Gain a broader understanding of different cultures, the literature of their area and the structure and functioning of languages through linguistics. With globalization progressing at a rapid speed, dealing with people from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds will become increasingly important, both in our professional and personal lives.

Quick facts
  • Three or four year degree
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

You will be combining two (or more) languages in conjunction with courses in linguistics and comparative literature. You will gain a broader understanding of different cultures, the literature of your chosen area and the structure and functioning of languages through linguistics. The primary language course options include French, German and Spanish.

A first-year schedule sample

This degree program is flexible and offers you the opportunity to take courses in many different subject areas. Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:

Course Description

Fall Term
FREN 106* Beginning French II
LIT 110* Journeys in Masterpieces of European Languages in English Translation
SPAN 114* Elementary Spanish I
CMPT 120* Digital Document Processing
LING 111 Structure of Language

Winter Term
SPAN 117* Elementary Spanish II
ENG 114* Literature and Composition Reading Culture
BIOL 121* The Diversity of Life
LING 112* Dynamics of Language
LIT 111* Rebellion in Masterpieces of European Languages in English Translation

* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

LING 243: Morphological Patterns in Language
Introduces articulatory phonetics, the structure and functioning of the vocal tract, the major classes of speech sounds and systems of phonetic notation. A brief discussion of acoustic and perceptual phonetics will be given. Recognition, production and notation of speech sounds and the preliminaries of phonological analysis will be emphasized.

FREN 272: Quebec Society and Culture
A study of the evolution of Quebec society (history, politics, religion, education, language, literature, song, women's and native rights, etc.) with emphasis on contemporary society.

LING 253.3: Aboriginal Languages of Canada
Linguistic structures and genetic relationships of indigenous languages of the Americas with focus on languages spoken in Canada. Language development is discussed comparing pre- and post colonization contexts. A central theme of the course will be the causes and consequences of language and culture loss on the individual and the societal level. The course addresses the role of speakers, educators, and linguists in language education, research, and revitalization.

Study and work abroad programs
In addition to local opportunities to celebrate French and francophone culture, students are encouraged to participate in any one of many study and work abroad programs, including Explore, the federally-funded five-week French Immersion program in Québec and other provinces.

Class size
Because class sizes are smaller than in other first year courses, and a second-language provides the ultimate level playing field, students become part of a close-knit community in the Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies Department. Not only do the professors know their students by name, but they are also able to offer personal interaction both in class and in the francophone community at large.

This program offers a great deal of flexibility through diverse course offerings of international, national and provincial importance.

All our French professors are involved in the Fransaskois community, and enhance their classes with trips to French movies, live theatre, musical events, variety shows, conferences and translation slams.


Some career opportunities include:

  • Community relations director
  • Foreign service officer
  • Government agency administrator
  • Lobbyist
  • Translator
  • Press liaison
  • Technical writer
  • Speech therapist
  • Editor
  • Author

Tuition estimates

Canadian students International students
Tuition $6,608 $18,040
Fees $947 $947
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $9,055 $20,487

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load, the maximum number of courses allowed (2019-2020 Canadian dollar rates).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

These Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Modern Languages degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:

You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year or three-year degree.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
January 2021
Dec 1, 2020
Documents due: Dec 15, 2020
Oct 1, 2020
Documents due: Oct 15, 2020
May 2021
Apr 1, 2021
Documents due: May 1, 2021
Feb 1, 2021
Documents due: Mar 1, 2021
July 2021
May 1, 2021
Documents due: Jun 1, 2021
Mar 1, 2021
Documents due: Apr 1, 2021
September 2021
Aug 15, 2021
Documents due: Aug 15, 2021
May 1, 2021
Documents due: Jun 1, 2021
January 2022
Dec 1, 2021
Documents due: Dec 15, 2021
Sep 1, 2021
Documents due: Oct 1, 2021

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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If you are looking for graduate level (Master or Ph.D.) programs please consult our graduate students' website.

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