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Undergraduate Calendar 2018-2019 
Undergraduate Calendar 2018-2019 [-ARCHIVED CALENDAR-]

Honours Linguistics (B.A.)

This program is designed for students who are concentrating on the scientific study of language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, etc.). Students should speak with the Departmental Counsellor for Linguistics to determine which linguistics electives are most appropriate for their academic and professional objectives.


Completion of any Level I program and a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 including an average of at least 5.0 in LINGUIST 1A03  and 1AA3 . It is strongly recommended that students include six units of a language other than English in their Level I program.


  1. In this program students are required to study at least two languages for a total of 24 units of language study. The department has defined four language groups (see below) for this purpose. Of the 24 units, students must take at least 12 units from one language group of their choice, and 6 units of a language from another group. Please note that some languages have only 6 units of study available. Example: A student completes 12 units of Language A plus 6 units of Language B; the remaining 6 units of language study (to total 24 units) may be completed as the student chooses - by adding 6 units to Language A or B, or by completing 6 units of Language C.
    • Romance Languages: French, Italian, Spanish
    • Classical: Greek, Latin, Sanskrit
    • Other Indo-European Languages: German, Polish, Russian
    • Non Indo-European Languages: Cayuga (may be offered off-campus), Chinese (Mandarin), Hebrew, Japanese, Mohawk, Ojibwe (offered on-campus) 
  2. Students must include LINGUIST 2D03  in Level II or III of their program in order to take any Level IV seminars in Linguistics.  
  3. Upon completion of 60 units of work and with the approval of the Department of Linguistics and Languages and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, one or both terms of Level III may be replaced by courses of study at a university under the Humanities Study Elsewhere Program.
  4. It is recommended that students interested in pursuing TESL Certification after graduation include the following courses in their program of study: LINGUIST 4E03  and 4TE3 . They should also consult the TESL Ontario website for certified programs and requirements of certification.
  5. Students registered in Level IV of any Honours or Combined Honours program in Linguistics or Cognitive Science of Language with a Grade Point Average of at least 9.0 may apply for the Honours Thesis course (LINGUIST 4Y06 A/B ) where they would conduct an individual research project under the supervision of a faculty member.


120 units total (Levels I to IV), of which 48 units may be Level I