The Study of Language and Language Behavior

A group of students participate in a linguistics class.

PCC's Linguistics Department offers courses in the three major branches of linguistics — general, applied, and theoretical linguistics. We emphasize the social, psychological, and historical aspects of language and develop your capacity to observe, assess, and analyze how language operates. By completing PCC's Linguistics Program, you will be able to understand the systems and functions of human languages and critically analyze and synthesize various aspects of human languages. Studying linguistics at PCC will also prepare you for advanced study in linguistics and foreign languages at CSU, UC, and private universities. Employment in education, research, communication, psychology, speech pathology, cultural studies, and child development is available to you with an advanced degree in linguistics.