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BA - Linguistics as a major

If you’re fascinated by the history and creative activities of humankind and how this shapes societies and our future, then a Bachelor of Arts (BA) is for you. Our graduates are in demand for their flexible skills, practical outlook and depth of understanding they bring to their roles.

Linguistics is the scientific study of language and, given that language impinges on virtually everything we do, it is a broad and interesting subject. Linguistics at the University of Waikato is a top 250 QS-rated programme and will deepen your appreciation for language, as well as provide essential understandings relevant to any career where language is a key component.


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Key information

Years: 3
Points: 360
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $6,415 - $7,404 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $25,915 - $33,735 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Area of Study:
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Education Researcher
  • Journalist
  • Language Policy and Planning
  • Language School Management
  • Lexicography (Dictionary Writing)
  • Second Language Teaching
  • Speech Therapist
  • Writer

Degree Planner

Degree planner — BA in Linguistics

Year 1

Any 100 level
paper listed below

Field of the Degree
100 level

Field of the Degree
100 level

Field of the Degree
100 level

Elective

Elective

Year 2

Any 200 level
paper listed below

One from List B

Field of the Degree
200 level

Elective

Elective

Elective

  • Major
  • Compulsory
  • Elective

Papers (15 points unless specified otherwise)

100 Level
200 Level
  • LINGS203 Language, Society and Culture
  • PHILO204 Wisdom, Language and Communication
  • PSYCH203 Cognitive Psychology and Development
300 Level
This information is provisional and subject to change.

Linguistics is the scientific study of language in all its facets. Language is a fundamentally important aspect of human life, and impinges on virtually everything that we do. Thus, Linguistics is a study which shares interests with a very wide range of other disciplines, and usefully complements a variety of other subject areas, such as the language subjects, Philosophy, Education, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Psychology and Artificial Intelligence.

Linguistics is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc). Linguistics may also be taken as a second major or minor, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Linguistics as a single major for the BA and BSocSc, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Linguistics, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must include ARTSC105, LINGS201, any LINGS coded 200 level paper, LINGS301, LINGS302 and LINGS303.

To complete Linguistics as part of a double major for the BA, BSocSc or other undergraduate degrees, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Linguistics, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must include ARTSC105, LINGS201, any LINGS coded 200 level paper, LINGS302 and LINGS303.

To complete a minor in Linguistics, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Linguistics major, including at least 30 points above 100 level, including LINGS201.

Note: It is recommended that students intending to take Linguistics as a major or minor, include a language skills paper in a language other than their first language in their programme of study. Such a paper would not count as a Linguistics paper for the purpose of the degree regulations.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ARTSC105Language in Context15.022B (Online)
Language in Context is an essential paper for students of a broad range of disciplines where language and communication are a focus. Students are given the tools to examine how human language reflects our histories, our social selves, and our immediate physical contexts. We observe how language is used to reinvent and to reinforce ...
ENGLI100Telling the Story15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the deep stories which are at the core of the English literary tradition and the wider Western canon, with examples from the epic of Gilgamesh to Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
INTLC101International Languages and Cultures15.022B (Hamilton) & 22G (Online)
This paper introduces students to major world cultures and their languages in a comparative context. Students will gain a critical understanding of culture and diversity through examining the languages and cultures of China, France, Japan, Spain and Latin America.
WRITE100Writing for Academic Success15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Online), 22A (Tauranga), 22B (Hamilton), 22B (Online), 22B (Tauranga), 22JS (Hamilton) & 22JS (Tauranga)
The paper gives opportunities for undergraduate students to develop their academic literacy skills. It begins with general academic communication and research skills and then embeds academic literacy practice within disciplines of study.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
LINGS201Language Analysis15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper provides a detailed introduction to phonology and morphology. Students develop analytic skills and discuss theoretical issues related to language analysis.
LINGS203Language, Society and Culture15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper explores the relationship between language and culture, particularly in the context of changing Pacific cultures, and relates topics to the main themes of modern linguistics and anthropology.
LINGS204Language of Social Media15.022G (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the study of language in the genre of social media, using linguistics theory and concepts.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
LINGS301Research Apprenticeship15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with an opportunity to pursue an extended research project, in a sub-discipline of linguistics or anthropology (e.g. sociolinguistics, typology, documentation, anthropology), focusing on a heritage language/culture.
LINGS302Comparative Linguistics15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper concerns the study of linguistic diversity, with an emphasis on the morphosyntactic analysis of lesser-known languages. Current comparative/typological understandings are employed to examine properties and processes in language data.
LINGS303Sociolinguistics15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper teaches major methods and principles of sociolinguistic investigation, including the study of accents and dialects; language variation; relationship between language and education/gender/social class; and language attitudes.
LINGS304Applied Linguistics15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper provides an introduction to areas of research and professional practice in applied linguistics, including language acquisition, second language teaching, language planning, lexicography, translation, forensic linguistics and speech language therapy.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
LINGS800Linguistics MPhil Thesis120.022X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
LINGS900Linguistics PhD Thesis120.022I (Hamilton), 22J (Hamilton), 22K (Hamilton) & 22X (Hamilton)
No description available.

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Linguistics is available as a major for the BA and BSocSc. Linguistics may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

For more information about subject requirements please refer to the Catalogue of Papers for the most up to date information. If you have any questions and need more advice, please contact one of our friendly student advisors phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080 or email: [email protected]

Students wishing to take Linguistics as a major or as a supporting subject are strongly encouraged to include a language skills paper in a language other than their first language in their programme of study. Such a paper would not count as a Linguistics paper for the purposes of the degree regulations.


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