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Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics offers programs of study that lead to the Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts, and the Diploma in Linguistics.

For current listings, see the Department.

For information on the diploma program, see Diploma in Linguistics.

For information on advanced degrees, see graduate Linguistics.

Note: Majors hosted by the Department of Linguistics may be declared upon completion of 27 credits.

Major in Linguistics

Students must take at least 42 credits in Linguistics and related areas, subject to the following:

Language Requirement

The Department of Linguistics language requirement for the Major in Linguistics is different from the Bachelor of Arts degree requirement. Students who satisfy the B.A. requirement by completing a Grade 12 course in a language other than English may satisfy the Linguistics Language Requirement either by taking an additional 6 credits in the same language or by taking 12 credits in a different language at UBC. The language courses taken toward the Linguistics Language Requirement do not count toward the 42-credit total required for the Linguistics Major.

In addition, students may satisfy the Linguistics Language Requirement by demonstrating competence in a language not taught at UBC. In such cases, the student should contact the Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Linguistics.

Recommended Courses:

  • LING 100, 101, 209, and 222
  • STAT 203

Note: 100-level LING courses do not count toward Honours, Major or Minor programs in Linguistics or Speech Sciences. “Recommended” courses are additional courses that may help you better understand and succeed in the required courses for the program. There’s no necessity that you complete any or all of them; they are simply ones that you may find helpful, especially if your own background is somewhat weaker in those areas.

Required Courses:

  • both LING 200 and 201; and
  • all of LING 300, 311, 313, 327, and 333; and
  • LING 447; and
    • an additional 18 credits of courses numbered 300 or higher, of which 6 can be taken from upper-level courses in related areas. See the Department of Linguistics websitefor pre-approved courses from other departments. Courses not listed on the website must be approved by the Linguistics Undergraduate Advisor.

Note: undergraduate students may enrol in graduate-level courses if they meet the requirements; see www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=12,204,342,1530 and www.grad.ubc.ca/forms/enrolment-undergraduate-students-graduate-course for more information. Such courses can count toward upper-level credit requirements (i.e., as courses numbered 300 or higher).

Honours in Linguistics

Admission to the Honours program requires:

  • An overall average of 76% or higher on at least 33 credits including LING 200 and LING 201
  • A final grade of at least 80% in LING 200 and in LING 201
  • Approval of the Undergraduate Advisor

Students must take at least 60 credits in Linguistics and related areas, subject to the following:

Language Requirement:

As for the Major.

Recommended Courses:

  • LING 100, 101, 209, and 222
  • STAT 203

    Note: 100-level LING courses do not count toward Honours, Major or Minor programs in Linguistics or Speech Sciences. “Recommended” courses are additional courses that may help you better understand and succeed in the required courses for the program. There’s no necessity that you complete any or all of them; they are simply ones that you may find helpful, especially if your own background is somewhat weaker in those areas.

    Required Courses:

    • both LING 200 and 201; and
    • all of LING 300, 311, 313, 327 and 333; and
    • LING 447; and
    • LING 449 (Honours Essay); and
    • an additional 30 credits of courses numbered 300 or higher, (including possibly additional sections of LING 447). These 30 credits must all be LING courses, except for a maximum of can be taken from upper-level courses in related areas. See the Department of Linguistics website for pre-approved courses from other departments. Courses not listed on the website must be approved by the Linguistics Undergraduate Advisor.

    Note: undergraduate students may enrol in graduate-level courses if they meet the requirements; see www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=12,204,342,1530 and www.grad.ubc.ca/forms/enrolment-undergraduate-students-graduate-course for more information. Such courses can count toward upper-level credit requirements (i.e., as courses numbered 300 or higher).

    Minor in Linguistics

    Students must take at least 30 credits in Linguistics and related areas, subject to the following:

    Recommended Courses:

    • LING 100, 101, 209, and 222
    • STAT 203

    Note: 100-level LING courses do not count toward Honours, Major or Minor programs in Linguistics or Speech Sciences. “Recommended” courses are additional courses that may help you better understand and succeed in the required courses for the program. There’s no necessity that you complete any or all of them; they are simply ones that you may find helpful, especially if your own background is somewhat weaker in those areas.

    Required Courses:

    • both LING 200 and 201; and
    • 6 credits from LING 300, 311, 313, and 327; and
    • an additional 12 credits of LING courses numbered 300 or higher (which may include additional courses from LING 300, 311, 313, and 327); and
    • an additional 6 credits in Linguistics and related fields. These 6 credits may come from any combination of the following:
      • LING courses numbered 200 or higher
      • upper-level courses in related areas. See the Department of Linguistics website for pre-approved courses from other departments. Courses not listed on the website must be approved by the Linguistics Undergraduate Advisor.
      Note: undergraduate students may enrol in graduate-level courses if they meet the requirements; see www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=12,204,342,1530 and www.grad.ubc.ca/forms/enrolment-undergraduate-students-graduate-course for more information. Such courses can count toward upper-level credit requirements (i.e., as courses numbered 300 or higher).
    • The Linguistics Major Language Requirement is not required for the Minor in Linguistics

    Major in Cognitive Systems: Language (B.A.)

    For a program description and admission requirements see Cognitive Systems (Arts).

    For a list of acceptable Cognitive Systems Module Courses, see here.

    Lower-level requirements

    • LING 100
    • PSYC 100 (or 101 and 102)
    • CPSC 110 (or 103 and 107)1, 121
    • COGS 200
    • LING 200, 201
    • PSYC 217 or 2772
    • PSYC 218 or 2783 or STAT 200 or 2014
    • PHIL 220 or PHIL 3205

    Upper-level requirements

    • COGS 300, 303, 401, 402
    • PSYC 365
    • Six credits of philosophy courses taken from this list: PHIL 351, PHIL 326, PHIL 441, PHIL 451, PHIL 455
    • 6 credits of LING module courses
    • 12 credits of additional Cognitive Systems Module courses numbered 300 or higher (chosen from this list), at least 6 credits of which must be non-LING.

    1While CPSC 110 is the recommended route for students pursuing a program in Cognitive Systems, CPSC 103 and 107 may be taken in its place.

    2PSYC 277 registration is limited to BSc students. BA students without prior credit for this course should plan to register in PSYC 217.

    3PSYC 278 registration is limited to BSc students. BA students without prior credit for this course should plan to register in PSYC 218.

    4Students intending to enroll in the Minor in Data Science should satisfy this requirement by taking STAT 201.

    5The prerequisite of PHIL 220 may be waived for PHIL 320 with the consent of the instructor.

    Major in Speech Sciences

    Students majoring in Speech Sciences should be aware that North American graduate programs in Speech Pathology and Audiology have varying prerequisites, and that a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Speech Sciences from UBC will not necessarily qualify them for immediate admission to a graduate program. Students should investigate prospective graduate schools and consult the Linguistics Undergraduate Advisor early in their program. See The School of Audiology and Speech Sciences for the required prerequisites for the two-year Master's program at UBC.

    Students must take at least 45 credits in Linguistics and related areas, subject to the following requirements:

    Recommended Courses:

    • LING 100 or 101;
    • BIOL 153 or 155;
    • PHYS 100 or 101;
    • PHYS 341;
    • PSYC 101 and 102 (or PSYC 100)

    Note: 100-level LING courses do not count toward Honours, Major or Minor programs in Linguistics or Speech Sciences. “Recommended” courses are additional courses that may help you better understand and succeed in the required courses for the program. There’s no necessity that you complete any or all of them; they are simply ones that you may find helpful, especially if your own background is somewhat weaker in those areas.

    Required Courses:

    • all of LING 200, 201, 209 and 222; and
    • both LING 333 and STAT 203; and
    • all of LING 300, 311, 313, and 314; and
    • LING 447; and
    • either LING 451 or 452; and
    • an additional 9 credits of LING courses numbered 300 or higher (possibly including additional sections of LING 447). These 21 credits may include any LING courses numbered 300 or higher and any of the pre-approved upper-level courses in related areas listed on the Department of Linguistics website. Courses not listed on the website must be approved by the Linguistics Undergraduate Advisor. Students intending to apply for admission to a graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology can use these credits to meet admission eligibility requirements for specific programs they will be applying to (e.g., AUDI 402, AUDI 403, PSYC courses).

    Note: undergraduate students may enrol in graduate-level courses if they meet the requirements; see www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=12,204,342,1530 and www.grad.ubc.ca/forms/enrolment-undergraduate-students-graduate-course for more information. Such courses can count toward upper-level credit requirements (i.e., as courses numbered 300 or higher).

    Honours in Speech Sciences

    Admission to the Honours program requires:

    • An overall average of 76% or higher on at least 33 credits including LING 200 and LING 201
    • A final grade of at least 80% in each of LING 200 and in LING 201
    • Approval of the Undergraduate Advisor

    Students must take at least 63 credits in Linguistics and related areas, subject to the following:

    Recommended Courses:

    • LING 100 or 101;
    • BIOL 153 or 155;
    • PHYS 100 or 101;
    • PHYS 341;
    • PSYC 101 and 102 (or PSYC 100)

    Note: 100-level LING courses do not count toward Honours, Major or Minor programs in Linguistics or Speech Sciences. “Recommended” courses are additional courses that may help you better understand and succeed in the required courses for the program. There’s no necessity that you complete any or all of them; they are simply ones that you may find helpful, especially if your own background is somewhat weaker in those areas.

    Required Courses:

    • all of LING 200, 201, 209 and 222; and
    • both LING 333 and STAT 203; and
    • all of LING 300, 311, 313, and 314; and
    • LING 447; and
    • LING 449 (Honours Essay); and
    • either LING 451 or 452; and
    • an additional 21 credits of LING courses numbered 300 or higher (possibly including additional sections of LING 447). These 21 credits may include any LING courses numbered 300 or higher and any of the pre-approved upper-level courses in related areas listed on the Department of Linguistics website. Courses not listed on the website must be approved by the Linguistics Undergraduate Advisor. Students intending to apply for admission to a graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology can use these credits to meet admission eligibility requirements for specific programs they will be applying to (e.g., AUDI 402, AUDI 403, PSYC courses).

    Note: undergraduate students may enrol in graduate-level courses if they meet the requirements; see http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=12,204,342,1530 and https://www.grad.ubc.ca/forms/enrolment-undergraduate-students-graduate-course for more information. Such courses can count toward upper-level credit requirements (i.e., as courses numbered 300 or higher).

    Minor in Speech Sciences

    Students must take at least 33 credits in Linguistics and related areas, subject to the following requirements:

    Recommended Courses

    • LING 100 or 101;
    • BIOL 153 or 155;
    • PHYS 100 or 101;
    • PHYS 341;
    • PSYC 101 and 102 (or PSYC 100)
    • LING 200, 201, 209 and 222
    • PSYC 101 and 102
    • LING 313 and 314
    • LING 300 or 311
    • An additional 6 credits from AUDI 402, LING 451 or 452
    • An additional 6 credits from LING courses numbered 300 or higher. A maximum of 6 credits can be taken from senior-level courses in related areas. Accepted courses in related areas are listed on the department’s undergraduate webpage.) Courses not on the list must be approved by the Linguistics Undergraduate Advisor or Program Manager.

    Note: 100-level LING courses do not count toward Honours, Major or Minor programs in Linguistics or Speech Sciences. “Recommended” courses are additional courses that may help you better understand and succeed in the required courses for the program. There’s no necessity that you complete any or all of them; they are simply ones that you may find helpful, especially if your own background is somewhat weaker in those areas.

    Required Courses:

    • all of LING 200, 201, 209 and 222; and
    • both LING 313 and 314; and
    • either LING 300 or 311; and
    • an additional 6 credits from AUDI 402, LING 451 or 452; and
    • an additional 6 credits of LING courses numbered 300 or higher. These 6 credits may include any LING courses numbered 300 or higher and any of the pre-approved upper-level courses in related areas listed on the Department of Linguistics website. Courses not listed on the website must be approved by the Linguistics Undergraduate Advisor. Students intending to apply for admission to a graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology can use these credits to meet admission eligibility requirements for specific programs they will be applying to (e.g., AUDI 402, AUDI 403, PSYC courses).

    Note: undergraduate students may enrol in graduate-level courses if they meet the requirements; see http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=12,204,342,1530 and https://www.grad.ubc.ca/forms/enrolment-undergraduate-students-graduate-course for more information. Such courses can count toward upper-level credit requirements (i.e., as courses numbered 300 or higher).

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    Page last updated: March 2, 2022

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