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Linguistics is the study of human language. People who study linguistics work in diverse fields such as language teaching, translation, education, computational linguistics and cross-cultural communication. It's important to study linguistics to understand how people learn languages, how we process language in the brain and how languages reflect culture and gender.

Harper College linguistics courses are certified by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Start at Harper. Finish at a four-year university.

The Associate in Arts (AA) degree prepares you to transfer to a four-year university to complete a bachelor's degree.  Visit the Transfer Information page or contact your advisor to learn about the best courses to meet your academic goals.

Bilingual Endorsement

100% Online ESL Teacher Endorsement

TESOL Certification

Explore Linguistics Careers

Learn more about career outcomes for Harper's Linguistics degree/certificate programs. Each career profile offers a complete picture on the local job market, including salaries, open positions, top local employers and more. To learn more, visit our Linguistics Careers page.


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For more information about starting your college education at Harper, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.

Linguistics Program News

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ESL Endorsement and TESOL Certificate

Watch this short video and learn about Harper's ESL endorsement for certified teachers and the TESOL certificate for those who want to teach English to speakers of other languages. Watch the Video

Last Updated: 4/8/24