Computer Science & Linguistics

What Is It?:

Do you ever wonder how Apple’s Siri, Google’s Translate, or Amazon’s Echo work? Are you intrigued by advances in artificial intelligence, which enable computers to have human-like behavior and understand spoken or written language? Do you think you have what it takes to design user-friendly computer programs and interfaces using natural language communication? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you should consider the CS & Linguistics degree.

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • CS 125 - Intro to Computer Science
  • CS 173 - Discrete Structures
  • LING 100 - Intro to Language Science

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Code breaking
  • Computer theory
  • Data networking
  • Hardware systems
  • Inventory management
  • Medical imaging
  • Natural Language Softward design
  • Networking
  • Software systems
  • Surveillance
  • Virtual reality

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Applications Programmer
  • Artificial Intelligence Specialist
  • Computer Aided Engineer
  • Computer Engineer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Systems Manager
  • Database Manager
  • Electronic Data Processing Auditor
  • Operating Systems Programmer
  • Operations Research Specialist
  • Software Engineer
  • Special Effects (FX) Specialist
  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Software Developer
  • Technical Sales Representative
  • Technical Writer

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • iRobotics: focuses on competing in CARD and other robotics competitions, as well as spreading the word of science and technology to the community.
    • Women in Computer Science: offers a comfortable environment for everybody who studies and does research in computer science.
    • League of Linguists (LOL): The League of Linguists stimulates academic enrichment and social interaction among students, faculty, and staff of the Department of Linguistics. We are the representative organization of undergraduates for linguistics and those from related fields.

Related Skills:

  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Computer skills
  • Data analysis
  • Problem solving skills
  • Research skills
  • Teamwork skills

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Computer Science & Linguistics, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Computer Science & Linguistics.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Computer Science & Linguistics.  These organizations include Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Association for Applied Linguistics.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Computer Science, visit Undergraduate Programs.