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Linguistics (BA)

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Degree
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department
Faculty
Program type
Major, Minor, Honours
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Duration
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall, Winter

Why study Linguistics?

Have you ever wondered why we don't all speak the same language? Or why different people have different accents?

Explore the human mind and discover the internal systems that govern the way language works. Develop strong problem-solving and analytical skills as you investigate properties of the mind by means as varied as computer analysis of speech and deciphering ancient texts.

Marvel at a child’s ability to effortlessly develop the very complex system that is human language. Trace the connections between languages spoken thousands of years ago and their living descendants. You’ll discover that languages that sound very different actually have a lot in common — just like humans. 

Program structure

A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.


Program options

  • Honours in Linguistics (60 credits)
  • Major in Linguistics (42 credits)
  • Minor in Linguistics (24 credits)


Courses


Exchange programs

Concordia International, in collaboration with the various faculties and the School of Graduate Studies, administers student exchange and internships with Concordia's partner universities and other institutions of higher learning around the world. This exchange enhances relationships between the people and cultures of different countries and promotes international education.

Participating students remain registered at Concordia University and spend from one term to one academic year taking courses, doing research, or participating in an internship program. For complete details, please see section 16.1.7 of the Undergraduate Calendar.

Exchange programs can take several forms, including:


Admission requirements

Minimum cut-off averages

  • Quebec CEGEP: 20 (Honours: 28)
  • High School: C+ (Honours: B+)
  • University Transfers (internal/external): C (Honours: B+)
  • Bacc. français: 11 (Honours: 14)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 26 (Honours: 31)  

Course requirements for admission

No specific courses required. However:


Honours programs

Students applying directly to an honours program should list it as their first choice. If not admitted to honours, they will automatically be considered for the next highest program (i.e. specialization or major).


Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

After your degree

Graduates of our program go on to:

  • careers in high-tech fields such as speech recognition and natural language processing . .
  • professional degrees in law and medicine
  • applied programs in speech pathology
  • top international graduate programs in Linguistics

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