Linguistics and Multilingual Studies (LMS) programme aims to produce graduates to meet the manpower requirement of Singapore and the region. Studying LMS allows students to not only explore questions about language, but also to receive broad training that cuts across traditional boundaries between disciplines. By virtue of the central role of language in human interactions and activities, LMS is situated at the intellectual intersection of the humanities, and social, biological, and behavioral sciences, and is an important component of an all-rounded education. This allows LMS graduates therefore to take on jobs that are not restricted by disciplinary boundaries.
LMS takes an analytical approach to the study of language, and LMS graduates will have acquired skills in critical thinking, data analysis, problem solving, and logical thinking that can be applied to many fields. The study of language in multilingual settings also provides students with a global perspective, allowing LMS graduates to be culturally and socially attuned and aware, making them good communicators with an international worldview. The focus on languages other than English also ensures that the graduates find careers in fields that are not limited to English.
Armed with the life-skills that a LMS education provides, graduates will have a firm foundation from which they can pursue careers in such areas as the publishing and communication industries, translating and interpreting, computational fields, foreign language teaching, and the teaching of English as a second language. It is also relevant to professions where cultural awareness and communication skills are critical components of the job description. Generally, an LMS major provides students with valuable training for many different kinds of opportunities following graduation.