Q: How can I start doing research in linguistics?
A: The best way to get research experience is to take an advanced course, which allows you to establish a relationship with a faculty member in whose research program you would like to participate. Normally, research opportunities such as assistantships are reserved for advanced students, so the earlier you get to take advanced courses, the better chance you have of getting research experience at the undergraduate level.
Q: What is the honors program in linguistics? How do I get in?
A: Information about the honors program is available on this page. If you are thinking about applying, first talk to the faculty member whom you want to supervise your thesis and then apply to the DUS in the Spring semester of your Junior year.
Q: Are there any internships in linguistics?
A: There are two types of internships: commercial and credit-bearing. Commercial internships are occasionally announced on the NYU linguistics mailing list, ling-undergrad. The Department of Linguistics does not offer academic credit for off-campus commercial internships, but you may be able to get credit for them by registering for V98.0980, V98.0981 (see Experiential Learning). Credit-bearing internships are offered to interested and qualified students on a case-by-case basis and require the permission of the DUS. These internships involve assisting linguistics faculty and graduate students in their research. To register for internship credit, the student must develop a work plan in consultation with the internship supervisor and submit the plan to the DUS. The one-page application should describe the student's responsibilities and the skills that the student will learn. The credit load (1-4) can vary depending on the workload. One credit represents approximately three hours of academic work per week (including meeting times), averaged over the semester. Internships do not count as electives for the purposes of Linguistics program requirements.
Q: What do I need to do to take an independent study in linguistics?
A: The first step is to identify a professor who will guide your independent study. Note that you cannot take an independent study instead of a required course. Once you have found a linguistics faculty member and put together a plan of study, get a permission from the DUS and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get a registration code.
Q: What sort of jobs can I get with a degree in linguistics?
A: A linguistics degree prepares you for a variety of creative and stimulating jobs in the academia, various industries, and the government. Be sure to check out the Linguistic Society of America page, which describes linguistics jobs. The central hub for real linguistics job advertisements is the Linguist List. The linguistics mailing list ling-undergrad sometimes posts announcements for linguistics jobs in the NYC area. Feel free to talk to any of the linguists in the department about jobs in linguistics.
Q: I am interested in continuing my linguistics studies at the graduate level. What should I know?
A: A good place to start is the Linguistics Graduate Admissions FAQ page, since comparable graduate programs have similar procedures for admissions. Read the Admissions FAQ page carefully--it will give you a good idea of what you need to accomplish before you apply to graduate school (for example, you need to produce at least one high-quality writing sample, which is typically done in an advanced undergraduate or introductory graduate course). Once you have decided that you would like to go on to graduate school, you should start talking to faculty members working in your area(s) of interest. They are in the best position to advise you on which programs to apply to. The DUS would also be more than happy to help you.