- Examine the structural components of sound, form, and meaning, and the precise interplay between them.
- Interact with the field of linguistics through a series of foundation courses in linguistics theory and methodology.
- Hone analytical and argumentation skills, and prepare for future pursuits in any field to which such skills are essential, including psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, mathematics, computer science, computational linguistics, sociology, and anthropology.
- Apply theoretical and methodological tools to the analysis of linguistic data, particularly in forming and testing hypotheses, and arrive at conclusions that the data and arguments support.
- Understand how language influences the way we interact with each other and with the larger world around us.
- Investigate how people acquire their knowledge about language, how this knowledge interacts with other cognitive processes and how it varies across speakers and geographic regions.