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Linguistics and Anthropology Joint Major

Bachelor of Arts

Linguistics and anthropology are kindred disciplines, each concerned with culture, cognition and social relations. Students will acquire multidisciplinary expertise in anthropological aspects of language.

The joint major is of special interest to those pursuing the certificate in First Nations language proficiency or the Certificate in First Nations Studies Research, as well as to students interested in the anthropology of language, anthropological linguistics, or cognitive science.

Admission Requirements

An overall 2.25 cumulative GPA and a passing grade in LING 220 are required for admission to the major and all minor programs.

Program Requirements

Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

Students complete all of

Lower Division Anthropology Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 18 units, including all of

SA 101 - Introduction to Anthropology (A) (4)

Anthropology asks fundamental questions about how people live and interact in different contexts. Engages with contemporary social life around the world, including the relations among people, ideas, and things. Provides analytical tools to help understand the role of culture and society in our lives. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Natasha Ferenczi
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3150, Burnaby
D101 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
D102 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5026, Burnaby
D103 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D104 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D105 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
D106 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D900 Cristina Moretti
Mo 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SRYC 3090, Surrey
D901 Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3290, Surrey
D902 Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 5360, Surrey
D903 Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 3290, Surrey
D904 Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SRYC 3290, Surrey
SA 201W - Anthropology and Contemporary Life (A) (4)

An introduction to the anthropological perspective as applied to the organization of everyday life in contemporary settings. Introduces positivist, interpretive, and critical interpretive approaches to the analysis of social actions, identities, and values as enacted in space and time. Prerequisite: Recommended: SA 101. Writing.

Section Day/Time Location
OL01 Distance Education
SA 255 - Introduction to Social Research (SA) (4)

Explores how sociologists and anthropologists investigate social relations and contexts. Students learn to develop research questions and turn them into research projects. Introduces data collection techniques and related ethical issues, the relationship between theory and research, and other fundamental concepts and issues involved in conducting qualitative and quantitative research. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nicholas Scott
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 10921, Burnaby
D101 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D102 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5046, Burnaby
D103 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 2120, Burnaby

and two additional 200 division SA courses designated (A), (S) or (SA).

Lower Division Linguistics Requirements

Students complete

LING 160 - Language, Culture and Society (3)

Examines the relationship between language use and social structure. Considers how social factors such as gender, class, age, and ethnicity may be reflected in language use, as well as "big picture" topics that include multilingualism, dialect variation, language policy and linguistic stereotypes. Encourages students to think critically about the social dimensions of language. Open to all students. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
A320 TBD
B100 Suzanne Hilgendorf
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
B101 Suzanne Hilgendorf
TBD
LING 220 - Introduction to Linguistics (3)

Explores how language works. Introduces students to the systematic nature of language by exploring the patterns of sounds, words, sentences and meanings in English and other languages. Develops problem-solving and critical thinking skills through hands-on training in pattern recognition and language data analysis. Open to all students. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ivelina Koleva Tchizmarova
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCK 9500, Burnaby
D103 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 8105, Burnaby
D900 Margaret Grant
Mo 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SRYC 5140, Surrey
D902 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 5320, Surrey

and one of

INLG 130 - Practical Phonetics for Indigenous Languages (3)

Practical training in the description of sounds used in language. Prerequisite: Students in the Indigenous Studies program should complete INLG 133 before INLG 130. Students with credit for FNLG 130 or LING 130 may not take this course for further credit.

LING 282W - Writing for Linguistics (3)

Develops skills in language analysis by focusing on reading and writing of linguistic argumentation. Explores the foundations of such argumentation in the core areas of linguistics. Students read and discuss primary literature in linguistics in order to understand how to formulate hypotheses and evaluate them. They also learn how to use writing to construct their own solutions to challenging linguistic problems. Prerequisite: LING 220. Writing/Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
B100 Panayiotis Pappas
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2220, Burnaby
B101 Panayiotis Pappas
TBD

and six additional units in 100 and 200 division LING and/or INLG courses. Note that LING 282W is required for all upper division Linguistics courses.

Students complete both of

Upper Division Anthropology Requirements

Students complete both of

SA 301 - Contemporary Ethnography (A) (4)

A consideration of key themes in contemporary anthropology. Addresses theoretical and methodological questions by examining the work of contemporary anthropologists conducting research in diverse locations around the world. Prerequisite: SA 201W.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kathleen Millar
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
SA 356W - Ethnography and Qualitative Methods (SA) (4)

An examination of qualitative field methods, including participant observation, interviewing, archival research, cross-cultural research, life histories, network analysis, mapping, and ethical problems of fieldwork. Prerequisite: SA 255. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Natasha Ferenczi
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby

and three upper division SA electives. All of these must be designated (A). One of these must be a 400 division course.

No more than four units of Directed Readings and no more than 15 upper division units transferred from another institution may be used toward completion of these requirements.

Upper Division Linguistics Requirements

Students complete three of

LING 321 - Phonology (3)

An overview of theoretical principles in phonology. Prerequisite: LING 282W; or LING 221 and any lower division W course.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
B100 Ashley Farris-Trimble
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3210, Burnaby
B101 Ashley Farris-Trimble
TBD
LING 322 - Syntax (3)

Introduces theories of sentence structure. Prerequisite: LING 282W; or LING 222 and any lower division W course.

LING 323 - Morphology (3)

Word structure in natural languages and its relationship to phonological and syntactic levels of grammar. Prerequisite: One of LING 301W, 309W or 482W.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
B100 John Alderete
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6125, Burnaby
B101 John Alderete
TBD
LING 324 - Semantics (3)

Basic formal aspects of meaning (e.g. compositional semantics, truth conditional semantics and quantification in natural language) and how they are distinguished from pragmatic aspects of meaning. Prerequisite: LING 282W; or LING 222 and any lower division W course. Quantitative.

LING 330 - Phonetics (3)

A survey of methods of speech sound description and transcription. Prerequisite: LING 282W; or LING 221 and any lower division W course.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
B100 Murray Munro
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
B101 Murray Munro
TBD

and one of

LING 309W - Sociolinguistics (3)

A systematic approach to the study of linguistic variation in different areal, social, and cultural settings. Prerequisite: LING 282W. Recommended: LING 160. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
B100 Suzanne Hilgendorf
Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2200, Burnaby
B101 TBD
LING 408 - Field Linguistics (3)

The investigation and description of an unfamiliar language. Prerequisite: LING 221 or 321; and 222 or 322.

and nine additional upper division LING and/or INLG units. The following courses are recommended.

LING 430 - Aboriginal Languages of the Americas (3)

Structural and genetic characteristics of aboriginal languages of the Americas, with special emphasis on languages of the Northwest. Detailed examination of one language or language family. Prerequisite: 12 upper division linguistics units. Recommended: LING 323.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Degree Requirements

For all bachelor of arts (BA) programs, students complete 120 units, which includes

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 45 upper division units, of which at least 30 upper division units must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 60 units (including 21 upper division units) in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division overall CGPA of at least 2.0, and program CGPA and upper division program CGPA of at least 2.0 on the course work used to satisfy the minimum program requirements. FASS departments may define additional GPA requirements for their respective programs.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.