Available at Newcastle campus (Callaghan) and online.
Fundamental to functioning in human society is our ability to communicate through language. In this fascinating major you will learn about language as a human communication system, focusing on the structure, acquisition and uses of language, and the variety of world languages.
Throughout your scientific study of language, you will have the opportunity to develop answers to a huge range of fascinating questions, such as:
- What is the role of language in establishing social identity?
- What is involved in the communication between individuals of different cultural backgrounds?
- What is the role of language in thinking?
- What is the role of language in learning/cognition?
WORKING WITH LINGUISTICS
Students who graduate with a major in linguistics can pursue exciting and rewarding careers in:
- education and research
- engineering and technology
- field linguistics
- interpreting and translating
- language policy
- teaching English to speakers of other languages.
For more detailed information on our expertise in the area of linguistics, see a list of discipline contacts in the School of Humanities and Social Science.
For more detailed information about the Bachelor of Arts, please refer to the handbook.
For more detailed information about the Bachelor of Social Science, please refer to the handbook.
Meet our student achievers who have studied a major in linguistics.
Graduate Achiever - Lana Takau
"I think life is too short to spend on things I don't like, if I can avoid them,'' says Linguistics PhD student Lana Takau, who is needless to say very much in her element.
"But after doing my MA [Master of Arts] at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, it became kind of clear to me that I would love to spend the rest of my life working on anything related to Vanuatu Linguistics!''