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Linguistics is the scientific study of human language: how humans learn and use language, and the properties that characterize human languages around the globe. In this program you will learn about the vast range of interdisciplinary topics relevant to the field, with emphasis placed on core topics like:  

  • The structure of the world’s languages at the level of sounds (phonetics and phonology) 
  • Words (morphology) 
  • Sentences (syntax) 
  • Meaning (semantics) 

You will also be able to take courses on topics like bilingualism, sociolinguistics, dialectology, language acquisition and more. This makes the program easy to tailor to your unique interests. 


In addition to preparing you for advanced academic work in linguistics and related disciplines (e.g., anthropology, cognitive neuroscience, computer science, philosophy, or psychology), courses in linguistics provide a useful background for many careers like language teaching, translation, child psychology, speech-language pathology, communication, and speech technology. Generally, pursuing these fields will require a graduate degree.  

You could become a professional: 

  • Speech pathologist  
  • Language instructor  
  • Translator  
  • Editor  
  • Researcher  

Possible minors

Minors are a great way to customize your academic experience. Many students use minors to pursue interests outside their major, while others choose minors to complement their degree.

Minors that complement this program:  

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Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Faculty of Arts.

See the full eligibility information for more information about deadlines and required documents for your application.

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