People and Society



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  • Academic Plan
  • Cognate
    People and Society
  • Responsible Academic Unit

    Contact Info
    • Name: Rebecca Doran
    • Email:
    • Phone: Please contact by email
    • Location: 210-11 Merrick
  • Recommended for
    This cognate is particularly recommended for language and literature students and for anyone whose career goals lie in areas where language use and interpretation play an essential role: law, politics, business, marketing, management, communications, teaching, or any area of the language industry (e.g. journalism and broadcasting, editing and publishing, translation and interpretation, second language teaching, etc.).
  • Required Courses
    Students must complete at least 3 courses for at least 9 credits.
  • Number of Groups: 1

Cognate Categories


This cognate introduces students to the analysis of language at all levels (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, discourse) from social, cultural, anthropological, cognitive, and educational perspectives. A variety of linguistics courses regularly offered by Modern Languages and Literatures, Anthropology, and Teaching & Learning comprise the cognate. The objective is to provide students with an analytical knowledge of language and lead them to apply this knowledge to concrete areas of practice: sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, translation studies, critical discourse analysis, textual interpretation, bilingualism, second language acquisition, and second language teaching and learning.

Option Groups

Complete 1 of the following option groups:

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