Linguistics Undergraduate Certificate

In the Linguistics Undergraduate Certificate program at Temple’s College of Public Health, students study the building blocks of human communication. This academic certificate introduces you to the scientific study of language, including its structure and use, theoretical models, and real-life applications. It helps students enhance analytical and critical thinking skills, and provides a foundation for those planning careers in the clinical, education or research area.

You will take core courses on topics including introductory linguistics, language and syntax. All certificate students also take a seminar, Topics in Communication Sciences and Disorders, which varies based on the semester.

See a full list of program courses.

A linguistics certificate is particularly useful for students majoring in

  • anthropology;
  • cognitive science;
  • computer science;
  • education;
  • English;
  • foreign languages;
  • speech, language and hearing science;
  • neuroscience and
  • psychology.

This program also gives students practical skills in the study of foreign languages or American Sign Language (ASL).

Program Format

The linguistics certificate is earned as an addition to a student’s declared major. You can complete the certificate with 15 to 24 credits, depending on your track and fulfillment of language requirements.

  • Speech, Language and Hearing majors: 18 credits
  • Other majors who have completed a third-semester ASL or foreign language course: 15 credits
  • Other majors who have not completed any ASL or foreign language course: 24–26 credits (The number of credits depends on successful waivers of language requirements.)

Program Contact

Students wishing to declare and pursue the Certificate in Linguistics should contact the following staff member.

Kara Black is the undergraduate academic advisor for the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders.

Related Undergraduate Programs in the College of Public Health

Laptop Requirement

Laptops are integrated into the curriculum at the College of Public Health to improve opportunities for active learning and provide greater access to specialized software and required tools in and out of the classroom. Incoming students are required to have a laptop that meets certain minimum hardware specifications. Review full laptop requirements.

Linguistics professor with students in language lab

Tuition & Fees

The tuition for this Certificate Program is based on school or college of your major, program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. You can view the full Cost of Attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.


Additional Program Information