The liberal arts, also known as the humanities, are what help us understand what makes us human: our history, our literature, our language, our culture, our beliefs, our emotions, and many other things.
As well as studying the humanities academically, international students are able to meet and get to know people of many different backgrounds and cultures and to experience the wonderfully rich diversity of life in America. In this way, students also gain a broader understanding of the world as a whole.
Within the liberal arts, I specialize in the subject of Linguistics. This is the study of language, not one particular language, but an exploration of how human language works, and how individual languages show both differences and similarities.
International students get to see how their own languages fit into the larger family of world languages, and how language can affect and influence culture, politics, and history.
A degree in Linguistics in the USA can be used in many different ways, including as a way of continuing to graduate school, but also in various careers: teaching, particularly teaching students whose first language is different from the primary language of the school; speech pathology, which involves helping people who are suffering from speech loss or disability; also jobs in publishing and editing, translating and interpreting, journalism, and many more.