Linguistics, the scientific study of language, is an interdisciplinary field aiming to understanding how people acquire languages, how this knowledge interacts with other cognitive processes, how it varies across speakers and geographic regions, and how to model this knowledge computationally.

Partygoers socialize at the Ulrich Fall Opening Exhibition

About the program

Linguistics classes are offered through departments of English, Anthropology, Modern Classical Languages and Literatures, Communication Sciences and Disorders. This approach engages you in a truly interdisciplinary critical inquiry, enabling you to become informed participants in public discourse about language.



Dr. Mythili Menon

Director of the Linguistics Program

(316) 978 6763

Francis X. Connor

Associate Professor and Chair, English

(316) 978-6456

Dr. Andrew Hippisley, Ph.D.

Dean, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

(316) 978-6659

 No photo available of Tina Bennett

Professor Emerita of English and Linguistics

Rachel Showstack PhD

Associate Professor, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

(316) 978-6006

Jens Kreinath PhD

Associate Professor, Anthropology

(316) 978-7193

Douglas F. Parham PhD, CCC-SLP

Chair, Program Director and Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

(316) 978-5344

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Dr. Menon talks with attendees of the Ulrich Fall Exhibition opening


Dr. Mythili Menon is the Director of the Linguistics Program. Please contact her directly through email, telephone, or at the office during office hours. If you have questions about our program, classes, or need general information about the Linguistics program, and / or applying please talk with Dr. Menon.


WichiLing: WSU Linguistics Club

Welcome to WichiLing, the linguistics club at Wichita State University!

The Linguistics Club at Wichita State University is open to everyone, whether or not you're a linguistics minor, and is free to join! Each week we meet to hang out, eat snacks, play language games, and talk linguistics. Sometimes an invited speaker comes in to talk about their job or research in linguistics, so WichiLing is a great way to network and think about your career as a linguist. It's also a good way to meet other linguistics students on campus if you want a study buddy!


We generally meet every other Friday afternoon at 12 p.m. in Lindquist Hall 503.

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