Linguistics

Quebec CEGEP
Average or previous year's cutoff:
27.00 overall R-Score
Average of the lowest R-Scores admitted over the last THREE years.
Prerequisites:

English 603 (or French 601 for French CEGEP applicants)

Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major Concentration
Honours
Joint Honours
Minor Concentration

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Ontario high school
Average or previous year's cutoff:
88.40% top 6 average
Average of the lowest Top 6 averages admitted over the last THREE years.
Prerequisites:

4U English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school

Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major Concentration
Honours
Joint Honours
Minor Concentration

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Other Canadian high school
Average or previous year's cutoff:
88.30% top 5 average
Average of the lowest Top 5 averages admitted over the last THREE years.
Prerequisites:

Grade 12 English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school

Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major Concentration
Honours
Joint Honours
Minor Concentration

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

U.S. high school
Average or previous year's cutoff:
B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12
Prerequisites:
  • Courses must include: English
  • Standardized Tests (Test Optional for Fall 2022):
    • ACT or SAT
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major Concentration
Honours
Joint Honours
Minor Concentration

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Other
Average or previous year's cutoff:

While the minimum requirement for McGill is the equivalent of a B+ average, most programs will have higher requirements. See the complete admissions requirements for more information applicable to your situation.

Prerequisites:
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major Concentration
Honours
Joint Honours
Minor Concentration

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

See the complete requirements

Overview

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. 


Careers

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:  


Related majors

Discover these related majors: 

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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