All the counts, percentages, and averages included in the narrative below are estimates generated from data collected for the third round of the Humanities Department Survey (HDS 3). The survey response rate for linguistics departments was 68%. (For more on how to interpret the results, see the Introduction in the complete profile for this discipline.)

Like some of the other disciplines included in the survey, a portion of the work done in linguistics departments falls into the humanities, while other work can be viewed as falling under the social sciences. The HDS did not ask respondents to make this distinction. Data was requested for the whole of each department.

Linguistics departments were first included in the 2007 survey.1 Of the departments that granted degrees in fall 2007, 134 still did so in fall 2017.

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  • 1All estimates in this profile are for the population of departments granting degrees in 2007 that were still doing so in 2017. The survey was able to detect departments that ceased to grant degrees between 2007 and 2017, but not any departments that may have begun granting degrees during that period.
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