The department offers two BA programs and one minor in Linguistics. Program requirements and course descriptions for all programs can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
The 60-credit BA Honours in Linguistics and 42-credit BA Major in Linguistics programs are varied and diverse, ranging from topics of a broad philosophical, sociological and historical nature to the minutely detailed analysis of specific data.
The programs endeavor to strengthen and refine students' intellectual skills through in-depth training in the writing of grammars and formulation of rules and by introducing them to the rich tradition of linguistic scholarship, encouraging their participation both in current theoretical controversies as well as in the critical examination and discussion of acknowledged masters of linguistic thought.
The Honours program in Linguistics in particular is designed to provide our students with a thorough foundation for graduate study. Areas of emphasis are accordingly the standard subfields of the discipline: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, typology, field work, etc. The interaction of theoretical courses, data-oriented courses and courses in historical and comparative linguistics (both Indo-European and non- Indo-European) forms a diverse and substantial foundation for the exceptional student who hopes to do graduate work in comparative Indo-European or in any other area of linguistics.
There is also a 24-credit Minor in Linguistics.