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. A student can also continue graduate study 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.
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.