Linguistics and Language

Bachelor of Arts

Courses required in your first year


Placement in Language Courses

It is essential that students register in the appropriate level of language course to ensure that they are suited for the level of language instruction in the course and to ensure that all students enrolled in a course are at a similar level of language competence.  See Placement in Language Courses on the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures website.

Native speakers are not eligible to take language courses by special assessment or to receive advanced credit for them.

(i) French
French 225 is intended for students graduating from high school with French 30N, 30S, 31 or French Language Arts 30 or equivalent. Students with French 30 or N30 should normally enroll in French 213. Students with little or no prior knowledge of French will normally be placed in French 209.NOTE: French 209 and 211 may not be counted for credit toward the major in French.

(ii) Spanish
Students with no previous training in Spanish will normally begin with Spanish 201. Students with Spanish 30 or 31 should register in Spanish 203.

(iii) Italian
Students with no previous training in Italian will normally begin with Italian 201. Students with Italian 30 should register in Italian 203.

(iv) German
Students normally register in German 202 in the fall term and 204 in the winter term. Students who have taken German 30 or 31 should consult with the Department of Linguistics, Languages and Cultures for course registration advice.

(v) Russian
Students should register in Russian 201 in the fall term and Russian 209 in the winter term. If you have completed Russian 30 or Russian 30-3Y you will register in Russian 301 in the fall and Russian 303 in the winter.

(vi) Japanese
Students normally register in Japanese 205 in the fall term and 207 in the winter term. Students who have taken Japanese 30 in high school must register in Japanese 301.

(vii) Chinese
If you have little or no knowledge of the Chinese language you should register in Chinese 205. If you have previous experience in Chinese talk to the department so that they can place you in an appropriate course.

(viii) Ancient and Classical Languages
Please note that not all courses may be available in the fall and winter terms. - Greek: Greek 201 in the fall term and Greek 203 in the winter term.- Latin: Latin 201 in the fall term and Latin 203 in the winter term. Students with Alberta Latin 30 will normally enter Latin 301.


Remember to register for both fall and winter semesters at the same time.

Studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree means that you are a student in the Faculty of Arts.

The major that you choose refers to the subject area you’d like your Bachelor of Arts degree to focus on (e.g. Bachelor of Arts, major in History). This is something that you will have indicated when you applied for admission.

To see your major program, log into your online Student Centre and under the Admissions menu and within the "My Applications" box, click on "status". You will then be able to see your faculty and major program.

From Archeology to Visual Studies, there are numerous majors and programs to choose from within the Faculty of Arts. If you'd like to see the different majors and programs that the Faculty of Arts has to offer, visit the faculty website.

If you are coming to the University of Calgary with Advanced Placement credit or International Baccalaureate credit, you will follow the same registration process as any first time university student. You may be eligible to use your transfer credit in your degree program depending on the program you have entered and whether or not the courses are applicable. Look for International Baccalaureate credit information at and Advanced Placement information at

You may view your transfer credit by logging in to your online Student Centre. Once you know the transfer credit you have received, you may contact the academic advisor in your faculty to get advice on course selection.

Generally, students must complete 18 units at the junior (200-level) before they are allowed to register in 300-level courses.

Co-op and Internship: Get a head start on your career through our co-operative education and internship opportunities. You will gain valuable work experience in your industry—all before you graduate.

Study Abroad: Experience different cultures, gain a better understanding of world issues, and travel around the globe, all while earning credit towards your degree. The University of Calgary offers exchanges and study abroad programs in 61 different countries.

Community Service-Learning: Combine your classroom learning with volunteer work that achieves community goals, and see first-hand how your academic learning relates to social issues.

Co-Curricular Record: The first of its kind in Western Canada, have your out-of-classroom experiences such as volunteer work, leadership training and club involvement documented on an official record.

Arts and Science Honours Academy: Be part of a unique program that combines collaborative study, global opportunities and academic challenge. The ASHA program brings together 25 like-minded high achieving students to learn and study in six distinct scholars courses. As an Arts and Science Honours Academy student, you will be one of a class of the best and brightest at the University of Calgary.