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Linguistics Degrees

It is often said that the thing that separates humanity from animals – other than cooked food – is language. Being able to communicate with language is one of the reasons why humanity has become so powerful.

Language is a complex thing though. Not only is learning a new language time-consuming and difficult, think about how difficult it would be to actually create a new language from scratch, one as complex and derivative as the one you currently speak. The study of linguistics exists in order to help us understand, in a scientific way, the abstract noises and shapes which we use to communicate with each other, the differences between them and what they mean, the rules which govern them, and how we understand them.

Key Skills

Common skills gained from a linguistics degree include:

  • Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary skills
  • Analytical skills, and the ability to turn raw data into hard findings
  • Team-working skills
  • Critical and lateral thinking
  • Understanding of the subject-specific lexicon
  • Problem-solving skills
  • A wide and in-depth understanding of language which can be applied to other areas
  • A framework for keeping pace with developments in a constantly evolving field
  • Self-management skills
  • Time management and organization skills
  • Excellent communication skills, and the ability to present information to both laymen and experts