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Combined Honours in Linguistics and Another Subject (B.A.)

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This program is designed for students who want to combine the scientific study of language with another subject of their choice.



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 .


  1. Students are required to complete 18 units of language other than English for this program, either in one or two languages. Please note that some languages have only 3 or 6 units of study available. 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
  2. Students whose other subject involves the study of a language may substitute 12 units of language other than English with 12 units of Linguistics courses.
  3. Students must include LINGUIST 2D03  in Level II or III of their program in order to take any Level IV seminars in Linguistics. Students who are registered in the Combined Honours Linguistics and Communication Studies program will substitute 3 units of elective work for LINGUIST 2D03  in view of their completion of CMST 2TM6  (formerly CMST 2A03 and 2B03). Such students should consult with the Undergraduate Advisor for Linguistics to ensure access to Level IV courses.
  4. 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 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

30 units


  • Level I program completed prior to admission into the program

3 units


18 units


  • a language other than English (See Notes 1 and 2 above)

36 units

  • Courses specified for the other subject. (Combinations with Social Sciences may require more than 36 units.)

9 units

  • electives to total 120 units

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