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Linguistics is the scientific study of language, including language structure, language variation, language change, the development of language and the psychology and biology of language. Memorial’s Department of Linguistics is the only in Atlantic Canada. The department maintains strong links between teaching and research, with emphasis on data-driven, theoretically informed inquiry into Indigenous languages, language variation and change, and language acquisition. Students are trained in linguistic scholarship through active engagement in primary research, supported by extensive in-house data archives, broad library holdings and state-of-the-art labs and analytical tools.

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To earn a Bachelor of Arts you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the following degree components: core requirements, major or honours program, minor or second major, and electives.

In your first 30 credit hours, take your first LING major courses, LING 1100 (or LING 2800) and one of LING 1103 and LING 1104.

Consult the University Calendar for program descriptions, degree regulations, course descriptions, important dates, and everything else academic. Work towards the completion of the core requirements for the BA. Record your progress in the degree tracker. 

Learn about declaring your program by visiting iDeclare or by emailing


In your next 30 to 60 credit hours, four LING courses from regulation 15.11.3 point 1.

Finalize the BA core requirements (CRW, LS, and QR). Declare your minor or double major. Consult departmental liaisons and the University Calendar, including the general undergraduate academic regulations and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences regulations. If you are looking for more academic credentials, consider applying for admission into an honours program.

As part of your 60 to 90 credit hours, take LING 3100, LING 3201 and one LING course from regulation 15.11.3 point 1. at the 4000 level.

Cross-check your degree advice with the University Calendar regulations, contact your department for information about honours program regulations/requirements, and seek a potential honours essay supervisor with similar research interests.


In your last 90 to 120 credit hours take three LING courses at the 4000 level from regulation 15.11.3 point 1.

Ensure your Breadth of Knowledge requirement for the BA core requirements has been fulfilled. Apply to graduate before the deadlines posted in your Memorial Self-Service account, under the Graduation menu options.

  • Request a final official degree audit after winter semester to ensure you are on track for graduation
  • Have questions about your official degree audit? Follow up with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Assistant Registrar at
  • Seek advice from instructors about graduate or professional schools
  • Consider grants for graduate or professional studies in the fall 
  • Be mindful of application deadlines for professional and graduate schools everywhere and apply early
  • Approach your instructors for academic references for future academic and professional endeavors
  • Check out MUNFLA - MUN Folklore and Linguistics Archives 
  • In September - if you have not had an audit within the last 3 semesters  request one now.  The audit will ensure you are on track for graduation
  • Finalize applications and academic references for professional or graduate school
  • Attend the Career and Graduate School Fair in the fall
  • Apply to graduate before the deadlines posted in the Graduation menu of your Self-service account.

Pondering your future career interest?

Learn about the career versatility of the BA through BA Professional: A Career Conversation Series. Watch episodes on demand to hear from Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences alumni on how to build a successful career.

Explore career interests related to your major(s). Seek opportunities to network in your community.

Prepare for life after graduation.


Check out Student Linguists at Memorial (SLAM) - the undergraduate and graduate student society for the Department of Linguistics at Memorial University to learn about department events and how to get involved.

Attend Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences events.

Seek opportunities to attend academic conferences through the department or through the Atlantic Provinces Linguistics Association and the Canadian Linguistics Association.

Think globally about your academic involvement through the Linguistics Society of America.


Consider Learning Abroad and develop a plan with the go abroad coordinator. 

Review your plan with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Meet with department advisor to ensure you are academically on track to study abroad
  • Know application deadlines and apply early

Prepare for departure with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Attend pre-departure orientation
  • Complete pre-departure checklist and reflection
  • Make the most of your travel experience and become an ambassador

Unpack your go abroad experience.

  • Attend go abroad debrief and participate in a reflection
  • Add international experience to your resume/CV
  • Seek more opportunities to work, volunteer and/or study abroad

Well-being is integral to long-term student success. At Memorial we offer resources designed to maintain your health and equilibrium, and promote academic success.

 If you're in Distress or Crisis reach out for help • Become aware of supports available through the MUN Safe app - it is your direct line to a safer Memorial University. If you need a doctor, go to Student Wellness and Counselling Centre • Health and Dental insurance is offered through MUNSU • Foster well-being through online and in-person supports • Open the conversation about sexual harassment • Be a money smart student - know your finances, if you are in need, emergency loans and the campus food bank are available • The Works offers scheduled fitness programs and workout facilities • Living on-campus? Check out residence life • Living off-campus? Check out the Off-Campus housing• Be safe with safedrive • Visit Wellness and Chaplaincy during exams Ÿ Still have questions? Checkout the wellness videos or talk to a counsellor. 

Catharyn Andersen is Memorial University’s special advisor to the president on Aboriginal affairs. The appointment is effective March 18 for a five-year term. Ms. Andersen comes to the position with significant experience working with the Nunatsiavut Government. She previously served in the roles of director and Inuktitut Language Program co-ordinator with the Torngâsok Cultural Centre in Nain, Labrador. In these roles, Ms. Andersen managed and developed the cultural arm of the Nunatsiavut Government, built support for and delivered cultural and heritage initiatives, advised the Nunatsiavut executive council on language, cultural and heritage issues, led the development and implementation of the Labrador Inuttitut Language Strategy and managed language programming for Northern Labrador.

Ms. Andersen has been involved with a variety of committees and groups relevant to Aboriginal issues. She is a member of the Labrador Inuttitut Training Program Committee and former chair of the Nunainguk Historical Society. Ms. Andersen has also been harbour operations officer with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. She holds a bachelor of arts in linguistics, a master of arts in linguistics and a master of business administration from Memorial University, as well as an international baccalaureate diploma from Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific in Victoria, B.C.

What would your undergraduate self think of your current job?

My undergraduate self would be happy I am where I am, maybe a little surprised that I’m in St. John’s and not in Labrador, but she would think that, overall, it sounds just about right.

What was your biggest challenge when arriving at university and how did you address this?

Housing was always the biggest challenge throughout university. Moving from Labrador to St. John’s meant that finding accommodations was challenging at the start of every academic year. These challenges were also different 20 years ago when there was no internet and it was more difficult to look for apartments and houses to rent in St. John’s while you were living in Labrador. Everything always worked out in the end, either by rooming with friends/fellow students from home or from university.

What resources did you use while at Memorial?

I used a number of resources at the university – the library, the clinic, student groups (eg. SOTA); I also availed of various MUCEP and SWASP jobs. However, the resource I used the most was the Native Liaison Office (now the Aboriginal Resource Office).

Did you ever meet with advisors, faculty or staff while a student?

Yes I did, but looking back on it, not as often as I probably should have.

How did your extracurricular activities (on and off campus) influence your success?

I didn’t take part in many traditional extracurricular activities, but having a network of fellow students and friends from Labrador was a huge support and helped in my success at university.

Was there an experience you had during your university years that influenced or put you on a path to your current career?

It’s hard to pinpoint one specific experience. I believe that where I am now is a result of many experiences over the years, but if I had to choose one, it would be a conversation with Dr. Marguerite Mackenzie in which she encouraged me to study linguistics and to think about the potential work that I could do with Inuttitut. I took her advice and that led me to my first job as Inuttitut Language Program Coordinator with the Torngâsok Cultural Centre. That, I believe, put me on the path to where I am today.

Did you participate in a study abroad program?

Yes, I took part in Memorial’s Russian summer program at the Russian Field School in St. Petersburg in the summer of 1998. It was a fantastic experience studying with fellow students in another country, gaining that firsthand experience of the history, culture and language that we were studying. I’ve always believed in exploring; if you have the opportunity to study abroad, seize it!

What advice do you have for undergraduate students?

Find balance but work hard.


Make sure that you are preparing for your future but do it in a way that you get to study things that genuinely interest you.

by Sophie St. Croix - BA ’09, Classics (Memorial), Juris Doctor 2013, Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie), currently an associate at Roebothan McKay Marshall (St. John's)