Placed in the Social Sciences Block - II of Quaid-i-Azam University, this department is one of fewest if not the only one in the country for higher education (and research) on the subject Linguistics. Students are taught and guided to complete 60 credit hours in 20 courses (10 Core + 10 Optional) as standard criteria for Master's degree in Q. A. U. (see Courses page). In addition to primary courses mentioned above, a range of useful courses has been selected and defined with a focus to achieve international standards in modern linguistics. The department is also planning to introduce M. Phil and Ph. D level research programmes once these are approved through the process. The long awaited establishment of the Department of linguistics in QAU materialized with admission of the 1st batch of students to Master's degree programme in February 2011. The academic activities of the Department include lectures, discussions, assignments, presentations, projects, periodical seminars and research. The methods are perceived both to engender knowledge of the theories and concepts in linguistic and to enhance skills in application of this knowledge on the largest language resource of the region. A qualified linguist will be a best social scientist capable of serving as investigator, programmer, policy maker and teacher of Linguistics / English / any language in which he is proficient.