When you tell a joke, write a text message, or simply daydream, you are following a set of rules almost too complicated to imagine. And yet you mastered them by the time you were three.

That’s a little weird, right?

The science of linguistics is dedicated to exploring the machinery of our mind through the faculty of language. And from education to actor training and advanced computer design, linguistics has evolved into a science of broad and practical value.

At Purchase, you will explore how language works as a system unto itself, the role it plays in various cultures, and how it influences the very thing we call consciousness. No matter what you hope to do, or who you hope to become, studying linguistics will sharpen your mind and prepare it for an amazing future.