Double the disciplines, double the perspective

Dominique Louër

MA graduate | French Studies
MASc graduate | Psychology

Dominique posing with a poster of her research

Dominique Louër (MA ’19) had a lot to celebrate during fall 2020 convocation. She completed not one but two back-to-back master’s degrees in the Faculty of Arts. Louër earned her Master of Arts (MA) in French Studies, with a specialization linguistics in 2019, and this year she completed a Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Developmental and Communication Science in the Department of Psychology.

While it may seem unusual for a student to pursue graduate studies in two seemingly different disciplines like French and Psychology, there is a lot of overlap between the fields involving language research.

“Both of my degrees offered me a different perspective on bilingualism and language research in general,” says Louër. Her MA in French focused on phonetics, while her MASc in Psychology looked at psycholinguistics. “Together, the two degrees give me an interdisciplinary scope which will allow me to succeed in my future research,” she adds.

Louër’s pursuit of graduate education stemmed from her growing interest in linguistics. While researching graduate opportunities, Louër discovered French Studies professor Svetlana Kaminskaïa’s research on the dialects of French spoken in different regions within Canada. She grew increasingly curious about the scientific aspects of language.

Read the rest of her story in the full article.