Please visit the Linguistics major page for more information about this major/concentration at the University of Virginia.  

Field of Study: The study of language as a specialized communicative system with its own distinctive principles of structure and patterning.

Post-Graduate Occupations of Past Linguistics Majors

  • Realtors
  • Graphic Designers
  • Management Consultants
  • Linguists
  • Journalists
  • Attorneys
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Publicists
  • Policy Analysts

Professional Associations

Build Your Resume

Don't forget to pursue opportunities outside of your schoolwork. Your major is one of many lenses you might use to look at possible careers.  Explore UVA Career Center resources on internships, externships, part-time jobs, and extracurricular activities. Actively participating in these experiences can help clarify current goals and future interests, while building skills that employers want. Below are some ideas on how you can enhance your resume:

  • Consider a doctoral degree
  • Serve as a tutor, peer mentor, or other student leader
  • Look to assist faculty with research
  • Study various languages
  • Earn relevant degrees in preparation for other fields
  • Supplement work with courses in computer science
  • Complete relevant internships
  • Be able to continuously learn new computer languages
  • Seek On-Grounds leadership roles
  • Acquire language competency and comfort in travel
  • Learn to work well with different types of people