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Honours Cognitive Science of Language (B.A.)

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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 , 1AA3  and PSYCH 1F03  or 1X03 .


  1. Students should be aware that, PSYCH 1XX3  (or 1FF3 ) requires either Grade 12 Biology U or BIOLOGY 1P03  as a prerequisite. Please note, however, that students can complete BIOLOGY 1P03  and PSYCH 1XX3  (or 1FF3 ), 2E03 , 2H03 , 2NF3  in their second year of studies.
  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. At some time during the program, students must meet a laboratory requirement by completing one course from Course List 1 below. 
  4. In this program students are required to complete 12 units of language courses other than English, of which at least six units must be in a single language. Courses taught in English do not satisfy this requirement. The following languages are offered at McMaster:
    Romance Languages: French, Italian, Spanish
    Classical: Greek, Latin, Sanskrit
    Other Indo-European Languages: Farsi, German, Polish, Russian
    Non Indo-European Languages: American Sign Language, Arabic, Cayuga, Chinese (Mandarin), Hebrew, Inuktitut, Korean, Japanese, Mohawk, Ojibwe
  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 to register in the Honours Thesis course (LINGUIST 4Y06 A/B ) where they would conduct an individual research project under the supervision of a faculty member.
  6. Students interested in doing graduate work in Speech and Language Pathology should consult with the Departmental Counsellor for the Cognitive Science of Language program.
  7. Students in the Honours or Combined Honours program in Cognitive Science of Language are encouraged to consider additional Linguistics elective offerings (see ‘Department Notes’ for Linguistics course offerings).


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

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