The linguistics major program gives students a thorough understanding of linguistic theory, analysis, and language structure.

As you progress through the program, you will build a foundation in advanced linguistic topics including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, along with their intersections with language acquisition, language variation and change, language documentation, and computational linguistics.


The major in linguistics requires 42 credits, with no more than 60 credits in linguistics and related areas, subject to the following requirements:

Language Requirement: The Department of Linguistics language requirement for a Major in Linguistics is different from the general language requirement of the Faculty of Arts. Students who satisfy the Faculty requirement by completing a Grade 12 course in a language other than English may satisfy the Linguistics Language Requirement either by taking an additional 6 credits in the same language or by taking 12 credits in a different language at UBC. The language courses taken toward the Linguistics Language Requirement do not count towards the 42 credit total required for the Linguistics Major.

In addition, students may satisfy the Linguistics Language Requirement by demonstrating competence in a language other than those listed under the Faculty of Arts Language Requirement. In such cases, the student should contact the Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Linguistics.

Required Courses:

  • LING 200 and 201
  • LING 300, 311, 313, 327 and 333
  • LING 447
  • An additional 18 credits of courses numbered 300 or higher (including possibly additional sections of LING 447). These must all be LING courses, except for a maximum of 6 credits which can be taken from senior-level courses in related areas. Courses from outside Linguistics must be approved by the Linguistics Undergraduate Advisor.

Recommended Lower-Level Courses:

  • LING 100*, 101*, 209, and 222 (*Note: LING 100 and 101 are not for credit toward an Honours, Major, or Minor in Linguistics.)

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