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Our mission is to help Macalester students develop a scientific understanding of human language.  Through classroom activities, as well as hands-on research projects, the curriculum introduces students to the methods of investigation, conceptual analysis, and application most characteristic of a wide range of sub disciplines (e.g., phonetics; syntax; experimental procedures in linguistics; field work).  In addition to its contribution to a humanistic and scientific education, linguistics offers students tools for the learning and the teaching of all languages and careers based on this, and for the pursuit of post graduate studies.