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Undergraduate subject

English Language

Reo Ingarihi

12 October 2023
English Language studies focuses on the structure, functions, and contexts of use of English.


English Language



Note: This subject is not open to new enrolments.

This subject explores the history of the English language. You will learn about the sound and grammatical systems of English, how English changes over time, geographical variations, and the social and cultural meaning behind our use of words and ways we learn to communicate.

English Language

What will my study involve?

  • Explore the structure, functions, and history of English language, with a focus on New Zealand English and the infamous Kiwi accent, Māori-English phrases, and the psychology behind how communication adapts in different settings.
  • Interdisciplinary field of study that bridges the sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities.
  • Study English Language as a minor in many bachelor’s degrees to develop your communication and social language skills on top of your other interests.

English Language


Note: This subject is not open to new enrolments.

English Language major

For the major in the Bachelor of Arts, complete the following courses:




You can also benefit from taking Linguistics courses, and/or from taking a course in another language other than English or your native language.

English Language minor

For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:


English Language

Career opportunities

This subject is a good foundation for any career which requires advanced communication skills and a detailed understanding of the English language, especially in international contexts.

Career pathways could include:

  • english language teaching
  • cultural or community support
  • editing or publishing
  • journalism.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in English Language.

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