Program Information

School: Mount Saint Vincent University
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science
Degree: Bachelor; Honours
Field of Study: Linguistics
Description: An undergraduate degree in linguistics gives students opportunities to study the formal, functional and systemic nature of language and languages. Linguistics is directly concerned with the question “what does it mean to know (a) language?”. As such, linguists write the descriptions language teachers use and linguistics provides methods for understanding language learning processes and disorders. Linguistics also provides relevant background for research into sign languages and the development of computer languages. It forms the basis for understanding bilingualism, for language planning in multilingual countries, for developing programmes for increasing literacy, and for enhancing the efficiency of translation services. Linguistics informs literary and cultural studies, and is central in the developing cognitive sciences.

The study of language as both a cognitive and social phenomenon entails cognate relationships with an extremely wide array of disciplines. Some of these are suggested by the interdisciplinary nature of the program. Faculty from Modern Languages, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology/Anthropology are participants. Many students will elect to combine Linguistics majors with majors or minors in other areas in which cross-listed and recommended classes are offered.

URL: Linguistics at Mount Saint Vincent University
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Careers: Linguists

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)* 70

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

Applicants must have four additional Grade 12 academic subjects with a minimum grade of 60%, and an overall average of at least 70%. Applicants with averages between 65% and 70% will be judged on an individual basis.