Welcome to Linguistics & Language Studies!

A language dies about every two weeks. Make a positive change by taking on this threat to the world’s linguistic heritage. In our close-knit multicultural and multilingual community, you’ll examine the building blocks of languages, how they develop and change, how people learn them and the way regional accents differ. As you explore other fascinating language-based questions, you’ll find lots of opportunities to apply your knowledge both inside and outside the classroom. In small classes, you’ll have close contact with expert linguists and engage with a community passionate about languages. 

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Skills


  • Think critically about language to make insightful observations, formulate hypotheses and draw scientific conclusions  
  • Understand linguistic development and how language is used in current and past societies  
  • Learn about the similarities and differences among language groups and dialects  
  • Appreciate language’s complexity and structure at different levels, from sound to meaning 

Careers


As a Linguistics & Language Studies graduate, you are well-equipped to become a leader and changemaker. You can choose to pursue grad studies or obtain additional qualifications. Here are a few examples of possible career paths:  

  • Audiologist  
  • Interpreter and translator  
  • Speech-language pathologist  
  • Advertiser and marketer  
  • Language teacher  
  • Public policy analyst  
  • Journalist 
  • Editor 
  • Publisher 

Visit the Career Centre for more career options in Linguistics & Language Studies. 

Hands-On Experiences


Apply the concepts and theories you’re studying to real-world challenges. Engage in guided practical experiences in the classroom, workplace, community and abroad. These are some opportunities for Linguistics & Language Studies students. 

  • Focus on language endangerment 
  • Learn Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) through a video game  
  • Focus on Romance languages and linguistics 
  • Learn another language — 20 are taught between Glendon and Keele campuses 
  • Access to a host of campus resources, including the Centre for Research on Language Contact, the School of Translation, a French publishing house called Éditions du GREF, and computer-based language tools 

Admission Requirements


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent with an average* in the mid to high 70s  
  • Minimum of six 4U or 4M courses, including 4U English (ENG4U) or FRA4U  
  • A combination of U and M courses; OACs are accepted  
  • Proficiency in English OR French  

*Average is calculated based on the top six 4U; 4M or DU courses 

Check out the full requirements

Student Supports & Programs

Glendon Campus prides itself on being a supportive community that goes the extra mile to ensure you get the help you need. See some of the resources Linguistics & Language Studies students use the most. 

Meet Your Professors

You’ll learn from and get to know friendly, high-profile professors, who are leaders in diverse areas of linguistics research.  

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Bruce Connell

York Hall C221
416-736-2100 x 88168
bconnell@yorku.ca

Mary Catherine Davidson

Mary Catherine Davidson

York Hall C226
416-736-2100 x 88162
mcdavidson@glendon.yorku.ca

Jerzy Kowal

Jerzy Kowal

York Hall, 124
416-736-2100 x 88333
jkowal@glendon.yorku.ca

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Marcia Macaulay

lennox@yorku.ca

Laura Baxter

Ross Building, S580
416-736-2100 x 55016
labaxter@yorku.ca

Youri Zabbal

Ross Building, S555
416-736-2100 x 20302

Kevin Reynolds

Ross Building, S510
416-736-2100 x 30385
reynol15@yorku.ca

Shiv Upadhyay

Ross Building, S340
416-736-2100 x 55016
upadhyay@yorku.ca

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Get involved on campus and in the community to meet fellow students and boost your Glendon experience. 

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