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Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Linguistics

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
Duration:
3 years
Start date: 25-February-2019
Campus:
Hamilton Campus
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Summary

With a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Waikato you gain an internationally recognised degree, leading to diverse career opportunities. Our graduates are in demand for their flexible skills, practical outlook and depth of understanding they bring to their roles. A Waikato BA develops sector-specific analytical abilities and research experience, well-honed written and verbal communication skills, and a broad perspective on the world and its various cultures. You'll learn about human nature and the human mind as they are revealed by the arts, the languages, the politics, and the cultures of the past and the present. The effective communication skills developed while studying the Arts are valued as essential in the modern workplace.

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. Language is a tool we all use instinctively, without necessarily understanding its precise structure. By studying Linguistics, you'll gain an inner working knowledge of language design and organisation. You'll learn about different sounds, words and clause structures, and how they work in world languages. You'll explore different cultures and societies to see how linguistic behaviour changes by location, as well as in various situations. Your Linguistics studies will also give you a commanding understanding of the English language which can lead to careers in journalism, free-lance writing or academia.

Career Opportunities

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

Entry criteria

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

You can apply if you have international academic qualification equivalent to NCEA University Entrance. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more details, please visit university site.

Students must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. The University's English language entry requirements are:

  • IELTS (Academic) - 6.0 overall (no band less than 6.0)
  • iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 79-80 with a score of 20 in writing
  • Pearson PTE Academic - 57 with no less than 57 for each communicative skill
  • Waikato Pathways - Successful completion of Level 7 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English (CAAE) program.

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