Linguistics Department

Linguistics Majors are Taking Many Different Paths from College

Thu, May 18, 2017
Linguistics Majors are Taking Many Different Paths from College
Commencement 2014 fireworks by Marsha

Our graduates are going in all sorts of interesting directions after they finish their undergraduate degrees in linguistics.

Several of our majors will be heading to graduate school this fall: Amalia Merino will join the doctoral program in Hispanic Linguistics here in UT’s Department of Spanish & Portuguese. Rubinia Leal will join the MA program in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, again here at UT. Karina Zemel will enter UT’s School of Law in the Fall. María Gavino Rodriguez moves north to Evanston, Illinois to enter the doctoral program in Linguistics at Northwestern University. She intends to specialize in experimental phonetics. Maria received an honorable mention in this year’s competition to be a Dean’s Distinguished Graduate of the College of Liberal Arts.

Two of our graduates are heading overseas: Matt Kuhn will be a graduate student at the University of Saarland in Saarbrücken, Germany. Noli Chew has received a Huaya Enrichment Fellowship to study Mandarin at National Taiwan University in Taipei.

Other students are heading to the work world. Befitting the fact that she is a dual major in Linguistics and in Anthropology, Lydia White will apply to be an archeological field technician with an environmental company. Shengyang Zhong will go to work for Google in New York. Courtney Rochvarg Ross will be a software engineer at Spredfast, a social marketing software company here in Austin. Both Shengyang and Courtney double-majored in Computer Science.

Still other students are serving the greater good. El Paso-native Ruth Carranza will join Teach for America in Boston. Joyce McCormick will volunteer with Ameri-Corps NCCC, before eventually heading to graduate school.

Congratulations to all the members of UT’s Class of 2017!

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