Published: Sept. 6, 2022

UNDERGRADUATE WELCOME FAIRAs CU Boulder welcomed the class of 2026 to campus, CU Linguistics undergraduate students helped introduce first-year students to the field of linguistics at the College of Arts and Sciences Welcome Fair. Held August 19 on Sewell Field during CU Welcome Week, the A&S Welcome Fair provided an opportunity for several thousand first-year students to explore the 50 majors, 25 minors and 10 certificate programs offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. Five Linguistics students, Creola Djarlo, Paul Bontempo, Emily Reynolds, Leily Nguyen, and Anna Hoisington, assisted director of undergraduate studies Professor Kira Hall by fielding inquiries and providing program information to potential majors and minors. The Linguistics table attracted a steady stream of students, who came to learn about the field, get information about the new Linguistics major tracks, pick up Linguistics swag and sample Buffalo sugar cookies. The Department could not ask for better ambassadors to the discipline and its many applications and subfields. Department chair Laura Michaelis observes, "Linguistics is not a field of study taught in high school. So CU students arrive not knowing anything about it. That's why it's so important for our wonderful majors and minors to spread the word: language is fascinating and the study of language gives us a window into technology, cognition, society and culture".