The Rice Linguistics Department is the home of an active community of scholars with a wide range of interests. Broadly defined, the department adopts a functional, usage-based approach to language and linguistic theory.
Linguistics is, by its nature, an interdisciplinary field. The undergraduate major provides both an in-depth grounding in the field as well as cross-disciplinary breadth. Our doctoral program in Linguistics emphasizes the study of language in its cognitive, social, cultural and physical contexts.
The School of Social Sciences at Rice University is dedicated to challenging old assumptions, finding answers to tough questions and generating solutions that make lives better.