Study Options

Duke's Focus Program for first-year students provides clusters of courses designed around an interdisciplinary theme. Focus faculty come from academic departments in Arts & Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering and are leading researchers in their fields. Topics for study include several themes that draw from the Linguistics Program.

The Linguistics Program has a strong tradition of supervising students who elect to write an honors thesis. Faculty are able to offer expert supervision in a wide range of areas. You will benefit from intense one-to-one supervision from dedicated and experienced educators. You should approach faculty as supervisors in the Spring semester before your final year. The thesis is written as an ‘independent study’ class which is graded, and the final thesis is awarded a level of pass, distinction, higher distinction or highest distinction.

Linguistics faculty are able to offer research independent study in a wide range of areas. Particular strengths include neurolinguistics, sociolinguistics, language and politics, and historical linguistics, though faculty are willing to consider supervision in any aspect of language study. Many affiliated faculty offer region-specific expertise.