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2023 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Doctor's Degree Schools

65 Colleges in the United States
1,000 Doctor's Degrees
When it comes to popularity, a doctor's degree in foreign languages and linguistics sits in the middle of the road, ranking #18 out of 36 majors in the country. So, you may have to do some digging around to find quality schools that offer the degree program. This list can help with that.

For its 2023 ranking, College Factual looked at 65 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for foreign languages and linguistics students pursuing a doctor's degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 1,000 doctor's degrees in foreign languages and linguistics during the 2020-2021 academic year.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

Choosing a Great Foreign Languages & Linguistics School for Your Doctor's Degree

Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Doctor's Degree Schools Your choice of foreign languages and linguistics for getting your doctor's degree school matters. Important measures of a quality foreign languages and linguistics program can vary widely even among the top schools. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Overall Quality Is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To take this into account we include a school's overall Best Colleges for a Doctor's Degree ranking which itself looks at a host of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Average Early-Career Salaries

Average early-career salary of those graduating with their doctor's degree is one indicator we use in our analysis to find the schools that offer the highest-quality education. That is, everyone wants their doctor's degree to be worth something, and salaries are one measure of determining that.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to foreign languages and linguistics students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of foreign languages and linguistics students who choose to seek a doctor's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How much debt foreign languages and linguistics students go into to obtain their doctor's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized foreign languages and linguistics related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for foreign languages and linguistics students working on their doctor's degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Doctor's Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

Best Schools for Doctorate Students to Study Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for pursuing a doctor's degree in foreign languages and linguistics.

10 Top Schools for a Doctorate in Foreign Languages & Linguistics

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
31 Annual Graduates

Columbia University in the City of New York is a great option for individuals interested in a doctor's degree in foreign languages and linguistics. Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York.More information about a doctorate in foreign languages and linguistics from Columbia University in the City of New York

#2

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9 Annual Graduates

Duke University is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a doctor's degree in foreign languages and linguistics. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Durham.More information about a doctorate in foreign languages and linguistics from Duke University

#3

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
19 Annual Graduates

Any student who is interested in a doctor's degree in foreign languages and linguistics has to take a look at Georgetown University. Georgetown is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Washington.More information about a doctorate in foreign languages and linguistics from Georgetown University

#4

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9 Annual Graduates

Vanderbilt University is a wonderful decision for students pursuing a doctor's degree in foreign languages and linguistics. Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in foreign languages and linguistics from Vanderbilt University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
14 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in foreign languages and linguistics from University of Southern California

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
35 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in foreign languages and linguistics from University of California - Berkeley

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
40 Annual Graduates

UCLA is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Los Angeles.More information about a doctorate in foreign languages and linguistics from University of California - Los Angeles

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
12 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in foreign languages and linguistics from University of Virginia - Main Campus

#9

Brown University

Providence, RI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4 Annual Graduates

Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Providence.More information about a doctorate in foreign languages and linguistics from Brown University

#10

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3 Annual Graduates

Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Notre Dame.More information about a doctorate in foreign languages and linguistics from University of Notre Dame

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Foreign Languages & Linguistics students that almost earned our Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Doctor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
11 University of Chicago Chicago, IL
12 Boston University Boston, MA
13 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
14 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
15 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
16 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI

Foreign Languages & Linguistics by Region

View the Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Doctor's Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Foreign Languages & Linguistics Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 427
Romance Languages 301
Classical Languages & Literature 67
East Asian Languages 57
Germanic Languages 55
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 51
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 20
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 13
South Asian Languages 3
American Sign Language 3

Majors Similar to Foreign Languages & Linguistics

Related Major Annual Graduates
Theology & Religious Vocations 2,356
Visual & Performing Arts 1,669
English Language & Literature 1,092
Philosophy & Religious Studies 629
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 90

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to John Stephen Dwyer. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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