Department of Linguistics

Students Studying with Laptops in Alfiero Cente on North Campus.

It is almost impossible to overstate the importance of language to individuals and society. The Department of Linguistics explores questions about structure, use, acquisition, production, comprehension and evolution. Our students receive comprehensive training from internationally recognized faculty in a variety of fascinating disciplines and world languages.

Experiential Learning

Our department’s experiential learning opportunities provide students with the chance to deepen their understanding of the world beyond the classroom.

  • Explore what makes you curious through a directed or independent study course
  • Build real-world language teaching experience in a Buffalo public school or at a public service agency
  • Spend time interacting with other cultures, languages and societies by studying abroad


Our undergraduate alums often pursue graduate work within theoretical or applied linguistics and other fields such as speech and hearing science, law, medicine or business. Some of our graduates spend one or more years teaching English overseas or have successful teaching, publishing, public service or high-tech careers.


  • BS in Computational Linguistics
  • BA in German
  • BA in German: Concentration in German Language
  • and Linguistics
  • BA in Linguistics
  • BA in Linguistics: Concentration in Chinese Language and Linguistics, Japanese Language and Linguistics, Korean Language and Linguistics
  • MA in Linguistics
  • MS in Computational Linguistics
  • MS in Data Analytics in the Social Sciences
  • PhD in Linguistics

Combined Degrees

  • BA in Linguistics/EdM in ESOL


  • Minor in American Sign Language
  • Minor in Chinese
  • Minor in German
  • Minor in Japanese
  • Minor in Korean
  • Minor in Linguistics