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Start date
February
July

Campus
Magill

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
MBAA

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2018: AUD$ 25,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
081803E

Key features

  • The Bachelor of Arts enables you to pursue two areas of academic interest at the same time.
  • Learn from world-class educators and researchers1.
  • Study part of your degree overseas with the Hawke Ambassador International Volunteer Experience.
  • Use this degree as a pathway to further study.

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Snapshot

Snapshot

As a student studying the Linguistic major you will learn how language shapes human experience, how it works and how to use it effectively in a world of linguistic and cultural diversity.

You will:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of human language, and how languages and cultures shape communication, identities and learning in the contemporary world.
  • Explore the ways in which language is fundamental to human understanding, communication and culture.
  • Use your high-level linguistic, analytical, research and problem solving skills as global professionals in a world of linguistic and cultural diversity.

In addition, you will also have the opportunity to select another major from the following areas:

  • English and Creative Writing
  • History and Cultural Studies
  • Languages
  • Performing Arts
  • Sociology

Whichever combination of majors you choose it will give you unique skills and understanding that combines the two academic areas.

Studying a double major increases your employment prospects, and you will graduate with advanced writing, presentation, digital, communication, research and problem solving skills that are transferable across a range of roles and are highly regarded by prospective employers. If you finish your degree with a credit or higher grade point average (GPA) you could also be eligible for the one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree.

Why Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics)

Why this Degree

This degree increases your employment prospects by enabling you to gain expertise in two different areas of interest. You will learn from world-class educators and researchers1 in linguistics and benefit from our state-of-the-art learning facilities.

Study part of your degree overseas with the Hawke Ambassador International Volunteer Experience.

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Real-world connections

As part of your linguistics major you will have an opportunity to do a six month exchange overseas at another university to further extend your linguistic profession and real-world connections.

The major has strong connection into a range of sectors.

Your career

Your knowledge of language structure and use, combined with strong analytical and research skills, can lead to further study or a career in such diverse fields as print and online publishing, public service and administration and, with additional qualifications, teaching, speech pathology, translating and interpreting, research and consultancy.

Or with additional qualifications you may choose to work in areas such as:

  • teaching
  • speech pathology
  • translating and interpreting
  • academia
  • research and consultancy

What others are saying

Lectures and tutorials are always engaging because the lecturers are passionate about the topics they teach. Not only did they teach me how to be successful academically, but they also shared an understanding of the importance and impact language has in professional settings.

Christopher Denton

Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics)

Christopher Denton

Christopher Denton

Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics)

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Under the guidance of world-class researchers1 you will embark on an in-depth study of the nature of language. You will focus on:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of human language, and how languages and cultures shape communication, identities and learning in the contemporary world.
  • Explore the ways in which fundamental to human understanding, communication and culture.
  • Use your high-level linguistic, analytical, research and problem solving skills as global professionals in a world of linguistic and cultural diversity.

This degree allows you to select two majors ensuring you graduate with a broad knowledge of two areas of interest. You can choose your second major from the following:

  • English and Creative Writing
  • History and Cultural Studies
  • Languages
  • Performing Arts
  • Sociology

You will also be required to complete two core courses, four courses from a selected list of minors (also from the above list), and two electives.

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Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect essays and other assignments, and they may also include:

  • critical analysis
  • presentations
  • reports
  • portfolios
  • case studies
  • reviews

There may also be essays and other assignments. 

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Ideas, Innovation and Communication COMM 1060 4.5 Note(s): 1
Introduction to Language and Communication LANG 1062 4.5
Second Major course 1 4.5 Note(s): 4
Minor 1 4.5 Note(s): 6
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Intercultural Communication LANG 1054 4.5 Note(s): 1
Language and Culture LANG 1056 4.5
Second Major course 2 4.5 Note(s): 4
Minor 2 4.5 Note(s): 6
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Language and the Media LANG 2040 4.5 Note(s): 2
OR
Language, Identity and Society LANG 2022 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Major course 3 4.5 Note(s): 4
Minor 3 4.5 Note(s): 6
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 5 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Multilingualism and 'super diversity' LANG 2041 4.5 Note(s): 3
OR
Language, Communication and the Professions LANG 2021 4.5 Note(s): 3
Second Major course 4 4.5 Note(s): 4
Minor 4 4.5 Note(s): 6
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 5 Rule(s): 2
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Language, Meaning and Discourse LANG 3041 4.5
Language and Power LANG 3039 4.5
Second Major course 5 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Major course 6 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Language Variation and Diversity LANG 3038 4.5
Language Acquisition LANG 3037 4.5
Second Major course 7 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Major course 8 4.5 Note(s): 4

I am a senior lecturer in Applied Linguistics, program director of the Bachelor of Arts, and member of the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures (RCLC).

My background is in philosophy and linguistics. My interests include how language matters as a form of expertise in professions and organisations, particularly in health settings. I’m involved in projects in psychiatry, mental health and aged care that aim to improve how language is used and understood at important times in people's lives.

Dr Jonathan Crichton

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Magill

Magill is a quick drive, cycle or bus trip from the city. On campus there are TV, radio and sound studios, social work studios, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory, a psychology clinic, a language lab, a journalism newsroom, a theatre, a gym and a swimming pool. It’s only a short walk to local shops. Explore Magill >

Your study spaces

As an arts student you will have access to:

  • our on-campus Multimedia Languages Lab, where you can connect in real-time with native speakers from around the world
  • The Hartley Playhouse – a 200-seat auditorium ideal for live performances
Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

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