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Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics)

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  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

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Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics) structure

Possible First Year

You may know you have an interest in Linguistics but you are unsure about what courses might complement this interest or lead on to a second major, or minor. The following list provides possible choices for interests in Psychology, English, Education, Media Studies or Sociology to help with planning your first year of study. A usual full-time workload for first year is eight courses; four courses in Semester One, and four courses in Semester Two.

You should take:
230.110 Tūrangawaewae: Identity and Belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand
230.111 Tū Kupu: Writing and Inquiry
230.112 Tū Arohae: Critical Thinking
172.133 Introduction to Language Studies

Choose four electives from:
139.133 Creative Communication
139.139 Intro to English Studies
139.171 Intro to Literary and Cultural Studies
154.101 Intro to Media Studies
172.131 Language and Communication
175.101 Psychology as a Social Science
175.102 Psychology as a Natural Science
176.101 Intro to Sociology
176.102 NZ Society
176.104 Identity and Culture in NZ
275.102 Human Development

This is not an exhaustive list of options and you can search for courses in other interest areas via the course search webpage.


Linguistics Major requirements

A major in Linguistics consists of 135 credits (nine courses) including:

172.133 Introduction to Language Studies
172.234 Phonetics

You will start your studies with one or more of the 100-level Linguistic courses which provide a general background to language study and a base for more advanced courses to build on. At the advanced level you study specific themes and concentrate on specialised areas of linguistics.

Most of our courses are offered internally on all three campuses, and all of them are available by distance. Staff in linguistics are experts at using technology for designing and delivering distance courses that are just as engaging, effective and rewarding as face-to-face offerings.

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please check the regulations. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements (including information about prerequisites and availability), please use our Course search or click on the course numbers below.

Linguistics Minor requirements

A minor consists of 75 credits in Linguistics, including 15 credits at 300-level; 30 credits at 200 and/or 300-level, and 30 credits at any level from the Linguistics schedule (see below).


172.131 Language and Communication
172.133 Introduction to Language Studies
172.231 Linguistics for Speech Therapists
172.232 Language and Society in New Zealand
172.233 Language Learning Processes
172.234 Phonetics
172.235 Linguistic Analysis of the English Language
172.236 Forensic Linguistics
172.237 Language, Discourse and Power
172.239 Language and Culture
172.330 Sounds and Structures
172.333 Discourse and Institutions
172.335 Language and Identity
172.336 Languages of the Pacific
172.337 Historical and Comparative Linguistics 15 credits
172.338 Language and Mediated Communication in a Transcultural World

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