- Certificate in Arts
- Diploma in Arts
- Diploma in Science
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Commerce
- Bachelor of Digital Screen with Honours
- Bachelor of Health Sciences
- Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability
- Bachelor of Sport Coaching
- Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership
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.
- 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.
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.
For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport Coaching, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:
- 75 points in 100 to 300-level LING courses, with at least 45 points above 100-level
If you are completing your Linguistics minor alongside a major in English Language, you may not credit to the minor any LING courses co-coded with ENLA courses that are being credited to the major.
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.
Some career pathways could include:
- Translation and interpreting
- Proofreading and editing
- Language teaching.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Linguistics.
Department of Linguistics and English Language
Phone +64 3 369 3377
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