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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If you are currently in grade 12 or have recently completed high school, you must present five required grade 12 courses for your program as outlined below. Admissions averages will be calculated using either the early or standard admission processes.

Faculty

Faculty of Arts

Application Dates

October 1st 2018 to March 1st 2019

Curriculum (Education System)

Alberta curriculum

Minimum Competitive Average

Low 70s

Required Courses

  • English Language Arts 30-1
  • Three approved courses
  • One approved course or option

Required Courses Notes

  1. Alberta Mathematics 30-1 (or equivalent) is required as a prerequisite for courses in Archaeology.
  2. Biology 30 and Chemistry 30 are required as prerequisites for Biology 241 in the BA/BSc in Primatology Honours, and the BA/BSc in Archaeology with a concentration in Physical Anthropology.
  3. Only one of Art, Dance, Drama or Music can be used in calculating the admission average.
  4. A minimum grade of 70% in Alberta Mathematics 30-1 (or equivalent) is the prerequisite for first-year math courses.
  5. Equivalent International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP) courses are accepted.

Approved Courses/Options

Approved Courses

  • Indigenous Studies 30
  • Any 5-credit second language or language and culture course at the 30-level [1,2]
  • Any approved grade 12 IB diploma or AP academic subject
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • CTS Computer Science Advanced (5-credits)
  • English 30-1
  • Fine Arts (Art 30, Art 31, Choral Music 30, General Music 30, Instrumental Music 30, Drama 30, Dance 35)
  • Mathematics 30-1, 30-2, and 31 [1,3]
  • Physical Education 30
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30-1

Approved Options

  • Other five-credit 30-level courses excluding Special Projects 30 and English 30-2.
  • Three-credit courses: Two three-credit 20- or 30-level courses can be combined to fulfil ONE requirement. Courses at the 20- and 30-level CANNOT be combined to satisfy a course requirement.
  • One-credit courses: five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil one approved option requirement.

Approved Courses/Options Notes

  1. Two courses in the same subject area may not be presented to satisfy entrance requirements unless the courses are Mathematics 30-1, Mathematics 30-2 or Mathematics 31
  2. Only one grade 12 level course in a language stream may be used to satisfy admission requirements.: (a) one of Alberta French 30, 31A, 31B, 31C, 30-3Y, 30-9Y (or equivalent subjects); Alberta French Language Arts 30-1, 30-2 (or equivalent subjects), (b) one of Alberta Chinese Language Arts 30 (3Y, 6Y, 9Y, 12Y) (or equivalent subjects); Alberta Chinese Language and Culture 30 (3Y, 6Y) (or equivalent subjects).
  3. A minimum grade of 70% in Mathematics 30-1 is the prerequisite for first-year math courses.
  4. One-credit courses: five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil ONE requirement. Intermediate and Advanced Credits cannot be combined to satisfy a course requirement.

Standard Admission

If you are currently completing high school, you will automatically be considered for admission using the standard admission by calculating your admission average using final grade 11 grades and at least one grade 12 approved course (if both grade 11 and 12 grades are provided, the grade 12 grade will be used) from the required courses for your program choice. Admitted students must complete all 30-level (or equivalent) required courses outlined above, maintain the admission average required for admission in the application year and obtain the Alberta Grade 12 diploma (or equivalent).

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Early Admission

You may be offered early admission (based on your available grade 11 or 12 results) for English, Mathematics, Social Studies and one approved course. Admitted students must complete all 30-level (or equivalent) required courses outlined above, maintain the admission average required for admission in the application year and obtain the Alberta Grade 12 diploma (or equivalent)..

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Required Documents

Alberta: There is no need to send your transcripts. The University of Calgary will obtain transcripts on your behalf from the Ministry of Education. Other Canadian Provinces and Territories: Official transcripts are documents which are sent directly to the University of Calgary's admissions office from your school or the Department of Education maintaining such records. It's your responsibility to request transcripts from any non-Alberta institutions to be sent directly to the university's admissions office.

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ELP

English is the official language of instruction at the University of Calgary. All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency to be considered for admission.

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Diverse Qualifications

If you're a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and have achieved excellence outside of academics, or have overcome significant hardships, you may seek admission under the Diverse Qualifications Admission Process.

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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 C., linguistics and language student

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Faculty Information

Faculty of Arts
Arts Students' Centre, Social Sciences Building, Room 102
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
403.220.3580