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- Why an Arts and Social Sciences Degree Matters
- Applied Legal Studies (Master's degree)
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Is Linguistics for you?
Linguistics is about how we acquire languages, how we use them, and how they work.
You learn many valuable skills by studying Linguistics. It is a widely marketable degree as linguists work in many areas. Portable skills you can acquire through a study of
- How to construct logical arguments
- How to achieve solutions to complex problems using clear, concise, coherent reasoning
- Inferencing strategies
- How to improve your focus (Linguistics requires a lot of attention to detail!)
- Teamwork — both in class and in other possible venues, e.g., labs, working with research participants, perhaps doing research yourself…
Where to go from here?
Undergraduate programs include:
- Extended Minor
Joint majors with:
- Computing Science
- First Nations Studies
- Certificate in the Linguistics of Speech Science
- Certificate in Teaching ESL Linguistics
Linguistics graduates may directly begin work as ESL teachers, speech language assistants, and language specialists in the tech industry. With further education, a student can become an audiologist or a speech therapist/ pathologist.
Students can also continue graduate studies in Linguistics to become a professional linguist and have a career in education and academia. Finally, Linguistics is great preparation for professional exams: linguists have the second highest LSAT scores among majors in Business, Arts and Humanities, and the Social and Health Sciences.
- Computing Science and Linguistics Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
- First Nations Studies and Linguistics Bachelor of Arts
- Linguistics and Anthropology Bachelor of Arts
Certificate and Diploma
- First Nations Language Proficiency Certificate
- Linguistics of Speech Science Certificate
- Teaching ESL Linguistics Certificate
Co-operative Education Program
Want to know more?
Simon Fraser University has one of the largest and most diverse Linguistics programs in Canada. The following are just some of the topics you can study in our courses:
- How speech sounds are produced in our vocal tracts
- Formal properties of sound systems and grammatical structures
- History of languages
- How language conveys meaning and is used in social interactions
- How languages are learned by children and adults
- The diversity of the world’s languages as well as their surprising similarities. SFU features a notable focus on First Nations languages.
Dr. Keir Moulton describes LING 222: Introduction to Syntax
Dr. Maite Taboada describes LING 100: Communication and Language