Linguistics

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Why choose Linguistics?


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.

Career opportunities

​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.

Program highlights

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.


Courses in this program

English Syntax, Introduction to Semantics, Phonology I, Second Language Acquisition, ​Introduction to Linguistics


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


Admission requirements
I am currently a(n):
Select any filter and click on Apply to see results

Use the Undergraduate Student Cost Estimator to calculate your expenses as a first-year student.

Learn about the student experience

See the best of UCalgary

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.

Learn about the student experience

More ways to get in touch

Ready to find out what campus is really like? Book a tour, join us at an event, or sign up for more information.


Attend an event on campus

Check our calendar to find out when we'll be in your area, or register for one of our upcoming online events.

Check events

See the campus

Guided by a current student, you'll explore our classrooms, residences, athletic facilities, and more.

Book a tour

Sign up for more information

Sign up for more information about UCalgary, receive important details and reminders, and find out when UCalgary is visiting your area.

Get more information

Contact us and get help

Need assistance? Learn how to get a hold of us and find answers to your questions.

Contact and help


Ready to take the next step? Learn how to start your application.

Faculty of Arts

Arts Students' Centre, Social Sciences Building, Room 102
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
 

403.220.3580