A B.A. in linguistics is good training for careers in:


  • Bilingual Education
  • Modern Foreign Languages


  • Journalism
  • Editing

Computer Science and Software Development

  • Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Speech recognition software
  • Grammar- and spell-checkers
  • Translation software
  • Writing of glossaries and computer dictionaries


  • Modern Languages
  • Bible translation

Cross-Cultural Environments

  • International aid organizations
  • International business
  • Missions/ministry
  • Local non-profit organizations

Because language is a natural behavior, constrained by physiological and social structures, and is a medium for creative expression, linguistics constitutes a significant component of many fields in the humanities, social, and hard sciences. It therefore provides good preparation for further study or training in:

  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Classics
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology/Cognitive Science
  • Neuroscience
  • Speech Pathology
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Communications
  • Gender Studies
  • Minority Studies

The study of linguistics raises awareness of how effective communication works. A B.A. in linguistics can therefore be beneficial to anyone who needs to communicate effectively, including those in:

  • Medical professions
  • Legal professions
  • Politics
  • Ministry
  • Counseling
  • Managerial Positions

Boston University's site is a nice place to start when looking for information on what you can do with a B.A. in linguistics.