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There are currently no dedicated courses in ‘Language Sciences’ at UBC. One of the goals of the Language Sciences initiative is to develop a cross-disciplinary undergraduate course that will be open to students from all faculties.
The aim of this course would be to allow students to take what they are learning in their major field of study and consider (1) how language has made possible the development of that area of study and (2) how they can use a more advanced knowledge of language to guide their own work in that area.
Why does the Language Sciences initiative think this is important? Consider that it is largely through language that we have been able to achieve what it means to be human:
- establishing complex social and political networks
- recording our past and planning our future
- capturing and expanding our imaginations through poetry, narrative, and literature
- creating and sanctifying moral and ethical principles
- discovering, formalizing and applying the laws of the sciences
- establishing formal descriptive and classification systems of the world around us
- building advanced technologies
- developing, exapanding and examining our concepts
By giving students the opportunity to think deeply and broadly about the relation between language and themselves, the Language Sciences initiative believes that we will enhance their futures at work, in their families, and in their communities.
Current language sciences-related courses at UBC
For information on existing courses in areas related to the language sciences, please visit the websites listed on the Departments, Schools, and Programs page. Note that not all of these entities offer introductory courses; some, such as Audiology and Speech Sciences, offer courses for graduate students or upper-year undergraduates only.
If you are looking for introductory or general interest courses in the study of language, you might consider the following UBC courses, which require no pre-requisite knowledge in the area:
- Linguistics 100 (Introduction to Language and Linguistics)
- Linguistics 101 (Languages of The World)
- English/Linguistics 140 (Challenging Language Myths)
- Linguistics 200 (Linguistic Theory and Analysis I)
- Linguistics 201 (Linguistic Theory and Analysis 2)
- Linguistics 209 (Clinical Topics in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences)
- Linguistics 222 (Language Acquisition)
- First Nations and Endangered Languages 180 (Introduction to Endangered Language Documentation and Revitalization)
- Anthropology 170 (Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology; offered at UBC-Okanagan)