About Program Admission Requirements

In the field of linguistics, we attempt to answer the following types of questions:

What is the relation between language and society?
Why and how does language change through time?
What is the relation between language and thought?
How do languages differ from one another?
How are all languages alike?
How do children learn language?
How do we understand and produce sentences?

Linguistics is concerned with discovering the organizing principles of human languages and applying these principles to the description of individual languages. Using systematic descriptions of language and language usage, linguists also investigate how language interacts with intellectual and cultural life. Linguistics has applications to teaching, speech-language pathology and the applied sciences of communication engineering and computer science.

York's focus is on sociolinguistics and as a result, the program can provide you with a social and cultural perspective on almost every aspect of the humanities and social sciences.

  • Take advantage of our smaller class sizes and get to know your professors.
  • Focus both on core aspects of linguistics (phonology, syntax, morphology, and semantics), as well as sociolinguistics, linguistic variation and change, discourse analysis, psycholinguistics, and language acquisition.
  • The Department offers more than 20 different courses a year which investigate the relation between language and society and between language and thought.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Humanities or Social Science General Education course
  • Natural Science General Education course
  • A course from outside the major or introductory language course

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • Educator
  • Speech/language pathologist or audiologist
  • Lawyer
  • Editor (e.g. dictionaries, periodicals, editorial, white papers etc.)
  • Language documentation specialist

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (GCE). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum combined total of 1170 on the Critical Reading and Math components or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.