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Language studies look into multiple issues related to the use of language, such as how language can be learnt, how language is composed (letters, syllables, words, sentences), and how grammatical and structural aspects work together to create meaning and logic.

Subjects included by courses in language studies include topics such as evolutionary linguistics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neuro-linguistics, language acquisition and discourse analysis. Literature studies also feature an important research component in further understanding and developing human knowledge of linguistics. Supportive disciplines in the field include anthropology, human anatomy, informatics, philosophy, sociology, psychology as well as education.

Students learn about concepts such as phonology, syntax, semantics, or phonetic analysis. They get a chance to become aware of the linguistic subtleties of poetry, may focus on pronunciation and sentence fluency, and learn the historical and development of language studies.

Students will acquire excellent oral and written communication skills. They will also become proficient in data analysis, as well as gathering and interpreting information. Language studies specialists will develop rhetorical abilities and will be able to make detailed research on any topic regarding the area of language.

Graduates usually pursue careers like: interpreter, journalist, translator, language researcher or teacher.

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Top Ranked Universities in Language Studies on ShortCoursesPortal

Universities Location QS Rankings (2018) Linguistics
Cambridge, United States 12
Cambridge, United States 1
Amherst Center, United States 101
Cambridge, United Kingdom 2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 21
Oxford, United Kingdom 3
Stanford, United States 5
Berkeley, United States 4
Los Angeles, United States 9
Beijing, China 7
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 13
Philadelphia, United States 45
Moscow, Russia 44
College Park, United States 201
London, United Kingdom 16
Singapore, Singapore 17
Amsterdam, Netherlands 35
Tokyo, Japan 6
Lancaster, United Kingdom 101
Columbus, United States 151
Chicago, United States 18
Toronto, Canada 22
New York City, United States 20
Melbourne, Australia 36
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 36
Kowloon, Hong Kong (SAR) 51
Sydney, Australia 29
Urbana, United States 51
Canberra, Australia 28
Montréal, Canada 45
Vancouver, Canada 39
Ann Arbor, United States 51
Mitte, Germany 22
Seoul, South Korea 11
Kowloon, Hong Kong (SAR) 101
Austin, United States 51
San Diego, United States 101
Manchester, United Kingdom 25
Washington, D. C., United States 101
Taipei, Taiwan 31
Santa Barbara, United States 151
Sydney, Australia 151
New Haven, United States 8
Singapore, Singapore 51
Birmingham, United Kingdom 51
Helsinki, Finland 51
Beijing, China 51
Ithaca, United States 39
Auckland, New Zealand 42
Santa Cruz, United States 50
Madrid, Spain 51
Bologna, Italy 51
Providence, United States 51
Cardiff, United Kingdom 251
Pittsburgh, United States 101
Kazan, Russia 101
München, Germany 51
Nanjing, China 51
Taipei, Taiwan 101
Evanston, United States 151
Osaka-shi, Japan 51
Santiago, Chile 51
Princeton, United States 15
West Lafayette, United States 201
New Brunswick, United States 101
Aachen, Germany 151
Roma, Italy 51
Shanghai, China 101
New York City, United States 151
Campinas, Brazil 51
Madrid, Spain 51
Milano, Italy 51
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium 101
George Town, Malaysia 151
Edmonton, Canada 101
Antwerpen, Belgium 201
Frankfurt am Main, Germany 151
Buenos Aires, Argentina 38
Copenhagen, Denmark 51
Colchester, United Kingdom 101
Freiburg, Germany 101
Genève, Switzerland 51
Glasgow, United Kingdom 101
Granada, Spain 101
Groningen, Netherlands 151
Hamburg, Germany 101
Leipzig, Germany 101
Reading, United Kingdom 201
São Paulo, Brazil 51
Stuttgart, Germany 101
Tartu, Estonia 251
Tübingen, Germany 101
Warsaw, Poland 101
Coventry, United Kingdom 50
Seattle, United States 151
Uppsala, Sweden 101
Wellington, New Zealand 151
Amsterdam, Netherlands 151
Hangzhou, China 101
Aarhus, Denmark 101
Tempe Junction, United States 151
Birmingham, United Kingdom 151
Prague, Czech Republic 201
Bangkok, Thailand 51
Manila, Philippines 151
Budapest, Hungary 251
Belo Oriente, Brazil 201
Göttingen, Germany 101
Gent, Belgium 151
Baltimore, United States 101
Graz, Austria 251
Seoul, South Korea 101
Melbourne, Australia 251
Nagoya, Japan 101
Moscow, Russia 151
Flagstaff, United States 151
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom 201
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 151
Belfast, United Kingdom 151
Beijing, China 101
Houston, United States 251
Burnaby, Canada 151
Seoul, South Korea 51
Tel Aviv Yaffo, Israel 151
Jerusalem, Israel 151
Albuquerque, United States 151
Hamilton, New Zealand 151
Sendai-shi, Japan 51
Lisbon, Portugal 151
Adelaide, Australia 151
Basel, Switzerland 151
Bergen, Norway 251
Bucharest, Romania 201
Christchurch, New Zealand 151
Santiago, Chile 151
Köln, Germany 151
Newark, United States 151
Konstanz, Germany 251
Leeds, United Kingdom 51
Minneapolis, United States 201
Dunedin, New Zealand 101
Pavia, Italy 201
Québec, Canada 151
Salamanca, Spain 101
Santiago, Chile 201
Hefei, China 201
Siena, Italy 151
Wuhan, China 201
Auckland, New Zealand 201
Puebla, Mexico 201
London, United Kingdom 251
Newton, United States 201
Provo, United States 201
Venice, Italy 101
Montreal West, Canada 201
Durham, United States 51
Florianópolis, Brazil 201
Rio Grande, Brazil 201
Taipei, Taiwan 201
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 201
Brussels, Belgium 151
Kraków, Poland 151
Mainz, Germany 251
Fukuoka, Japan 101
Ottawa, Canada 201
Bang Yai, Thailand 201
Tianjin, China 201
Tainan, Taiwan 201
Hsinchu, Taiwan 151
Athens, United States 201
Lima, Peru 151
Busan, South Korea 201
Saarbrücken, Germany 201
Shanghai, China 101
Shinagawa-ku, Japan 201
Bangkok, Thailand 251
Perth, Australia 151
Bogotá, Colombia 51
Lyon, France 201
Buffalo, United States 201
Belgrade, Serbia 201
Bern, Switzerland 201
Cape Town, South Africa 251
Boulder, United States 201
Lisbon, Portugal 101
Liverpool, United Kingdom 151
Macao, Macao (SAR) 201
Newcastle, Australia 201
Padua, Italy 151
Pisa, Italy 201
Santiago de Compostela, Spain 151
Sheffield, United Kingdom 151
Szeged, Hungary 201
Tsukuba, Japan 151
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 151
Vilnius, Lithuania 201
Toronto, Canada 151
Tokyo, Japan 251
Bangor, United Kingdom 251
Istanbul, Turkey 251
Hanover, United States 151
Durham, United Kingdom 51
Curitiba, Brazil 251
Washington, D. C., United States 251
Atlanta, United States 251
Southport, Australia 251
Wuhan, China 251
Gießen, Germany 251
Brno, Czech Republic 251
Palmerston North, New Zealand 251
Athens, Greece 251
Ma-kung, Taiwan 251
Paris, France 251
Valparaíso, Chile 251
San Diego, United States 251
Stellenbosch, South Africa 251
Exeter, United Kingdom 151
Athens, United States 251
Grenoble, France 251
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 251
Dublin, Ireland 51
Alicante, Spain 251
Bath, United Kingdom 201
Bonn, Germany 251
Brasília, Brazil 251
Bremen, Germany 251
Irvine, United States 151
Florence, Italy 201
Haifa, Israel 251
Canterbury, United Kingdom 251
Lódz, Poland 251
Mannheim, Germany 251
Armidale, Australia 251
Chapel Hill, United States 201
Pittsburgh, United States 201
Porto, Portugal 201
Sevilla, Spain 151
Southampton, United Kingdom 101
London, Canada 251
Hanoi, Vietnam 251
Xiamen, China 251
Beijing, China 51
Boston, United States 101
New York City, United States 10
Seoul, South Korea 34
Berlin Steglitz, Germany 31
Shanghai, China 27
Bloomington, United States 51
London, United Kingdom 49
Seoul, South Korea 24
Leuven, Belgium 51
Kyoto, Japan 14
Leiden, Netherlands 51
Lund, Sweden 101
East Lansing, United States 151
Melbourne, Australia 51
Mexico City, Mexico 25
Hsinchu, Taiwan 101
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom 201
University Park, United States 51
Barcelona, Spain 101
London, United Kingdom 101
Nijmegen, Netherlands 201
Saint Petersburg, Russia 101
London, United Kingdom 51
Stockholm, Sweden 101
Beijing, China 33
Tromsø, Norway 51
Paris, France 18
Kampung Baru Subang, Malaysia 101
Tucson, United States 151
Barcelona, Spain 51
Storrs, United States 51
Honolulu, United States 201
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 51
Montréal, Canada 51
Sydney, Australia 51
Nottingham, United Kingdom 51
Eugene, United States 51
Oslo, Norway 101
Ottawa, Canada 151
Potsdam, Germany 51
Brisbane, Australia 101
Los Angeles, United States 151
Vienna, Austria 101
Madison, United States 101
York, United Kingdom 151
Zürich (Kreis 1), Switzerland 51
Utrecht, Netherlands 101
Tokyo, Japan 41
Seoul, South Korea 29
Seoul, South Korea 42
Heidelberg, Germany 45
Seoul, South Korea 101
Monterrey, Mexico 101
Mexico City, Mexico 101
St Andrews, United Kingdom 101
Dublin, Ireland 151
Tokyo, Japan 151
Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 151
Akademgorodok, Russia 151
Paris, France 151
Bogotá, Colombia 151
Dublin, Ireland 151
Lausanne, Switzerland 151
South Bend, United States 151
Bagong Pagasa, Philippines 151
Chiang Mai, Thailand 201
Seoul, South Korea 201
Geelong, Australia 201
Seoul, South Korea 201
Shanghai, China 201
Kobe, Japan 201
Hamilton, Canada 201
Oxford, United Kingdom 201
Guangzhou, China 201
College Station, United States 201
Cairo, Egypt 201
Roma, Italy 201
Mexico City, Mexico 201
Münster, Germany 201
Cluj-Napoca, Romania 201
Cork, Ireland 201
Alcalá de Henares, Spain 201
Seoul, South Korea 201
Turin, Italy 201
Charlottesville, United States 201
Zaragoza, Spain 201
Toulouse, France 201
Marseille, France 251
Beijing, China 251
Lyon, France 251
Palaiseau, France 251
Fontainebleau, France 251
London, United Kingdom 251
Paris, France 251
Seoul, South Korea 251
São Paulo, Brazil 251
Sofia, Bulgaria 251
Tomsk, Russia 251
Coleraine, United Kingdom 251
Medellín, Colombia 251
Kolkata, India 251
Davis, United States 251
Canberra, Australia 251
Coimbra, Portugal 251
Gainesville, United States 251
Guadalajara, Mexico 251
Jakarta, Indonesia 251
Innsbruck, Austria 251
Limerick, Ireland 251
Nanterre, France 251
V~ung Tàu, Vietnam 251
Timisoara, Romania 251
Barcelona, Spain 51
Paris, France 51
Seoul, South Korea 51
Milano, Italy 51
Paris, France 51
Bristol, United Kingdom 51
Bogotá, Colombia 51