Linguistics Undergraduate Certificate

Grasp the power of language

Linguistics, the scientific study of language, helps you understand people and societies.

Explore all aspects of language – how it’s formed, used and always changing.

No matter your career field, language skills are essential.

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Contact the Academic Advising and Transfer Center to declare a certificate in linguistics.


This certificate is jointly offered by the Department of English and the Department of Languages, Cultures and Religions. This certificate provides a strong foundation for students in linguistics. It additionally qualifies students for advanced professional and/or postgraduate training in various areas, including but not limited to programs in sociolinguistics, anthropology, corpus linguistics, computational linguistics, forensic linguistics, artificial intelligence, and/or machine-learning. The certificate also provides scope for engaging in services in language consultancy, translation and editing, preservation programs for endangered languages, and/or teaching.

This certificate is administered by the Department of English.

Admission requirement

Six hours in a second or foreign language.

Program requirements (12 hours)

  1. One course from: ANT 306(3), ANT 380(3)*, CSD 209(3), ENG 296(3), FRN 324(3), SPN 324(3).
  2. Two courses in linguistics and/or language acquisition: CSD 312(3), ENG 390(3), ENG 491(3)*, ENG 590(3), ENG 593(3), ENG 595(3), FRN 524(3), FRN 590(3), SPN 524(3), SPN 590(3), PSY 523(3).
  3. One course from: ANT 380(3)*, ENG 491(3)*, ENG 494(3), ENG 592(3).
    *ANT 380 and ENG 491 cannot double-count in number 1 and/or 2 and also in number 3.
  4. All candidates must satisfy the General University Certificate Requirements.

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