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Undergraduate subject


Mātai Wetereo

04 October 2023

Linguistics is an interdisciplinary field that bridges the sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities.





Linguistics is the analysis of languages — from structure and how and why languages change, to the way we learn language and our unique way of speaking.

By understanding how language is a part of everything we do, you can better understand how communication shapes our identity, relationships, and way of life.


What will my study involve?

  • Opportunity to learn from research conducted here at UC.
  • UC offers many language studies to complement Linguistics, such as Te Reo Māori, Chinese, Russian, and Japanese.
  • Study a minor in Linguistics within a range of bachelor’s degrees so you can add communication skills and knowledge to other subjects.



See also Computational Linguistics.

Linguistics major

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




Linguistics majors also need to include one 15-point course in a language other than English (or have equivalent language ability). This can be taken any year during the degree. You can choose from:

If you intend to go onto postgraduate studies you will need a B grade average in your Linguistics courses above 100-level.

Linguistics minor

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



Career opportunities

Because linguistics is a scientific field of study and involves other areas like history and culture, you gain an in-depth understanding of language, how the brain works, and the use of language in our world. You will learn skills like analysis, research, innovative thinking, problem-solving, and cross-cultural communication.

Career pathways could include:

  • translation and interpreting
  • marketing
  • proofreading and editing
  • language teaching.

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

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