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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in Linguistics



Linguistics is the study of the structure of human language. Students examine the forms and properties of phrases, sentences, sounds, and meanings. The social, cultural, cognitive, and historical facets of human language can also be explored. Students have the opportunity to study aspects of a vast assortment of familiar and unfamiliar languages, both in their own right and in comparison to the structure of English. The Department of Linguistics offers a major and minor in Linguistics, both designed to provide solid training in the core areas of the discipline as well as provide flexibility for individuals who choose to pursue their own specialized interests.

Linguistics is versatile and helps develop skills useful anywhere. Modern work in linguistics has had a profound impact on many fields where language is central: psychology, cognitive science, computer science, philosophy, the study of individual languages, literary theory, and anthropology. Graduates may go on to study linguistics in graduate school, or, because of their training in research, critical thinking, and writing, are also prepared for law school and other professional schools. Additionally, many careers do not require a specific major, but are chosen on the basis of personal interests, skills, preferences, and ambitions. Thus graduates can also pursue careers in business, government, education, and the Nonprofit sector. Regardless of your career plans, it is important to develop your marketability through internships, responsible work experience, good grades, and participation in campus activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Administrative Assistant Historian Public Administrator
Advertising Account Exec. Human Resources Specialist Public Relations Specialist
Attorney Insurance Underwriter Publicity Assistant
Business Manager Interpretor Research Asst.
Campaign Manager Journalist Researcher/Writer
Claims Examiner Legislative Assistant Sales Representative
Community Relations Director Lexicographer Special Events Coordinator
Copy Writer Lobbyist Speech Pathologist
Corporate Trainer Management Trainee Speech Writer
Critic Market Research Analyst Teacher/Professor
Customer Relations Rep Marketing/Sales Manager Television Producer
Editor/Writer Media Buyer Translator
Education Curator Nonprofit Administrator Underwriter
Forensic Linguist Personnel Trainee Volunteer Coordinator
Government Agency Admin Production Assistant Writer/Author

Types of Employers


Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Book/Magazine Publishers Hospitality Organizations Public Relations Firms
Community Arts Centers Insurance Companies Research Firms
Community service agencies Libraries Retail Stores
Consumer Organizations Market research firms Telecommunications Firms
Educational Institutions Media (Radio, TV) Theaters
Foundations Museums .
Healthcare Facilities Newspapers/Magazines .


Government Agencies
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services Division of Youth & Family Services National Institutes of Health
CIA/FBI Institute of Museum Services National Security Agency
Census Bureau Legislative Affairs Office of English Language Acquisition
Civil Rights Commission Library of Congress Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Consumer Affairs Office NJ Department of Education Peace Corps/AmeriCorps
Cultural Affairs Agencies National Archives & Records Administration Travel and Tourism Dept.
Department of Defense National Endowment for the Arts Voice of America
Department of Education National Endowment for the Humanities .

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students


Organization Job Title
The Language and Enrichment Center, LLC Teachers' Aide Intern

Rutgers Recreation Aquatics Intern

Rutgers Recreation Aquatics Aquatics Intern

Blooms by the Box Marketing & Social Media Management

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Linguistics
Organization Job Title


Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Linguistics
Medical Economics Magazine Associate Editor

Hay-Huggins Co., Inc. Benefit Specialist

Intel Corp. Group Leader

Baker & Taylor (MLS) Manager of Book Cataloging

Somerset School of Massage Therapy Massage Therapist

American Institute for Foreign Study Outbound Administrator

Paramus Police Department Police Officer

U.S. Embassy, Berlin Political Officer

The Children's Book Council Publications & Marketing Director

Solara (PhD Linguistics) Senior Copywriter

Voxmedica (PhD Linguistics) Senior Copywriter

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Graduate Schools Attended


Institution Degree Field
Benjamin N. Cardozo JD Law

Rutgers University MS Linguistics

Rutgers University MLS Library Science

Rutgers University PhD Linguistics

University of Kansas MS Speech-Language Pathology

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