Programs of study

Undergraduate program – Linguistics

Linguistics is a discipline that explores the structure of language, its role in human activity, and its relationship to the biological and psychological human organism. It is considered one of the humanities because it focuses on the relationship between human beings and language, but it is also an exact science because of its systematic explanation of the facts of language and its use of experimental methodology.

One of the great strengths of our program is to offer a training that is both rigorous and broad, and which leads not only to graduate study in the language sciences, but to a wide range of related fields, among which language teaching, speech-language pathology, audiology, cognitive science, speech and language technologies and information technology stand out in particular.

Graduate programs

Master's program

The University of Ottawa Linguistics Department is an advanced center of linguistic research, with faculty expertise in core areas as well as in interdisciplinary fields. In recent years, new department members have added to our strengths in long-established areas of specialization such as syntax, the linguistic study of French and variationist sociolinguistics, as well as expanding faculty expertise to include a variety of languages spoken around the world, computational modeling in phonology, field linguistics, experimental phonology and phonetics, semantics, historical linguistics, and state-of-the-art experimental techniques in psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics. Our Faculty maintain an active research profile, with a high rate of success in funded projects and thriving collaborations with other universities. We offer advanced training in all primary areas of linguistics and encourage our students to carry out experimental/quantitative research, providing access to research laboratories that include modern facilities for eye-tracking, ERP, reaction times, ultrasound, electropalatography, electroglottography and airflow, as well as a variety of corpora for sociolinguistic and historical linguistics analysis.

Doctoral program

The University of Ottawa Linguistics Department is an advanced center of linguistic research, with faculty expertise in core areas as well as in interdisciplinary fields. In recent years, new department members have added to our strengths in long-established areas of specialization such as syntax, the linguistic study of French and variationist sociolinguistics, as well as expanding faculty expertise to include a variety of languages spoken around the world, computational modeling in phonology, field linguistics, experimental phonology and phonetics, semantics, historical linguistics, and state-of-the-art experimental techniques in psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics. Our Faculty maintain an active research profile, with a high rate of success in funded projects and thriving collaborations with other universities. We offer advanced training in all primary areas of linguistics and encourage our students to carry out experimental/quantitative research, providing access to research laboratories that include modern facilities for eye-tracking, ERP, reaction times, ultrasound, electropalatography, electroglottography and airflow, as well as a variety of corpora for sociolinguistic and historical linguistics analysis.

Interdisciplinary program: collaborative PhD in Canadian studies

The Department of Linguistics plays an active role in the collaborative PhD program in Canadian Studies. The program offers students the opportunity to enrich their education in linguistics by including an interdisciplinary component in Canadian studies; in the end, students graduate with both a PhD in linguistics and a specialization in Canadian Studies.

One advantage for linguistics students in the program is the opportunity to take CDN 6910, an interdisciplinary seminar that fits into departmental course requirements and does not add to the number of required courses for the PhD in Linguistics.

To be admitted to the collaborative Canadian Studies program, students must first be admitted to the PhD in linguistics and be registered in at least one graduate course in linguistics with Canadian content.

For more information about the Interdisciplinary program.