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Degrees offered (Majors, Minors, Concentrations)

We have a degree to fit your needs. All but the minor may be taken with co-operative education (co-op):

Courses offered

With courses in theoretical and applied study areas, the Linguistics program at the University of Calgary offers a four-year major program and a number of concentrations and minor programs drawing from a diverse curriculum. Students in all Linguistics degrees take foundational courses in core areas of theoretical linguistics in the first and second years, covering Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, and Semantics. In the major program, students take additional courses on a non-English language, with the option to fulfill this requirement using a programming language in Computer Science.

An example of first-year courses

  • Linguistics 201- Examine the universal basics of language including articulatory phonetics and phonology of English and other languages, words and meaning, linguistic rules and the formation of sentences.

  • Linguistics 223 -Investigate the nature of persuasive messages in advertising and politics. Topics may include truth and falsity, implication, ambiguity, and context-dependence.

In later years, students pursue deeper studies into the nature of linguistic theory, or the history of English and related Germanic languages. These senior courses are informed by the research interests of the Linguistics faculty, also including indigenous language study and revitalization along with questions surrounding first and second language acquisition. Preparatory courses for later degrees in Speech-Language Pathology are also available.


The PASS program provides free, organized study groups
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Michael Dobrovolsky Undergraduate Award
Research Participation and Critical Thinking (for Linguistics 201)
Verbatim Linguistics Undergraduate Society

Verbatim is the University of Calgary's undergraduate linguistics club where you can meet with other students, have a quiet study place, find help for your burning linguistic questions (class related or not!), access the Linguistics' Library, or just unwind between classes.

The club offers the popular "Evening With ..." series which spotlights particular languages like Irish, Japanese or even the invented alien languages in popular culture, such as Klingon. Sub-Field Nights give you a chance to explore new areas within linguistics such as sociolinguistics and dialectology, as well as ways you can put your knowledge of linguistics to work doing such things as language coaching. The Larynx Field Trip is an annual guided tour of the cadaver lab at the Foothills Hospital by an anatomy professor and phonetician who discusses the physiology behind speech.

Linguistics, Languages and Cultures Speaker Series

As a student, you will be invited to attend the Linguistics, Languages and Cultures Speaker Series,  which is a lively program of speakers from a range of universities and research institutions.

The University of Calgary's Career Services offers events such as alumni panel discussions, industry nights and career fairs for students to meet with industry representatives and posts summer and full-time jobs. 

Language Research Centre

The School is closely associated with the Language Research Centre, which provides leadership in researching language acquisition, learning and teaching, the effective use of technologies, and policy-making. It is a hub of language activity created to optimize the intellectual resources available from numerous departments on campus and to build bridges to our community.

The Language Research Centre offers a world-class environment for language education and hosts various events including two series of talks which bring in renowned speakers and researchers from around the world to share their perspective and findings. Effective language education means a better understanding of how we acquire and process language, but also how language functions as part of culture and literature. The University of Calgary experience provides this level of integration to our students, facilitated by the best technology, the most advanced language-learning materials, and taught by internationally recognized scholars.

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Apply to the Faculty of Arts through the general admissions office


Dr. Darin Flynn
Division Chair, Linguistics
Tel: 403-220-6110

Dr. Dennis Storoshenko
Undergraduate Advisor, Linguistics
Tel: 403-220-6119

Emilia Tsyganok
Department Services Assistant
Tel: 403-220-5293