Decode how we acquire languages, how we use them and how they work. Gain widely marketable skills and knowledge as linguists work in many areas, and tailor your educational path to your career interests. Acquire transferable skills on constructing logical arguments, problem-solving and analytical thinking.

About linguistics

The Department of Linguistics offers a number of major and minor degree and certificate programs in linguistics. Linguistics can be combined with other areas of study in joint majors to create a powerful foundation for your career of choice. Joint major programs are available with:

  • Computing science
  • First Nations studies
  • Anthropology

Certificate programs are also available:

  • Certificate in the Linguistics of Speech Science
  • Certificate in Teaching ESL Linguistics

Career pathways

Linguistics graduates may directly begin work in a multitude of fields. Some popular pathways include working as EAL (English as an additional language) teachers, speech language assistants, and language specialists in the tech industry. With further education, a graduate can go on to become an audiologist or a speech therapist or pathologist.

Students can also continue on to graduate studies in linguistics to become a professional linguist and enjoy a career in education and academia. Many linguistics can also go on to pursue other professional fields, such as law. Linguistics can be excellent preparation for professional exams: linguists have the second highest LSAT scores among majors in business, arts and humanities, and the social and health sciences.


The application deadline for fall 2020 admission is January 31, 2020.

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Programs available

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Get in touch

Got questions about linguistics? Please contact Rita Parmar, Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Linguistics.

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