Computer Science and Linguistics

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Computer Science and Linguistics?

This is a program for students who plan to pursue careers in Linguistics with a background in Computer Science.

You’ll learn the tools of computer science through programming and research, as well as philosophical analysis. You’ll also gain experience in labs, where our faculty members are at the forefront of experimental research. In this major, you’ll be able to harness the power of computers to better explain and understand languages. You will combine the two fields to give computers natural, human-like behavior and an understanding of language. You will also create programs that use natural language communication.

Career Options

  • Law
  • Natural language communication
  • Medicine
  • Research
  • Teaching

Post-Graduation Success1

95% employed or continuing education

90% employed after graduation

5% attending graduate school

$87,450 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Amazon, Microsoft, Novumind View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Chicago View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Calculus preferred (if available at high school)
  • Interest in Linguistics in addition to Computer Science

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.9 years to degree

93% first-year retention rate

72% four-year graduation rate

85% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,976
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $41,126


  • Tuition: $39,736
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $63,226


  • Tuition: $42,868
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $66,358