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.
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, 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.
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.
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