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Programs / Science / Linguistics (BSc)

Program Summary

Linguistics is the scientific study of one of the most fundamental aspects of being human: using language to communicate. Linguists explore a range of fascinating areas, including how language is represented and processed in the brain, the psychology of language, clinical applications of linguistics in treating language disorders and delays, how children acquire language, and the biological and evolutionary aspects of language.

In Carleton’s Bachelor of Science in Linguistics, students take a quantitative approach to linguistics and learn from a dedicated faculty with a diverse set of research interests, including theoretical and experimental approaches and methods. Students can choose from four concentrations to tailor their Linguistics degree to their interests:

  • Linguistic Theory with a Psychology Focus
  • Linguistic Theory with a Neuroscience Focus
  • Psycholinguistics and Communication Disorders with a Psychology Focus
  • Psycholinguistics and Communication Disorders with a Neuroscience Focus

The Bachelor of Science in Linguistics with a concentration in Psycholinguistics and Communication Disorders is the ideal BSc degree for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology. Qualified students in Psycholinguistics and Communication Disorders have the opportunity to take a practicum course that provides clinical experience in speech-language pathology.

Linguistics can also be taken as a Bachelor of Arts degree.

The Linguistics program at Carleton is one of the strongest in Canada, offering students a chance to be involved in a variety of diverse research projects and to learn from dedicated and accessible faculty. Our programs are designed to be responsive to student needs and interests, and create opportunities for students to explore theoretical, experimental and clinical linguistics from a variety of perspectives. Carleton is also one of only a handful of universities in Canada to offer a Bachelor of Science in Linguistics.

Teaching excellence

The faculty in Linguistics at Carleton do research in diverse subfields of linguistics, and their expertise and passion are infused into their classrooms. Our faculty members win awards for their teaching and take seriously their role and responsibility as educators of the next generation of linguists. Implicit in the Linguistics programs at Carleton is the opportunity for students to learn about language beyond just English or French. Our faculty study a wide range of languages, including Indigenous, endangered, minority and understudied languages.

Independent research

Qualified students in the Linguistics program may explore more independent research by taking an Independent Study or Honours Thesis, under the supervision of a faculty member.  This kind of research often leads to presentations at academic conferences and co-publication with the supervisor, and can be an excellent way to test the waters for graduate-level research.

Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology

Qualified students registered in the concentration in Psycholinguistics and Communication Disorders have the opportunity to take a practicum course that provides clinical experience in speech-language pathology. This type of experience will benefit students who hope to pursue graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology.

One of Carleton’s greatest assets is its location in the nation’s capital. As a student here, you will be able to take advantage of all that Ottawa offers, including access to the federal government, cutting-edge research facilities, national and international organizations and numerous national museums.

Our Linguistics programs cover the following topics:

  • Phonetics: production, perception and acoustic properties of human speech sounds
  • Phonology: variations and patterns of speech sounds
  • Morphology: word categories, structure and creation of words
  • Syntax: structure of phrases and sentences
  • Semantics: word, phrase and sentence meaning
  • Language acquisition: how children learn their first language
  • Historical linguistics: language change and language relationships
  • Psycholinguistics: language processing and perception, language acquisition
  • Neurolinguistics: biological foundation and neuro-cognitive mechanisms of language
  • Communication disorders: disorders of speech, language, fluency, hearing and voice
  • Research methodology and statistics: experimental design and data analysis

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

The Bachelor of Science in Linguistics requires 20.0 credits: 9.0 of these credits are in Linguistics, 7.0 are Science course requirements, and 4.0 are free electives.

Students can choose from the following concentrations:

  • Linguistic Theory with a Psychology Focus
  • Linguistic Theory with a Neuroscience Focus
  • Psycholinguistics and Communication Disorders with a Psychology Focus
  • Psycholinguistics and Communication Disorders with a Neuroscience Focus

The Bachelor of Science in Linguistics with a concentration in Psycholinguistics and Communication Disorders is the ideal BSc degree for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology.

Core courses

Your first year will include an introductory course that provides an overview of the main subfields of Linguistics and gives you a chance to gain some concrete experience with what Linguistics is all about. You will also take an introductory overview course of our sister discipline Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies.

In second year, you will expand on what you learned in your intro courses and start to gain some analytical and experimental skills in linguistic analysis and phonetics.

In third year, you will dive deeper into linguistic theory by exploring two of the main subfields of Linguistics in syntax and phonology.

Beyond these core courses, you will have the opportunity to take courses that relate to your specific interests and that contribute to completing the concentration of your choice.

Graduates of a Linguistics program often carry on their studies in graduate school or enter the workforce. Linguistics grads find careers in speech-language pathology, natural language processing, branding/advertising, second language learning technology, artificial intelligence, speech recognition, governmental language policy, forensic linguistics, translation/interpretation, lexicography and more.

Linguistics graduates are regularly hired at organizations such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Duolingo.

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