Linguistics Program

Linguistics Program

Linguistics at Richmond is an interdisciplinary minor that studies the system of language as a medium of cognition and perception as well as a social institution. Engaging in linguistic analysis enables students to view culture through the lens of language. Language can be studied at multiple levels: phonetics and phonology (sounds), morphology (words), syntax (sentences), and semantics and pragmatics (meaning). Faculty at Richmond investigate each of these levels in courses that take different analytical perspectives: applied linguistics, computational linguistics, generative linguistics, historical linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and theoretical linguistics. These courses address a variety of topics, including language change, language and cognition, and language and society (gender, class, race/ethnicity). 

Minor RequirementsCourses

Linguistics Careers & Alumni Success

Studying linguistics can help prepare you for a career in a variety of different fields, including but not limited to: teaching, publishing, national security, international affairs, policy, forensics, medicine, and technology. A recent study found that the major with the fewest underemployed graduates was “Foreign Languages, Literature, and Linguistics.”

Find out more about how our graduates are using their linguistics degree. 

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Taylor Arnold
Arnold Promoted

Taylor Arnold was promoted to professor of data science and statistics. Arnold’s research is fundamentally interdisciplinary and contributes to the fields of Digital Humanities (DH) and Cultural Analytics through his expertise as a mathematician and data scientist.

View Bio
Dr. Elizabeth Kissling
Kissling Published

Elizabeth Kissling, associate professor of Spanish and applied linguistics, published “Can Concept-based Language Instruction Change Beginning Learners’ Aspectual Development?: Preliminary Experimental Evidence that Novice Learners Taught Boundedness Are Less Influenced by Lexical Aspect” in Jalda.

View Bio
Dr. Matthew Lowder
Lowder Published

Matthew Lowder, associate professor of psychology, along with student Adrian Zhou '21, published "The Lab Discovered: Place-for-Institution Metonyms Appearing in Subject Position Are Processed as Agents" in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition

View Bio
Dr. Taylor Arnold
Arnold & Kissling Published

Taylor Arnold, associate professor of statistics, along with Elizabeth Kissling, associate professor of Spanish and applied linguistics, published the article "Preliminary Evidence that Applied Cognitive Linguistics is Effective for Novice Learners Regardless of their Individual Differences" in Language Teaching Research

View Bio

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Linguistics Program
Carole Weinstein International Center
211 Richmond Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8102
Fax: (804) 287-6446

Program Coordinator: Dr. Thomas Bonfiglio
Academic Administrative Coordinator: June Wise