Linguistics

Programs

Honours in Linguistics

An honours degree in Linguistics requires a minimum of sixty (60) credit hours including:

  • LING 1200: Introduction to Linguistics
  • LING 2309: Phonetics
  • LING 2310: Phonology
  • LING 2330: Syntax
  • LING 2340: Semantics
  • Nine (9) credit hours from:
    • LING 3310: Advanced Phonology
    • LING 3320: Morphology
    • LING 3330: Advanced Syntax
    • LING 3350: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Linguistics
  • Three (3) credit hours from
    • LING 4401-4409: Topics in Linguistic Theory
    • LING 4501-4509: Topics in Applied Linguistics
  • Three (3) credit hours at the 4000 level in LING
  • Six (3) credit hours at the 2000 level or above in a language other than English
  • Twenty-one (21) additional credit hours at the 2000 level or above in LING.

Major in Linguistics

A major in Linguistics requires a minimum of thirty-nine (39) credit hours, including:

  • LING 1200: Introduction to Linguistics
  • LING 2309: Phonetics
  • LING 2310: Phonology
  • LING 2330: Syntax
  • LING 2340: Semantics
  • Nine (9) credit hours from:
    • LING 3310: Advanced Phonology
    • LING 3320: Morphology
    • LING 3330: Advanced Syntax
    • LING 3350: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Linguistics
  • Twelve (12) additional credit hours at the 2000 level or above in LING.

Concentration in Linguistics

A Concentration in Linguistics required a minimum of twenty-four (24) credit hours in Linguistics including:

  • LING 1200: Introduction to Linguistics
  • Eighteen (18) additional courses at the 2000 level or above in LING or from the list of approved courses below.

Minor in Linguistics

A minor in Linguistics requires a minimum of twenty-four (24) credit hours in Linguistics including:

  • LING 1200: Introduction to Linguistics
  • Eighteen (18) additional hours at the 2000 level or above in LING or from the list of approved courses below.

Certificate in Linguistics

The Certificate in Linguistics provides an opportunity to explore the structure and function of languages and how their systematic nature makes human communication possible. The Certificate in Linguistics is designed to provide a foundation in Linguistics to complement study in related fields, such as a language teaching, anthropology, sociology, business, and computer studies.

The program consist of thirty (30) credit hours and is intended primarily for students already holding degrees in any discipline. 

1. Admission

Admission to the certificate program requires a formal application for admission. Students taking the certificate while completing a bachelor's degree must obtain official approval of the Coordinator for Linguistics. Students majoring in Linguistics at Saint Mary's University are not eligible for this program.

2. Program Courses
  • LING 1200: Introduction to Linguistics
  • Six (6) credit hours from
    • LING 2309 Phonetics
    • LING 2310 Phonology
    • LING 2330 Syntax
    • LING 2340 Semantics
    • LING 3320 Morphology
  • Three (3) credit hours at the 3000 level or above from the approved list below
  • Fifteen (15) additional credit hours from the approved list below.

With the permission of the Coordinator of Linguistics, one of these courses can be other than a Linguistics course. Typically, this course would be one suitable for the student's objectives, such as an upper level class in a second language, formal logic or computing studies.

Fifteen (15) of the thirty (30) credit hours must be completed at Saint Mary's University. A minimum GPA of 2.00 in this Certificate Program is required for graduation.

3. Teacher Certification

In September 2002, the Provincial Department of Education's Minister's Advisory Committee on Teacher Certification approved the Certificate in Linguistics program in general for teacher certification purposes. Any teacher interested in pursuing this certificate program for teacher certification purposes must request individual approval of the program from the Registrar - Teacher Certification prior to registration in this program.

Approved Saint Mary's University courses:

  • ANTH 1290: Introduction to Human Communication
  • ANTH 2391: Learning a Field Language
  • ANTH 2392: Language, Culture and Society
  • ANTH 3395: Language Use and Issues in Northern Canada
  • ANTH 3396: Language Use and Issues in Southern Canada
  • ANTH 4491: Ethnography of Communication
  • ANTH 4492: Anthropological Analysis of Linguistic Communities
  • ENGL 2311: Modern English Language
  • ENGL 2326: Language and Gender
  • ENGL 3402: History of the English Language
  • ENGL 4427: Language, Gender, and Power
  • ENGL 4493: Doing Discourse Analysis
  • ENGL 4494: Approaches to Discourse Analysis
  • FREN 3320: French Phonetics
  • FREN 4440: Canadian French: Sociolinguistic Perspectives
  • IRST 2346: A Sociolinguistic History of Ireland
  • LING 2309: Phonetics
  • LING 2310: Phonology
  • LING 2330: Syntax
  • LING 2340: Semantics
  • LING 3310: Advanced Phonology
  • LING 3320: Morphology
  • LING 3330: Advanced Syntax
  • LING 3350: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Linguistics
  • LING 3368: Advanced Linguistics Analysis
  • LING 3826-3849: Special Topics in Linguistics
  • LING 4401-4409: Topics in Linguistics Theory
  • LING 4501-4509: Topics in Applied Linguistics
  • LING 4826-4849: Special Topics in Linguistics
  • LING 4876-4899: Directed Reading in Linguistics
  • PHIL 3402: Philosophy of Language
  • SOCI 3339: The Sociology of Language
  • SOCI 3366: Field Methods in Sociolinguistics I