continuing education

71% employed after graduation

12% attending graduate school

2% volunteering

$46,167 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: CA Ventures, Carle Foundation Hospital, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Pennsylvania State University, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

27 - 33 ACT Score

1300 - 1450 SAT Score

3.36 - 3.90 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390


  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872


  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246