Graduate school: Linguistics or Publishing?
June 1, 2005 10:22 AM Subscribe
Grad school: Linguistics or Publishing? My sister will be graduating next year with a B.A. in English and an interest in both linguistics and publishing graduate school programs. I don't know these fields very well, so I offered to hit up the AskMe crowd for advice.
She's coming from a smaller midwestern liberal arts-type university and she's equivocating about where to go/what to do. She's been looking pretty closely at a writing/book publishing program in the Pacific northwest and a linguistics program in the southwest. The linguistics program doesn't require a BA in linguistics, and doesn't require taking the GRE.
She thinks she's more interested in linguistics right now (in addition to having a natural aptitude for it), but she doesn't know if she'd be able to fashion a career out of it as readily as publishing. And she'd really rather move northwest than southwest.
She thinks she'd really like to do both ultimately, but she just can't decide on the order in which to pursue them, which career she'd prefer, whether this is even feasible or advisable, etc.
Has anyone been in this situation or does anyone know about these fields? Should she have more preparation for linguistics? Is a graduate program that doesn't require you to take the GRE worth attending? What other programs should she be looking at? As you can tell, any sort of direction, guidance, advice or ideas would be helpful.