Your Future in Linguistics

Are you interested in how language has changed over time? Do you enjoy working with computers or other technical equipment? Are you a persistent worker? Then, you should pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics at the University of North Texas.

Having a degree in linguistics allows you to explore careers in:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computer speech recognition
  • Computer text recognition
  • Dialect coaching
  • Preserving native languages
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Translation Positions may also be available in basic and applied research in medicine, law, marketing and government.

What we offer

In the Department of Linguistics and Technical Communication, our focus is ensuring you receive the proper training and knowledge to have a successful career or for pursuing a graduate education. The curriculum allows you to immerse yourself in the study of language and understand its structure, use, design and application.

Our faculty members, in addition to being outstanding teachers, are active researchers who share a common interest in language structure and its use. They have studied:

  • English as a Second Language
  • Indo-Aryan languages
  • Second language acquisition
  • Tibetan language
  • Undocumented languages

The Linguistics and Technical Communication Colloquium Series will give you an opportunity to meet top researchers in the field and gain new perspectives.

The department is a pioneer in its area because of our interdisciplinary approach to linguistics and technical communication. This helps us to develop new solutions for real-world application in local and international community outreach programs.

What to expect

In addition to the university’s core curriculum, you will complete 36 semester hours of required courses and specialized electives. The course work gives you an in-depth understanding of:

  • Morphology and syntax
  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Scientific methods used to study language
  • Semantics and pragmatics (meaning)

Our Career Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources that are available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your senior year, apply for admission at by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT. For details, visit

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at