Language is one of the most complex and fascinating biological, cognitive, cultural, and social features of humans. Linguistics is the study of language in all its variety and richness across different groups, populations, and ages.

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Founded in 1963, the UC San Diego Linguistics Department conducts research and offers in-depth instruction in the main areas of linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics), contributing to both theoretical and empirical/experimental approaches to language, including computational linguistics, fieldwork, language acquisition, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and sign language.

We are an active and integral part of the large language community at UC San Diego, together with colleagues in cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, anthropology, communication and philosophy.

We offer five undergraduate majors, three minors, and a Ph.D. program. Students also have the opportunity to obtain an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Linguistics and a graduate Specialization in Anthropogeny. There is active involvement and collaboration among our undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, visitors and faculty in our many research labs and reading groups, as well as through our Linguistics Undergraduate Association (LingUA), and our department colloquia.

The Linguistics Department is also the home of the Linguistics Language Program (LLP), which offers beginning language instruction in American Sign Language (ASL), ArabicFrench, GermanItalianPortuguese, and Spanish. It also houses the Heritage Language Program (HLP), which offers courses in FilipinoHindiKoreanPersian, and Vietnamese for heritage language speakers.

Statement on the Presidential decision to end DACA

The Department of Linguistics values and supports the undocumented members of our community, students and scholars who contribute to and enrich UC San Diego.

We affirm the message of support from the Chancellor and the UC President in response to the cancellation of the DACA program and support the lawsuit that the University of California has filed against the Department of Homeland Security challenging its decision to rescind the DACA program.

If you are impacted by the DACA decision and need support, please contact the UC San Diego Undocumented Student Services Center.

Statement on the Presidential Immigration and Travel Ban

The faculty of the Department of Linguistics of the University of California San Diego would like to express our dismay over the immigration and travel bans signed by the President. Our department teaches Persian and Arabic language classes, two languages that are widely spoken in the countries affected by the ban. We wish to affirm our support and appreciation for our highly qualified language instructors and our dedicated students who may be adversely impacted by the executive order. If you are in need of assistance or resources concerning visa status, travel or immigration, please see the following webpage provided by the International Center: