October 1st, 2008


College advice?

Greetings, all. I'm currently taking classes at a local community college, but I intend to transfer to a four-year school soon and major in Linguistics. I would like to teach at the college level eventually, so I need to know about graduate schools as well, but obviously not right away. Any school recommendations in the Mid-Atlantic US (I live in Virginia)?

PS I've been giggling and grinning my way through the posts from the last two weeks, particularly octopodes/octopi/octopuses and agnus dei--I think I'm going to like this community a lot.

EDIT: Wow. Thanks so much for the outpouring of information, everyone. I'm probably going to end up at ODU still...I know someone who just graduated from their Linguistics program, and several others have recommended it to me, but I will definitely keep all the grad schools mentioned in mind.

Linguistics Major?

Hello dear linguaphiles,

For the past couple of years, I have been planning to apply to UC Berkeley as a German major, and now my application is due next month. Recently, however, I've been playing with the notion of applying as a linguistics major. I've never actually taken a course on linguistics as I'm pretty sure it's not even offered at my community college. Now I'm having a little difficulty deciding what to do, as I will not be able to change my major as a transfer applicant (assuming I even get in).
I assume linguistics might be the more practical option as far as careers go. I also think its something I end up being passionate about, especially since it seems to tie in so many other disciplines I've been fascinated with (but not to the point of majoring in) in the last couple of years. However, my passion has always been with learning German and I have to admit I was really looking forward to taking just about everything listed in the course catalog under German.

Would a double major in linguistics AND German be a reasonable idea? Would I end up feeling so saturated in language I'd go crazy? I remember my experience with thinking I could be a psych major, and after taking just two psych classes at a time I went a little crazy by being too analytical of myself. I hope I wouldn't have a similar experience in analyzing language too much.

I was wondering if anybody in this group could offer me a little guidance. At the very least, it would be nice to hear about other people's experience.

Thank you,

Demon Lord


I'm just curious, but how many of you here have a career in Linguistics or that heavily uses your Linguistic training (and what is it)? How many of you are majoring in Linguistics and want to use that to obtain a career, and what do you want to do?


Thanks to all who commented regarding good linguistics programs in the US. I really appreciate it--I feel so loved!

Now, I have what may be (although I hope not)  a slightly more contentious question: what books would you recommend to someone with a fair amount of background in languages (Latin, German, French, a smidgen of ancient Greek), but little in linguistics itself? I love to read, and I want to be informed before I commit myself 100% to this major, plus I'd like to have a leg up when I really get into my core classes.

Also, I'd like to start at least one other language before I leave school--any recommendations? I'm considering either Russian or an Asian language. I want to be as well-rounded as possible.