Linguistics and Language Studies examines the building blocks of languages, how they develop and change over time, how people learn languages, how regional accents differ, and other fascinating language-based questions. Linguistics principles can be applied to all languages; at Glendon we focus on English, French, and Spanish.

    • Our program offers a rich menu of linguistics branches, including phonetics (the sound properties of language), morphology (word patterns), semantics (the study of meaning in general), historical linguistics (the evolution of languages over time), and sociolinguistics (which deals with the relationships between language and social contexts).
    • Thanks to our bilingual campus and the growing presence of Spanish, you can apply your learning to three languages in an authentic context. Further, in the classroom we take a broad view of language learning across the world.
    • Our professors are leaders in diverse areas of linguistics research. For example, Christine Besnard is a front-runner in research concerning bilingualism among autistic children. William Greaves and James Benson recently published Functional Dimensions of Ape-Human Discourse, which asks the question “what do interactions between apes and humans mediated by language tell us?” In order to answer this question they explore language-in-context, drawing on a multi-leveled, multi-functional linguistics.
    • You can benefit from the extensive language resources available outside the classroom. The Glendon Centre for Research on Language Contact provides research assistantships and other opportunities for hands-on experience, and the Linguistics department frequently hosts talks and conferences featuring well-known scholars in the field.
    • Our new course Case Studies in Canada’s Aboriginal Languages includes work with the Ojibwa community of Toronto, as well as a weekend wilderness adventure using the Objiwa language.
    • Interested in studying a third language? There are almost 20 language options across the Glendon and Keele campuses.

Careers and Alumni

Linguistics graduate Naomi Knight is grateful for the doors Glendon opened for her. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Sydney in Australia. More ››

Linguistics and Language Studies can lead you to a career in speech language pathology, editing, publishing, language teaching, advertising, and more. Some students pursue a Master’s degree in speech pathology, while others go on to graduate studies in other specializations in linguistics.

Professor Ian Martin has helped the government of the newly created territory of Nunavut to develop its language policies in the area of education.


Alison graduated in 2014 with a degree in Linguistics with a minor in Hispanic Studies. After coming from high school with core French and starting Spanish in her 2nd year, Alison ended up taking classes in all three languages in her 4th year.

Alison reflects on what drew her to the linguistics program here ››

JasminIt was Jasmin’s professor in the UK that highly recommended Glendon’s linguistics program. She transferred here shortly after and is currently enjoying life in the big city.

Follow Jasmin as she continues to pursue her passion of learning about the inner workings of language ››

Program Highlights

Linguistics and Language Studies is available as a Bachelor of Arts, or a bilingual or trilingual international Bachelor of Arts.

Our bilingual campus and top-rate English, French and Spanish language programs are internationally recognized, making Glendon an ideal place to pursue a linguistics degree.

Consider combining your Linguistics degree with another Glendon program. There are surprising overlaps between fields to explore.

Glendon students have 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.


The Glendon Linguistics Club (GLC) is a student-run organization designed to help linguistics students make the most of their time at Glendon. They balance social events (movie nights and pizza lunches) with academic events (degree planning and homework help) to serve you as best as possible. They also offer a series of workshops for what might happen after graduation; these sessions feature Glendon graduates and give current students a chance to ask questions and learn about what they might be doing in the future – things like teaching, speech pathology or graduate work.

If you have questions, comments or ideas to share, contact them at or via Twitter: @GlendonLIN.

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Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) Codes
iBA Bilingual: YGX
iBA Trilingual: YGH (Upper-year entry)