University of California - Santa Barbara

College of Letters and Science



University of California,

Santa Barbara, CA 93106

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A., Ph.D.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The graduate program of the UC Santa Barbara Department of Linguistics focuses on the discovery ofgeneral, theoretically significant explanations of why languages contain the structures they do, whythey change as they do, and in what ways linguistic structures are shaped by the nature of languageuse. A major goal is the pursuit of explanations for linguistic patterns, explanations that are based onthe functions of language as a contextualized social and cognitive activity. Students are encouraged toseek both breadth and depth in their understanding of a wide sample of languages, and to appreciate theways languages can differ as well as the features they share.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize Suburb

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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