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Linguistics and Language

Submitted by darmstro on Mon, 12/05/2016 - 10:28am


Linguists ask questions such as: What are the universal properties of language? Why are certain words controversial? How do you learn a language, both as a child, and as an adult? Linguistics is the scientific study of language as a universal human phenomenon; the Linguistics and Language program pairs this with the study of a language other than English.

Students interested in Linguistics and Language can choose to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Arts with co-operative education.

Why Linguistics and Language?

Linguistics and languages have a natural fit. In this program you will balance your interest in linguistics with enriched language study beyond the requirements of the Linguistics major. Participate in exchange or study abroad programs. Interact with researchers conducting studies on language learning and language processing, while you study a language of your choice.

Gain creative thinking skills, research and analytical capabilities, written and verbal communication skills, and competence in a second language. Apply the technical knowledge you gain from linguistics to the language classroom to understand how and why the language you are learning differs from your first language. Your experiences as a language learner will allow you to think critically about the models of language universals, variation, and change in your linguistics classes. And you will gain a deeper appreciation for how your language interacts with its speakers’ culture and literature.

Our program is integrated, facilitated by the best technology and the most advanced language-learning materials, and taught by internationally recognized scholars.

Enhance your degree

Put your education to work

Open the door to a number of career opportunities by learning a new language while studying linguistics.  Language skills are in high demand in many different career sectors, especially if you end up working for a business which operates internationally.

With the ever-growing emphasis on globalization, a background in linguistics combined with fluency in at least one additional language have become increasingly important in enhancing an applicant’s attractiveness to employers.

As a graduate, you can look forward to potential employment in fields such as lexicography, education, international development, foreign service and diplomacy, broadcast journalism, communications, marketing, advertising and public relations, and technical writing.

For more information on potential career options, please visit: Career Services Degree Profiles Linguistics