Foreign Languages & Linguistics

2022 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools in the Southeast Region

73 Colleges in the Southeast Region
5,335 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded
$27,249 Avg Early-Career Salary
You'll be studying one of the lesser sought-after majors if you pursue a degree in foreign languages and linguistics. It is ranked #24 out of 38 major degree programs in terms of popularity. This may make is a little harder to find a school that is a good fit for you.

College Factual looked at 73 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 5,335 degrees in foreign languages and linguistics during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Foreign Languages & Linguistics School

Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools in the Southeast Region The foreign languages and linguistics program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Foreign Languages & Linguistics rankings. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for foreign languages and linguistics schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Foreign Languages & Linguistics Rankings by Degree Level

The foreign languages and linguistics school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools in the Southeast Region. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

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Best Schools for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the Southeast Region

The schools below may not offer all types of foreign languages and linguistics degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

10 Top Southeast Region Schools in Foreign Languages & Linguistics

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In VA
40 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Washington and Lee University is a wonderful decision for students interested in a degree in foreign languages and linguistics. Washington and Lee is a small private not-for-profit university located in the distant town of Lexington. A Best Schools rank of #47 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Washington and Lee is a great university overall.

There were about 40 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Washington and Lee in the most recent data year.

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#2

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
75 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Duke University is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in foreign languages and linguistics. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Durham. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were about 75 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the foreign languages and linguistics degree program at Duke University make $12,751 above the typical college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#3

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TN
90 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Every student who is interested in foreign languages and linguistics needs to check out Vanderbilt University. Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #37 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great university overall.

There were about 90 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
205 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

University of Virginia - Main Campus is a wonderful option for students interested in a degree in foreign languages and linguistics. Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #38 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means University of Virginia is a great university overall.

There were approximately 205 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent data year.

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#5

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
55 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

GaSou is a fairly large public university located in the distant town of Statesboro. This university ranks 7th out of 80 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were about 55 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at GaSou in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the foreign languages and linguistics degree program at Georgia Southern University make $3,851 more than the average graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#6

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In VA
77 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Blacksburg. A Best Schools rank of #73 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Virginia Tech is a great school overall.

There were about 77 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Virginia Tech in the most recent year we have data available.

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#7

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
12th Most Popular In VA

Located in the city of University of Richmond, URichmond is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #113 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means URichmond is a great university overall.

There were roughly 25 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at URichmond in the most recent year we have data available.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
13th Most Popular In VA

VMI is a small public school located in the distant town of Lexington. This school ranks 8th out of 73 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were roughly 11 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at VMI in the most recent year we have data available.

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#9

William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In VA
59 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

William & Mary is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Williamsburg. A Best Schools rank of #87 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means William & Mary is a great school overall.

There were approximately 59 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at William & Mary in the most recent data year.

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#10

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In NC
56 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #56 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Wake Forest University is a great university overall.

There were approximately 56 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Wake Forest University in the most recent data year.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Foreign Languages & Linguistics students in the Southeast Region that almost earned our Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools in the Southeast Region award.

Rank College Location
11 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
12 Clemson University Clemson, SC
13 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
14 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
15 Emory University Atlanta, GA
16 Wofford College Spartanburg, SC
17 Auburn University Auburn, AL
18 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA

Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges by State

Explore the best foreign languages and linguistics schools for a specific state in the Southeast Region .

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
North Carolina 38 1,015
West Virginia 38 95
South Carolina 38 359
Florida 38 768
Virginia 38 806
Arkansas 38 229
Mississippi 38 131
Alabama 37 277
Kentucky 37 357
Georgia 37 725
Tennessee 37 498
Louisiana 36 207

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Foreign Languages & Linguistics Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Romance Languages 2,465
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 1,798
Classical Languages & Literature 282
American Sign Language 212
Germanic Languages 206
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 135
East Asian Languages 130
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 68
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 39

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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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