Your Future in Linguistics

Are you interested in how language has changed over time? Do you enjoy working with computers or other technical equipment? Do you want to learn about the role of language in different cultures? Then you should pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics at the University of North Texas.

A degree in Linguistics allows you to explore careers in:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computer speech recognition
  • Computer text recognition
  • Education and educational research
  • Preserving native languages
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Translation/interpretation

Positions may also be available in basic and applied research in medicine, law, marketing and government.

What we offer

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

UNT Linguistics is supported by an active linguistics research community with ties across campus and with local, national and international communities. Our faculty engage in national and international collaborative research in:

  • Computational linguistics
  • Language acquisition and teaching
  • Language documentation
  • Language variation and change
  • South Asian languages

The Linguistics Colloquium Series will give you an opportunity to meet top researchers in the field and gain new perspectives. You can also discuss the latest trends in language as a member of the Student Linguistics Association of North Texas (SLANT).

The department is a pioneer in its area because of our interdisciplinary approach to the study of language. 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'll complete 42 credit hours of required courses and 33-39 hours of 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)


High school students

For detailed information on recognized high school graduation programs and SAT/ACT requirements, visit our admissions site.

In your senior year, apply for admission at by the March 1 priority date and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office. Do you live out of state? For your convenience, you can apply through the Common Application at

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 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.


The Career Center, Learning Center and our team of professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.