Bachelor of Arts (BA)
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What you will learn in this program
Linguists ask questions such as: How do languages change? Why are certain words controversial? How do accents form?
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 cross-disciplinary understandings.
As a Linguistics graduate, you'll be prepared for career opportunities in areas such as civil service, the non-profit sector, and the business world. A degree in Linguistics 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, Introduction to Semantics, Phonology I, Second Language Acquisition, Introduction to Linguistics
Admission requirements and information
Arts and Science Honours Academy (ASHA) - A six-course interdisciplinary program with a second language aspect and travel components.
Co-operative work placement - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience that alternates with your academic studies.
Honours Degree - In-depth study of a specific topic completed under the supervision of a faculty member.
Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.
Language is at the core of every human interaction, and increasingly machine interaction (Hello, Siri). The study of linguistics gives people an insight into this remarkable communication tool. I emphasize the use of language in contemporary culture to keep the material relevant. What will it take to get machines to understand accented English? In my research, I work with speakers of Blackfoot and Shona (Zimbabwe) as well as English, Korean and Farsi — and digital data.
Dennis Storoshenko, PhD — Assistant Professor
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Every person in the department is passionate and genuine in their interests, and with intimate class sizes it is not uncommon to be on a first name basis with the professors.
Kirsten S., linguistics 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.