Top Linguistics Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Linguistics is the systematic and objective study of human language. This article helps students learn more about good schools offering programs in linguistics. Get details on rankings, degree offerings and other distinctions.

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You can study linguistics at the undergraduate and graduate levels through several colleges and universities in the U.S. Two well-respected universities that offer degrees in this field are Ohio State University and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Both institutions provide course or concentration options that explore a variety of subjects within the field of linguistics. Continue reading to learn more.

1. Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio

School Highlight: The linguistics department at OSU is home to several research projects and institutes, such as the Buckeye Speech Corpus, the Computational Cognitive Modeling Lab, and the Nationwide Speech Project.

In 2015, U.S. News and World Report ranked Ohio State University (OSU) #54 on its list of best national universities in the United States. The Arts and Sciences school at OSU offers a bachelor's degree in linguistics. A graduate program is also available that offers different areas or concentrations of study, such as historical linguistics, phonetics, descriptive linguistics, pragmatics, phonology, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, semantics, syntax and sociolinguistics.

2. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Minneapolis, Minnesota

School Highlight: Undergraduate linguistics students at the University of Minnesota have the opportunity to receive up to $1,700 in research grants to pursue a research project through the department's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.

The Princeton Review reported that the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus was one of the best among Midwestern colleges. A bachelor's degree is available in linguistics at this school. The coursework includes classes on semantics, phonological theory, conversation analysis, syntactic theory and languages of the world. At the end of the program, students complete a written thesis and research paper on a chosen subject.

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School Name Distinction Location
Indiana University-Bloomington Linguistics department offers a concentration in African languages and linguistics at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels Bloomington, IN
Michigan State University University operates an EEG lab for the study of neurolinguistics East Lansing, MI
New York University Linguistics department has research labs studying phonology, morphology, neuroscience, sociolinguistics, semantics and syntax New York, NY
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus Chinese Language Partners Program allows Chinese-speaking and English-speaking students to pair and advance cross-cultural linguistic study University Park, PA
University of Arizona Linguistics department offers a master's degree in Native American languages and linguistics Tucson, AZ
University of Florida Linguistics department has at least four labs devoted to topics including language and the brain, corpus linguistics, language and cognition and language over the lifespan Gainesville, FL
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Linguistics students can present research through the university's Studies in the Linguistic Sciences publication Champaign, IL
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Doctoral students can create a combined degree program pairing linguistics with a complimentary discipline like anthropology or psychology Ann Arbor, MI
The University of Texas at Austin University is home to the Linguistics Research Center, specializing in the study of Indo-European languages Austin, TX
University of Washington-Seattle Campus Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees are offered in general linguistics, and a master's degree program is available in computational linguistics Seattle, WA
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