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As a linguistics student in the Faculty of Arts, you will learn about the analysis of speech sounds, the structure of words and sentences, the meanings they transmit, and differences and similarities between spoken and signed languages. The Department of Linguistics has many opportunities for you to explore, three of which are these areas of study:

  1. General (3-year) or Advanced Major (4-year): for students wanting to complete a Linguistics degree for reasons other than noted below.
  2. Clinical and Developmental Linguistics: for students planning to do a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology.
  3. ASL/English Interpretation (AEIP): this joint program with Red River College leads to a diploma in American Sign Language - English Interpretation and a Bachelor of Arts degree. See Red River College for more details.

Skills you will gain by studying LINGUISTICS

  • A knowledge of sound, the structure of words and sentences and their meanings
  • The ability to discern the way sounds change, words come and go and meanings shift
  • The ability to think and read critically and assess evidence to understand and develop innovative solutions to complex problems
  • The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing


This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university. Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

* Refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements.

Year 1 - 30 credit hours



Course requirements:
LING 1200

To do this year:

  1. Know the requirements for your degree. Meet with an academic advisor in the Faculty of Arts to help you plan your program.
  2. If you need academic support, visit the Academic Learning Centre for workshops or to meet with a learning skills instructor.


Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills.
  2. Research occupations that match your skills and interests.
  3. Set up a careerCONNECT account to view job postings and register for workshops and events.
  4. Register for the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official record of university-approved activities.


Link experiences to your career interests. Options include:

  1. Student groups including Arts Student Body Council, UMSU or a language club.
  2. Volunteer with Peers: Students Helping Students or the University of Manitoba Volunteer Program.
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-Study, STEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program.
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg and the Student Leadership Development Program.


Considering international opportunities? Attend International Week in February for information about opportunities around the world. Visit the Language Centre and consider taking a Travel Study course this summer.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with: Visit Migizii Agamik, the International Centre or learn about local agencies via the 211 Manitoba. Explore the Indigenous Languages of Manitoba’s Library to learn more about indigenous languages.


Year 2 - 60 credit hours



Course requirements:
Advanced: 12 credit hours from LING 2200, 2420, 2440, 2460 and 2640

General: At least 9 credit hours from core courses numbered at the 2000 level

To do this year:

  1. Should you follow a 3- or 4- year plan? Meet with an academic advisor and career consultant to map out your options.
  2. When choosing a minor, take courses (such as computer science) that will open opportunities.


Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals.
  2. Attend career fairs to connect with employers.
  3. Become a Student Affiliate with a professional organization such as the Canadian Linguistic Association or Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics.
  4. Develop professional connections with professors by applying for a research assistant position.

Market your skills: Develop your resumé and cover letter and refine your interview skills.


Explore student research opportunities: Apply for an Undergraduate Research Award.

Gain practical experience by volunteering: Check out Deaf Centre Manitoba, Language Partner Program, Reading Buddies or Toastmasters.

Find opportunities to market yourself: Become a Faculty of Arts Student Ambassador.

Review experiential requirements for graduate programs: You may be expected to volunteer or shadow a professional.


Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: Consider an international student exchange or Travel Study program or an international service-learning program, My World Abroad or SWAP for a "working holiday."

Staying local? Check out the World W.I.S.E. Ambassador Program, Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg or one of the local service-learning programs. Consider learning a new language and culture through the Volunteer Language Exchange Program or learn American Sign Language (ASL).


Year 3 - 90 credit hours


Course requirements:
Advanced: LING 3200, 3300 or 3400 and LING 3120 or 3140 plus additional courses as listed in the Academic Calendar

General: At least 6 credit hours from core courses numbered at the 3000 level

To do this year:

  1. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora (3-year option).
  2. AEIP students confirm graduation with both Red River College and the University of Manitoba.


Investigate your career options:

  1. Look at sample job postings to ensure you have the qualifications upon graduation.
  2. Develop employability and essential skills sought by employers.
  3. Explore supports available to entrepreneurs for business planning such as the Business Start Program.
  4. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals.

Consider continuing your studies: Check out the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Extended Education or professional programs at the U of M.


Continue or start research: Participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

Check out student job opportunities with: Winnipeg Public Library, social service agencies or become a Writing Tutor with the Academic Learning Centre.

Assess your resumé: Identify any gaps in experience and fill them through volunteering, work placements or internships such as the International Youth Internship Program.


Did you travel abroad? Become an exchange mentor for the International Student Mentorship Program, join the exchange student community at the University of Manitoba or write an article about your experience.

Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: Participate in the Intercultural Development and Leadership Program, volunteer for the International Student Mentorship Program,volunteer for the Children Rising Mentorship Program or take part in the Graduation Pow Wow.


Year 4 - 120 credit hours


Course requirements:
Refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements

To do this year:

  1. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora.


Start job search 9 months in advance: Contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to graduate school: Finalize your application materials and required tests. Use the awards database to search for funding and awards to help finance your continuing education. Contact your department to find out how their awards deadlines are advertised.



Ensure you have references in place: Update your references to include three (3) work references who will be expecting to be called. Ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation if you're applying for graduate school.

Search for job opportunities online: Check out Job Bank, Find My Job, Indeed or other search engines.

Use your networks and connections: Inquire about unadvertised job openings (the "hidden job market").


Prepare to work in a multicultural environment: Visit Canada's National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on campus. Get access to Lynda.com through the Winnipeg Public Library and take courses to develop you cross-cultural intelligence.


Sample Jobs



* ASL/English Interpretation Stream Only



What Do Employers Want?


Industries such as business, education and government would value a Linguistics degree in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. These include:*

  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Cultural competency
  • Numeracy and data use
  • Digital technology
  • Continuous learning

Attain skills through your classroom education by taking advantage of experiential education opportunities.

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.



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"Be your own advocate, get to know your professors, don’t be afraid to ask questions, and trust your instincts! It’s amazing how something that is so natural to most of us (language) is so incredibly complex and multi-faceted." Paraskevi Ginakes, linguistics student.

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