Program Type
Undergraduate Major
Bachelor of Art (BA)
Modes of Study
Blended;In person

Tuition & fees

Costs include tuition, fees, & other costs such as books. New England residents may qualify for a tuition break. See cost details

Financial aid

On average, 92% of enrolled students who file a FAFSA receive an offer. 91% of offers include scholarships, grants, waiver, and/or work-study. Explore aid

Program duration

Typical completion time: 4 years. Flexible options may save time. Explore options


SAT & ACT scores optional. Early action & year-round admissions. View application process & deadlines

Program highlights

  • Prepare for a wide range of careers in areas such as ESOL, language documentation, language revitalization, translation, language-related technologies.
  • Work closely with peers and receive one-on-one individualized attention from faculty through internships and funded research assistantships.
  • Gain real-world experience through community partnerships and agencies.
  • Build a learning foundation focused on the nature, organization, acquisition, and origins of human natural language.
  • Present research at state, regional, and national conferences — and even co-author research published in leading academic journals.
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Hands-on community experience

Collaborate with faculty on service learning projects such as the annual Maine Deaf Film Festival, ESL tutoring in the community, research on child language, and developing an automated language analysis tools.

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Specialized expertise

Our graduates are qualified for a range of careers designed to analyze communicative behaviors. You’ll be prepared for direct practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities at the local, state, and national level.

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Program requirements

Prepare for a profession deeply committed to studying language as a fundamental human activity and as a changing institution. At the core of our program is a set of foundational courses on the nature of human language that sets students up for meaningful roles or the pursuit of graduate study.

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Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships offer valuable financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. You’ll be automatically considered for Merit Scholarships when you apply for admission by the deadline. Additional opportunities are available.

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Considering transferring to USM?

We welcome students who are transferring from another four-year university or community college. Our knowledgeable Admissions Counselors will help you to navigate the admissions and credit-transfer process.

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Do you live in New England?

You may be eligible for a reduced tuition rate, as part of the NEBHE Tuition Break Program.

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Nationally distinguished faculty

Take advantage of the liberal arts college atmosphere and extensive interaction with nationally distinguished faculty members, many of whom actively engage students in their grant-funded research.

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Next steps

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