Linguistics and Language

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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What you will learn in this program

Linguists ask questions such as: What are the universal properties of language? Why are certain words controversial? How do you learn a second language?

Linguistics is the scientific study of language as a universal human phenomenon. This program will give you the opportunity to analyze the structure of various languages and apply this knowledge in a variety of sub-fields and languages. During the course of your studies, you'll gain creative thinking skills, research and analytical capabilities, written and verbal communication skills, and competence in a second language (other than English).

Career opportunities

​As a Linguistics and Language graduate, you'll be prepared for career opportunities in areas such as the civil service, the non-profit sector, and the business world. A degree in Linguistics and Language can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or education.

Courses you'll take:

English Syntax, Historical Linguistics I, Phonetics I, Phonology I, ​Introduction to Linguistics

Admission requirements and information

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Program Highlights

Work experience

Co-operative work placement - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience that alternates with your academic studies.

Hands-on opportunities

Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.

Program enhancements

Arts and Science Honours Academy (ASHA) - A six-course interdisciplinary program with a second language aspect and travel components.

I am particularly interested in German linguistics, language history, and phonology or sound patterns. I bring this passion to my teaching at UCalgary, as do my linguistics and languages colleagues. I have benefited from international study and experience, in my case in Germany. Our program provides undergraduate students with a way of balancing their interests in general linguistics with an enriched language study, including exchange and study abroad programs.

​Robert Murray, PhD — Professor

Did you know? You can earn two degrees in five years. Learn more about combined degree program options.

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Every course that I take opens my eyes to another avenue of inquiry into human interaction. It is truly fascinating! All students in my program must take two semesters of language, so I plunged into Italian. I switched from linguistics to linguistics and languages to be able to take even more Italian. I can now translate with little effort (very satisfying) and have done a field study in Italy—fluency seems attainable! Understanding how we communicate continues to amaze me.

Maureen Carroll, linguistics and language student

Join our community in fall 2018

We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2018 starting on Sunday, October 1, 2017. You'll be able to submit an application until Thursday, March 1, 2018. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.

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Faculty Information

Faculty of Arts
Social Sciences Building, Room 1350
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
403.220.3580