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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 (and no more than 60 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 general language requirement of the Faculty of Arts. Students who satisfy the Faculty 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 towards the 42 credit total required for the Linguistics Major.

In addition, students may satisfy the Linguistics Language Requirement by demonstrating competence in a language other than those listed under the Faculty of Arts Language Requirement. In such cases, the student should contact the Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Linguistics.

Recommended Lower-Level Courses:

  • LING 100, 101, 209, and 222

Required Courses:

  • LING 200 and 201
  • LING 300, 311, 313, 327, and 333
  • LING 447. This seminar course is a capstone course for the Linguistics Major, which students normally take in the final year of their program. Multiple sections on different topics are offered each year.
  • Students must take an additional 18 credits of courses numbered 300 or higher (including possibly additional sections of LING 447). These must all be LING courses, except for a maximum of 6 credits which can be taken from senior-level courses in related areas. Courses from outside Linguistics must be approved by the Linguistics Undergraduate Advisor. See the Department of Linguistics website for suggested courses from other departments.

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 (and no more than 72 credits) in Linguistics and related areas, subject to the following:

Language Requirement:

As for the Major.

Required Courses:

  • LING 200 and 201
  • LING 300, 311, 313, 327 and 333
  • LING 447
  • LING 449 (Honours Essay)
  • An additional 30 credits of courses numbered 300 or higher (including possibly additional sections of LING 447). These must all be LING courses, except for a maximum of 6 credits which can be taken from senior-level courses in related areas. Courses from outside Linguistics must be approved by the Linguistics Undergraduate Advisor. See the Department of Linguistics website for suggested courses from other departments.

Minor in Linguistics

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

Recommended Lower-Level Courses:

  • LING 100, 101, 209, and 222

Required Courses:

  • LING 200 and 201
  • Students take an additional 24 credits in Linguistics and related fields. These 24 credits must include:
    • at least 6 credits from LING 300, 311, 313, and 327
    • an additional 12 credits of LING 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, 121
  • COGS 200
  • LING 200, 201
  • PSYC 217
  • PSYC 218 or STAT 200
  • PHIL 220 or PHIL 3201

Upper-level requirements

  • COGS 300, 303, 401, 402
  • PSYC 365
  • PHIL 425, 451
  • 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.

1The prerequisite of PHIL 220 may be waived for PHIL 320 with the consent of the instructor.

Major in First Nations Languages and Linguistics

This program is no longer accepting students. Students interested in pursuing studies in the interdisciplinary area of Linguistics and First Nations Languages should consider doing a major/minor combination of Linguistics and First Nations and Endangered Languages programs.

Students must take at least 42 credits (and no more than 60 credits) in Linguistics and First Nations Languages, including the following:

Required Courses:

  • FNLG 101, 102, 201, and 202 (Note: these courses must all be in the same language; see First Nations Languages for information.)
  • LING 100, 101, 200, and 201
  • LING 300 and 311
  • LING 431 and 432
  • LING 433 and 436
  • An additional 12 credits of LING courses numbered 300 or higher.

For a list of recommended courses from other departments, see the Department of Linguistics website.

Major in First Nations Languages and Linguistics with a Minor in Linguistics / Major or Honours in Speech Sciences with a Minor in Linguistics

This program is no longer accepting students. Students interested in pursuing studies in the interdisciplinary area of Linguistics and First Nations Languages should consider doing a major/minor combination of Linguistics and First Nations and Endangered Languages programs.

Because there is substantial Linguistics content in the First Nations Languages and Linguistics and in the Speech Sciences majors, students from these programs who wish to receive a Minor in Linguistics must meet the following requirements in addition to the standard requirements for the minor.

The 30 credits presented for the Minor in Linguistics must include:

  • LING 300, 311, 313, and 327
  • at least 6 credits of courses numbered 300 or higher which count toward the Minor in Linguistics but which are not included in the credits counted toward the Major in First Nations Languages and Linguistics or the Major or Honours in Speech sciences.

Minor in First Nations Languages and Linguistics

This program is no longer accepting students. Students interested in pursuing studies in the interdisciplinary area of Linguistics and First Nations Languages should consider doing a major/minor combination of Linguistics and First Nations and Endangered Languages programs.

Students take 30 credits selected from the courses listed for the Major in First Nations Languages and Linguistics including FNLG 101, 102, 201, and 202 (in the same language), or equivalent experience with a First Nations language and 18 credits from Linguistics courses numbered 300 and above including:

  • LING 300 or 311
  • LING 431
  • LING 433 and 436

For a list of recommended courses from other departments, see the Department of Linguistics website.

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 51 credits (and no more than 60 credits) in Linguistics and related areas, subject to the following requirements:

  • LING 200, 201, 209 and 222
  • PSYC 101 and 102
  • LING 333 and STAT 203
  • LING 300, 311, 313, 314
  • LING 447
  • LING 451 or 452
  • An additional 9 credits* from AUDI 402, AUDI 403; LING 300-level and higher (Psychology courses that fulfill this requirement can be found on our website.)

*Students intending to apply for admission to a graduate program in speech-language pathology or audiology should use these credits to meet admission eligibility requirements for specific program they will be applying to.

Recommended courses: BIOL 155; LING 100; MATH 002; PHYS 100 or 101; PHYS 341.

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 69 credits (but no more than 72 credits) in Linguistics and related areas, subject to the following:

Required courses:

  • LING 200, 201, 209 and 222
  • PSYC 101 and 102
  • STAT 203
  • LING 300, 311, 313, 314 and 333
  • LING 449 (Honours Essay)
  • LING 451 or 452
  • An additional 24 credits from AUDI 402 and 403; LING 300-level and higher; selected PSYC 300-level and higher (Psychology courses that fulfill this requirement can be found on our website.)

Minor in Speech Sciences

Students must take at least 36 credits in Linguistics and related areas, subject to the following requirements:

  • 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 AUDI 403; LING 300-level and higher; selected PSYC 300-level and higher (Psychology courses that fulfill this requirement can be found on our website.)

Recommended courses: LING 100 and PSYC 207 and/or 208.

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