The BSc program emphasizes courses in experimental phonetics, speech and hearing physiology, psycholinguistics and child language, with extralinguistic requirements in cognitive and developmental psychology, neuropsychology, biology, mathematics, and physics. These programs emphasize a basic scientific education in a broad but relevant spectrum of fields, together with a strong concentration in linguistics as a science. The BSc in Linguistics is a suitable preparation for post-graduate study in the Speech and Hearing Sciences and for advanced studies in Psycholinguistics and the Phonetic Sciences.
Note recent program changes!
Major BSc Program in Linguistics
The BSc Major in the first and second years requires:
- LING 100A or 181
- LING 200, 203, and 204
- BIOL 150A or 190A
- BIOL 150B or 190B or EPHE 141
- MATH 100 or 102
- 3 units from PHYS 102, 112, 120, 130, 220
- PSYC 100A, 100B and 201
We suggest other electives be taken from among the computer science, physiology and anatomy, physics, psychology, and second language offerings during the first two years, such as:
- CSC 100, 110, 115
- EPHE 241A and 241B (prerequisite 141)
- PHYS 214
- PSYC 215A, 340
- MUS 306, 307
- Course(s) in a second language.
The BSc in Linguistics is largely constructed to provide students who wish to pursue careers in speech pathology and/or audiology with the best possible background to ensure acceptance into one of the postgraduate programs which specialize in this area. Therefore, in the third and fourth years, we require students to take the following courses:
- LING 370A (Psycholinguistics), 370B (Developmental Psycholinguistics), 380 (Acoustic Phonetics), 381 (Physiology of Speech Perception) and 486 (Experimental Phonetics).
- 4.5 units selected from among LING 300 (Auditory and Perceptual Phonetics), 309 (Topics in Morphology), 311 (Syntax), 312 (Generative Phonology), 411 (Advanced Syntactic Analysis), and 412 (Advanced Phonological Analysis).
- 3 additional units from among LING 370C (Topics in Psycholinguistics) 373 (Second Language Acquisition), 386 (Intonation, Rhythm, Stress and Tone), 482 (Computational Linguistics: An Introduction), 495 (Language Variation and Change). These three additional units can also be taken from among courses not already selected from the list of LING 300, 309, 311, 312, 411, 412.
The BSc also specifies six units of co-requisite courses from cognitive psychology, statistical methods, perception and psychophysics, neuropsychology, and aspects of developmental psychology:
- PSYC 300A
- 4.5 units selected from PSYC 300B, 313, 315, 317A, 317B, 323, 335, 413, 415A, 415B, 450.
Honours BSc Program in LinguisticsIn addition to the requirements for the Major BSc program in Linguistics, Honours BSc students must present LING 411, 412 and 499 for a total of 21 units of upper-level courses. The regulations regarding the required level of achievement are the same as those for the Honours BA in Linguistics.