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Our Courses

Our Department teaches courses in Linguistics, Religious Studies, ESL and Asian languages and cultures:

Linguistics, Religion and Culture, English as a Second Language, Arabic language, Chinese language and culture, Hindi language and culture, Japanese language and culture, Sanskrit language.

The Department

The Department of Linguistics and Religious Studies houses undergraduate and graduate programs in Linguistics and in Religion & Culture. It also offers courses in ESL (English as a Second Language), as well as in Asian languages and cultures.

Department faculty teach courses in Linguistics, English as a Second Language, Asian languages (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Sanskrit, and Hebrew), Asian Religions (Buddhism, Chinese and Japanese Religions, Hinduism, Islam), and the cultures of Asia (China, India, Japan, and the Islamic World). Christianity and Judaism courses are taught mostly by St. Thomas Moore College (STM)

The Department is dedicated  to teaching engaging courses with captivating content. Most of our instructors have been recipients or nominees for USSU and other teaching awards.





Linguistics is a dynamic fast-growing program. Four-year BA in Linguistics was evaluated as one of the best programs in the university according to an internal evaluation. Linguistics is one of the fastest growing programs on campus by the numbers of majors (70 majors in 2014-15). Close to 600 students take Linguistics courses a year.
Course offerings in Linguistics address scientific analysis of structures and functions of world languages, speech sciences, second language acquisition, language teaching methodologies and language and culture interactions. Linguistics courses are informative and entertaining, and the studies of Linguistics lead to real life careers. Linguistics program graduates pursue careers in speech and language pathology, audiology, language teaching, health sciences, child care, translation, interpreting, computational linguistics, and other areas.

Undergraduate Programs in Linguistics

The purpose of the programs is to produce specialists in language analysis who can work in a broad area of language-related careers in the workforce. The programs also aim to raise awareness of the unique value of all languages and cultures of Canada and to cultivate respect to the speakers of all world languages, whether major or minor, as well as to non-native as well as native speakers of all the languages of Canada.

There are three undergraduate degrees in Linguistics:

  • 3 year BA in Linguistics,
  • 4 year BA in Linguistics and
  • Honours BA in Linguistics.

Graduate Programs in Linguistics & Applied Linguistics

MA in Applied Linguistics (15 cu course work plus thesis). Admissions are open throughout the year. Students who have no scholarships from their home countries are invited to apply for Department scholarships.

MA TESOL (30 cu of coursework) -- the program is expected to start in September 2016)

Research in Linguistics

Faculty and graduate students in the Department pursue a variety of language and culture-related research topics.
Faculty research includes general and applied linguistics, empirical linguistics, corpus linguistics, language teaching and language acquisition, language and culture interactions, phonetics, language documentation, morphology, syntax, computational linguistics, and sociolinguistics.
Our recent research studies addressed language teaching methodologies, Computer Assisted Language Learning, corpus linguistics, maintenance of Ukrainian, Chinese and Russian languages in Canada, grammar of Inuktitut, the Russian language of Canadian Doukhobors, and German morphology.

Graduate and Honours students undertake analysis of national and minority languages and linguocultures of Saskatchewan and Canada. Recent topics dealt with extracurricular activities in university language classes, language attitudes of Ukrainian speakers in Saskatchewan, maintenance of Mandarin Chinese and Russian in the families of immigrants in Saskatchewan, Doukhobor language and culture, language attitudes and ethnic identity of Iranian immigrants in Saskatchewan, non-verbal communication in aquatic environments, discourse analysis of texts describing depression, language requirements of international students in Saskatchewan.



Religious Studies



The program provides undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to explore the world's cultures and beliefs. The course offerings demonstrate a breadth of perspectives, which range from focused explorations of particular cultural and religious traditions to topics of universal humanitarian values, such as leadership, non-violence and death. The aim of the program is to offer its students a breadth of perspectives that comes from studies of world cultures and religions while providing relevant methodological orientation for the academic study of religions and cultures. The department is also dedicated to developing a specialization in one religious or cultural tradition and impart basic language training that constitutes the foundation for graduate level work in the area of specialization for Honours students.
Offerings in the Department focusing on Asian religions and cultures are complemented by courses on Judaism and Christianity taught by St. Thomas Moore College.

Undergraduate Programs in Religion and Culture

The specific objective of the Religion and Culture B.A. program is to examine human experiences and the processes involved in the emergence, growth, sustenance or modification of religious ideas and institutions, as well as of cultural traditions and the impact of these traditions upon individuals and societies.

• Asian Religions in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
• Western Religions in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
• Interdisciplinary Perspectives in the Study of Religions and Cultures

Studies in Religion & Culture offers several different degree routes that include:

• B.A. Four-year
• B.A. Three-year
• B.A. Honours
• Double Honours
• Minor

Graduate Program in Religion and Culture

Students entering into graduate studies in Religion and Culture may opt for one of three areas of specialization:

• Western Religious Traditions,
• Eastern Religious Traditions or
• Religion in Interdisciplinary Perspectives.

Graduate degrees offered in the area of Religion and Culture includes:

• M.A. in Religion & Culture

Research Program

The research strengths are in the following research areas:

1. Culture, Tradition and Society
2. Asian Texts and Contexts
3. Jewish and Christian Origins and Contemporary Contexts
4. Doukhobor studies (a religious an ethnic minority of Russian origin)

The Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies

The Department published an internationally recognized academic journal. The Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies: An annual academic journal dedicated to analyzing the affinities and interactions between Indic and Judaic civilizations from ancient through contemporary times.



On March 18, 2017, Elina Ren place third at the 28th National Japanese speech Contest in the intermediate category in Vancouver.

The department is presenting the Canadian Language Museum exhibit:

Cree: The People's Language
Arts Building in front of the Neatby Timlin Theatre (Arts 241) 
March 13-March 18, 2017.

On March 4, 2017, Elina Ren and Braden Moser, two of our Japanese language students placed first in the Regional Japanese speech contest at the University of Alberta.

The other contestants were from seven different universities in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Elina and Braden are now invited to the National Speech Contest on March 18th in Vancouver.


Linguistics Movie Night:

We continue our movie night with the series Finding our Talk. It showcases the efforts of speakers, educators, and linguists to preserve and revitalize the indigenous languages and cultures of Canada.

Episode descriptions:
Free admission | All are welcome
Screening schedule:
Wed, Oct. 05, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Arts 241 Huron/Wendat, Innu, Cree
Wed, Oct. 19, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Arts 133 Saanich, Mohawk, Maliseet
Wed, Nov. 02, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Arts 241 Ojibwe, Naskapi, Gwichin
Wed, Nov. 16, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Arts 241 Secwepemc, Dakota, Dene
Wed, Nov. 30, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Arts 241 Oneida, Cree, Blackfoot

The Department is hosting the fourth Annual Prairie Workshop of Languages and Linguistics on March 18th 2017.

Check the workshop's website here.



Employment Opportunities
* All Job opportunities are posted to the College of Arts and Science webpage

Contact us

For issues related to the Department and undergraduate programs please contact 
Veronika Makarova

For issues related to graduate programs in Applied Linguistics and TESOL
please contact
Jesse Stewart
306 966-4183
Arts 916

For issues related to undergraduate Religious Studies
please contact
George Keyworth

For issues related to graduate program in Religion and Culture
please contact
Mary Ann Beavis


Office Coordinator
Amy Karakochuk
Arts 522


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