for current undergraduate students in Linguistics

The PASS program

PASS provides free, organized study groups. As schedule will be posted at the start of each term.

Research Participation and Critical Thinking

For Linguistics 201

LING 201 students have the option to satisfy an Experiential Learning/Critical Thinking component worth a small percentage of their final grade. The educational objective of this component of the course is to provide you with an introduction to contemporary research in the field of linguistics.

Courses offered

With courses in theoretical and applied study areas, the Linguistics program at the University of Calgary offers a four-year major program and a number of concentrations and minor programs drawing from a diverse curriculum. Students in all Linguistics degrees take foundational courses in core areas of theoretical linguistics in the first and second years, covering Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, and Semantics. In the major program, students take additional courses on a non-English language, with the option to fulfill this requirement using a programming language in Computer Science.

An example of first-year courses

  • Linguistics 201- Examine the universal basics of language including articulatory phonetics and phonology of English and other languages, words and meaning, linguistic rules and the formation of sentences.
  • Linguistics 223 -Investigate the nature of persuasive messages in advertising and politics. Topics may include truth and falsity, implication, ambiguity, and context-dependence.

In later years, students pursue deeper studies into the nature of linguistic theory, or the history of English and related Germanic languages. These senior courses are informed by the research interests of the Linguistics faculty, also including indigenous language study and revitalization along with questions surrounding first and second language acquisition. Preparatory courses for later degrees in Speech-Language Pathology are also available.

Interested in grad studies? Learn about a Linguistics honours degree

Honours thesis

An honours degree will provide you with an opportunity to pursue greater depth in the field of linguistics study. An important objective is to prepare you for possible entry to graduate-level linguistics degree programs.

You must register in a decimalized Linguistics 598 (Independent Research) course which should have a descriptive title (e.g. ‘Honours Thesis in X'). The most significant aspect of the course is to write a thesis, worth 60 to 100% of the course grade. The thesis supervisor, determined by the mutual consent of the student and a faculty member, is the Instructor of Record for the course. All pertinent information should be contained in the course outline, kept on file in the School main office.

The Thesis Committee consists of the supervisor and a reader (another faculty member, who may be external to the School). The reader should be determined by the supervisor in consultation with the student by January 31. The role of the reader is to comment on and evaluate the thesis.  In assigning the grade for the thesis, the reader acts in an advisory capacity to the supervisor who is solely responsible for determining the thesis and course grades.

The general area of the thesis topic (e.g. language acquisition, phonology) should be determined before the student’s registration in Linguistics 598 is approved.

Although originality is not required, it is desirable. A well-documented survey or a reanalysis of an existing description is acceptable. Organization of materials, lucidity of exposition, and the development of a formal writing style should be emphasized. Normally the Style Sheet of the Linguistic Society of America is followed. Honours theses tend to be from 40 to 60 pages. Follow the Faculty of Graduate Studies Thesis/Dissertation Guidelines in preparing the final version of your thesis.

The student should submit a copy of the thesis to each of the Committee members by March 1. Final grade will be assigned AFTER completion of all revisions, as grade will be based on final product. Please note:  If a deferral is required, student will miss June convocation and will not graduate until fall convocation (November).

Once revisions have been completed to the satisfaction of the supervisor, one bound copy of the thesis should be deposited in the School collection. Final acceptance of the thesis is indicated by the signatures of the supervisor and the reader on the signature page.


The Michael Dobrovolsky Undergraduate Linguistics Award

This is a $ 400 award offered annually to a continuing University of Calgary
full-time student, majoring in Linguistics or Linguistics and Language.  The award is based on academic merit and extra-curricular activities. To qualify for this award a student must:

  • Be a Linguistics or Linguistics and Language major
  • Have successfully completed the previous Fall and Winter sessions with a minimum of 18 units
  • Be a continuing full-time student in the specified field of study in the upcoming Fall and Winter sessions
  • Carry a minimum GPA of 3.0 over the previous Fall and Winter sessions
  • Be a current member of Verbatim
  • Be involved in extra-curricular activities, especially those related to linguistics, e.g. participation in Verbatim, volunteer work at Children's Hospital

Applications must be submitted to SLLLC ( by May 1. 

Value: $ 400   

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Programs in Canada

The following universities offer programs in Audiology and/or Speech-Language Pathology:

  • University of Alberta - S-LP Program
  • University of British Columbia - S-LP and Audiology Programs
  • Dalhousie University - S-LP and Audiology Programs
  • Université Laval - S-LP Program (French)
  • Université Laurentienne (French) - S-LP Program
  • McGill University - S-LP Program
  • McMaster University -  S-LP Program
  • Université de Montréal - S-LP and Audiology Programs (French)
  • Université d'Ottawa - S-LP and Audiology Programs (French)
  • Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (French) - S-LP Program
  • University of Toronto - S-LP Program
  • Western University - S-LP and Audiology Programs

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) provides information regarding the accreditation of each of these programs. This is a good resource, but we recommend that you consult the individual websites of each of the University programs listed, for specific details.

General Requirements

The following are requirements of all Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology programs:

  • 4-year undergraduate degree
  • Prerequisite courses:  Statistics/Research Methods, Child Development/Developmental Psychology
  • Proficiency in language of instruction
  • Various forms of documentation, including official transcripts, resume/CV, reference letters, etc.

Faculty of Arts Student's Association

The Faculty of Arts Students' Association (FASA) is a student club, representing the interests of undergraduate students at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Arts.

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Verbatim Linguistics Undergraduate Society

Verbatim is the University of Calgary's undergraduate linguistics club where you can meet with other students, have a quiet study place, find help for your burning linguistic questions (class related or not!), access the Linguistics' Library, or just unwind between classes.

The club offers the popular "Evening With ..." series which spotlights particular languages like Irish, Japanese or even the invented alien languages in popular culture, such as Klingon. Sub-Field Nights give you a chance to explore new areas within linguistics such as sociolinguistics and dialectology, as well as ways you can put your knowledge of linguistics to work doing such things as language coaching. The Larynx Field Trip is an annual guided tour of the cadaver lab at the Foothills Hospital by an anatomy professor and phonetician who discusses the physiology behind speech. 

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