Linguistics and Language

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Why choose Linguistics and Language?


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.

Program highlights

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

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

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


Courses in this program

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


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


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