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Program Requirements

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Students can select the 2.50 credits in the Linguistics core, 1.50 credits from Group 1 and 1.00 credits from Group 2. 

Note: Students preparing to apply to M. Sc. programs in Speech Pathology / Audiology should select courses in group 1 that will cover the necessary prerequisites.  


A minimum of 5.00 credits is required, including:

Linguistics Core (2.50 credits):

LING*1000    [0.50]    Introduction to Linguistics
LING*2400    [0.50]    Phonetics
LING*3010    [0.50]    Topics in Sociolinguistics
LING*3020    [0.50]    Linguistics and Technology
PSYC*1000  [0.50]    Introduction to Psychology

GROUP 1: Language, Cognition and Research Methods (1.50 credits):

ANTH*1150     [0.50]    Introduction to Anthropology
BIOM*2000     [0.50]    Concepts in Human Physiology
FREN*2500    [0.50]    French Translation I
NEUR*2000    [0.50]    Introduction to Neuroscience
PHIL*3250      [0.50]    Philosophy of Language  
PSYC*1010    [0.50]     Making Sense of Data in Psychological Research
PSYC*2450    [0.50]    Developmental Psychology
PSYC*2650    [0.50]    Cognitive Psychology
SPAN*3240     [0.50]    Topics in Hispanic Linguistics
SPAN*4500     [1.00]    Spanish Translation
STAT*2040     [0.50]    Statistics I

GROUP 2: Languages (1.00 credits):



All University of Guelph undergraduate can enrol in the Minor Program.
The interdisciplinary design of the minor offers multiple entry points (LING*1000 or several introductory language courses) so students have ample opportunity to consider a Minor in Linguistics.


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Linguistics and Technology: In LING*3020, students will learn how to use Computer Assisted Language Learning tools used in computational and corpus linguistics and apply this knowledge in capstone projects to create research proposals, to compile corpora from library and internet resources and to use online interfaces to query mega corpora.

Sociolinguistics: In LING*3010, students will become familiar with the research methods of the discipline and will learn to create and conduct sociolinguistic surveys and interviews to gather data, which will be analyzed using qualitative and quantitative methods. Examples of capstone projects might include surveys of attitudes and practices related to language and gender (like inclusive pronouns), language and identity, language discrimination, minority and indigenous language use, language policy, changes in language use according to age, social background, gender, educational level, place of residence, and discourse analysis.

Translation: In SPAN*4500, and FREN*2500 students will be introduced to the theory and practice of translation (Spanish to/from English) and (French to/from English) in various disciplines, and to computer-assisted tools used in this field. Capstone projects may involve a significant translation project. For example, past students have translated literature written by emerging writers from Spanish into English.


Through LING*3010, LING*3020, SPAN*4500, FRE*2500 and other language courses that include experiential learning components, in addition to course-specific activities, students may also be involved in projects conducted by target communities where they will be immersed in the target language. In courses that provide an EL component, activities have been designed to strengthen the student’s transferable skills, career competencies, and/or citizenship—all of which supports transition to the workforce.