Many of the new writers I have hired for my team here have similar educational backgrounds to mine - Master's degrees in English. In Poland, the degree is called English Philology and covers the areas of translation, linguistics, writing, and pedagogical theory, as well as literature.
Yesterday, I had coffee with one of my writers who is just finishing her master's thesis. We started discussing linguistics and the effect of cultural differences on languages and I told her a little about my master's thesis (which some days I can barely remember).
When I mentioned the main theorists involved (Brown and Levinson's Politeness theory for those of you interested in linguistics and literary theory), she exclaimed that they were the classic authors in the field and everything she had studied in the area was based on their research.
I remember the field being quite new when I was doing grad school research. I looked it up today, and their theory was first published in 1987, only 4 or 5 years before I started grad school. Of course my writer was only 4 years old at the time.
Yep, I feel old.