Linguistics (LING)

Programs and courses in Linguistics are administered by the Linguistics Coordinator.

Program in Linguistics

An undergraduate degree in linguistics provides opportunities to study the formal, functional and systemic nature of language and languages as both social and cognitive phenomena. Although a discipline in its own right, linguistics has cognate relationships with many disciplines, suggested by the interdisciplinary nature of many of the courses in the program. Faculty members from Anthropology, English, French, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, and other disciplines participate.

Major in Linguistics

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

Honours in Linguistics

An honours degree 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
  • Three (3) credit hours from
  • Three (3) credit hours at the 4000 level in LING
  • Six (6) 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.

Concentration in Linguistics

A Concentration in linguistics requires 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
  • At least six (6) credit hours selected from LING 2309 Phonetics, 2310 Phonology, 2330 Syntax, 2340 Semantics
  • Twelve (12) credit hours selected from courses at or above the 2000 level from the LING or cross- approved courses listed 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 language teaching, anthropology, sociology, business, and computer studies.

The program consists 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
  • 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 for 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 out of 4.3 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 Language and Society
ANTH 2391 Learning a Field Language
ANTH 2392 Linguistic Anthropology
ANTH 3308 Signs and Symbols
ANTH 3395 Language Issues in the Arctic
ANTH 3396 Language Issues in Canada
ANTH 4491 Advanced Topics in Linguistic Anthropology
ANTH 4492 Ethnography of Communication
ENGL 2311 Modern English Language
ENGL 2326 Language and Gender
ENGL 3402 History of the English Language
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 3826-3849 Special Topics in Linguistics
LING 4401-4409 Topics in Linguistic 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