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Bachelor of Languages and Linguistic
Bachelor of Languages and Linguistic

Bachelor of Languages and Linguistic

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

Prerequisites: Any General or Applied English subject (Units 3&4, C)

English Requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0

  • OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL

  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)

  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)

  • OR a minimum overall score of 176 (no score less than 169) on C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English) or C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)

  • OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.

English test results must be no more than two years old.

Course Information

The ability to communicate in other languages and cultures will help you in almost any career you choose. When you study a language at Griffith, you will not just learn to speak and write the words, you will also study linguistics - the science, nature and function of language and how it is used in society. Understanding how languages are developed and used will help you gain a solid understanding of your chosen language.

You will apply your knowledge of linguistics and your chosen language in real world challenges including second language learning and teaching, intercultural communication, and effective use of digital technologies.

You will learn in small classes, where you will receive individual attention. Whether you are a total beginner or quite fluent, you will find courses to suit you. You will also be exposed to the cultural context of your chosen language with options to pursue study overseas through exchanges and study abroad programs.

You will complete a Linguistics major and a major in one of the following languages:

  • Chinese

  • French*

  • German*

  • Indonesian*

  • Japanese

  • Korean*

  • Modern Greek**

  • Russian*

  • Spanish.


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Years 1-3

The Linguistics major is compulsory for all students in this program.

The Language major is compulsory for all students in this program and must be completed in one language. Students must undertake a language major in a language in which they are not native speakers.

You must complete the following program structure for the Bachelor of Language and Linguistics degree program:

  • Communication: A Linguistic Approach - 1003LHS (see Note 1)

  • Language and Communication for Arts and Social Sciences - 5904LHS (see Note 1)

  • How to Learn Languages - 1012LHS

  • Linguistics Major

  • Language Major (see Note 2)

  • Listed electives

  • Minor (additional language)

  • Free-choice electives

Note 1: Students who are required to complete the English Language Enhancement course must complete 5904LHS in their first trimester of study. All other students must complete 1003LHS.

Note 2: In addition to the languages offered at Griffith University French, German, Indonesian, Korean and Russian can be undertaken by cross-institutional study at the University of Queensland via the Brisbane Universities Language Alliance. Modern Greek can be undertaken online by cross institutional study at Flinders University.

Free-choice electives

You may select free-choice electives from the list below or from the courses listed in the Minors or any Undergraduate free-choice elective/s offered across the University provided prerequisites are met. If you require guidance please liaise with your Program Director.

You must choose courses that are not credited elsewhere in the degree program (for example majors).

Students should ensure that they do not exceed the degree requirement of no more than 100 credit points of first year level courses.

  • Understanding the Social World - 1007LHS

  • Writing Short Fiction - 2036LHS

  • Australia and the World - 2101LHS

  • Sociology of Identity - 2143LHS

  • Popular Music, Culture and Identity - 3056LHS (offered online)

  • Gothic Afterlives - 2141LHS

  • Public Writing and Professional Practice - 2512LHS (offered in odd years)

  • Structures of (in)security - 2718LHS

  • Human Rights Journalism and Communication - 3507LHS

  • Media Campaigns and Strategies - 3518LHS (offered in odd years)

  • Popular Genres - 3723LHS

  • Media Law - 2513LHS

  • Advanced Project - 3060LHS

  • Sociology of Youth - 2026LHS

  • Aboriginal Political Histories - 2034LHS

  • The Body in History - 2054LHS

  • A History of Terrorism and Political Violence - 2055LHS

  • Writing Across Cultures - 2106LHS

  • Media, Politics and Public Opinion - 2509LHS (offered in even years)

  • Religious and Ideological Extremism - 2615LHS

  • Contemporary Aboriginal Issues - 3053LHS

  • War, Peace and Security: Humanity and History - 3145LHS

Listed electives

Students not electing to do a Minor (additional Language) must complete 40 credit points from the following course list, or from the Minor courses listed below. This 40 credit points must be completed using courses that are not credited elsewhere in the degree program (for example majors). Students should ensure that they do not exceed the degree requirement of no more than 100CP of first year level courses.

  • Communication and Culture - 1506LHS

  • Language, Culture and Society - 1402LHS

  • Japanese Society and Pop Culture - 2406LHS

  • Global Indigeneities - 2035LHS

  • Japan Study Tour - 2424LHS (see Note 1)

  • Discourse, Text and Power - 3203LHS

  • Independent Internship - 3200LHS (see Note 1)

Note 1: These courses are open only to students that have gained approval from the Course Convenor and Program Director.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

You will find employment opportunities throughout the world in education and teaching, translation and interpreting, tourism and hospitality, publishing and journalism, sales and marketing, advertising and public relations, international business, law, commerce, and the arts.

Students considering undertaking an initial teacher preparation program after completion of the Bachelor of Languages and Linguistics must contact the School of Education and Professional Studies to obtain a listing of courses approved for content teaching areas.

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OSHC: 609 ($) AUD per year

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