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Is there anything that you can do in preparation for pursuing an undergraduate degree in linguistics?

asked 2015-05-25 22:20:48 -0500

I'm a rising high school senior, and I intend to major in linguistics in college, though I have yet to decide for sure where I want to go, and of course haven't started applying to universities, as not even early action options are open at this time of year.

So, my question is this; is there anything specific that I can do to prepare to be a linguistics major? I'm taking AP Spanish this coming year, and am taking various other AP classes in an attempt to get as many of my core requirements out of the way, but I want to know if there is anything outside of school I can do, any books or research that would help me.

Thank you in advance, even if there is, in fact, nothing to be done.

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answered 2015-05-26 07:02:21 -0500

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updated 2015-05-26 07:06:04 -0500

You can explore linguistics to broaden your knowledge, and more importantly, to find out if you really like linguistics, and which sub-topics interest you most. I recommend doing (some) of the following online courses (free MOOCs):

  1. Various MOOCs by VLC / University of Marburg (three courses, two of them starting June 15)
  2. "Miracles of Human Language: An Introduction to Linguistics" by Leiden University, on Coursera (course has just ended, but the materials are still accessible I think, plus the course will probably run again later this year)

You can also watch YouTube videos, e.g. those from the VLC: (partly overlaps with Marburg course)

Good luck! :-)

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