Computer Science and Linguistics

planet with other planets circling

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Linguistics is a joint program supported by the College of Engineering and housed within the Department of Linguistics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The program prepares students to pursue technical or professional careers in art and science areas that require a sound grounding in computer science. Students will be prepared to meet the increasing demand for programming skills in speech recognition, speech synthesis, machine-human interaction, narrative science/natural language generation, demography, and social network analysis, all of which include an aspect of language.  Or students may choose direct work with language analysis using computational tools; such areas include documentation of indigenous languages, language learning apps, health care communication, and digital humanities and textual analyses.

Unique Skills and Competencies

student with stack of books

In addition to the foundation set of skills and competencies you will gain in any liberal arts and science major, there are also unique skills and perspectives you gain from your Computer Science and Linguistics major. Review the list below to learn more:

  • Understand the general characteristics of human language and demonstrate knowledge of the core principles and empirical issues addressed by linguistic theories
  • Gain knowledge of language change and variation across community, region, class, age, gender, and ethnicity
  • Demonstrate knowledge and critical thinking in areas of language development and maintenance, communication, multilingualism, and language acquisition
  • Develop critical thinking skills to understand the social and ethical contexts of language processing and computing, as well as the impact of language technologies on human life
  • Develop the theory and practice necessary to apply linguistic principles in a computational way
  • Design and build software systems capable of linguistic processing, including speech recognition and machine-human interaction
  • Gain experience with different levels of linguistic analysis and their representations, from morphology, morpho-syntax, syntax, and lexical semantics to larger units of text and interaction

Industry Clusters

group of squares

Depending on your professional interests, you can apply the Computer Science and Linguistics major to many workplace settings and industries.  Below is a sample list of industry clusters. What type of setting or career focus appeals to you?

  • Business Management Administration
  • Biomathematics
  • Digital Communications
  • E-Commerce
  • Education
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Government, International Affairs, and Public Service
  • Health Care and Health Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations
  • Operations Research
  • Social Media
  • Social Services

Deeper Dive? Visit the Department Website for More Info!

View the Undergraduate Catalog