Linguistics, Major (0022)

  • Western Sydney University Major Code: 0022

Previous Code: M1119.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Programs:  Yes.  Check that your program has the available credit points required to complete the subjects in this field of study. Any requisite requirements must also be met. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

Language is fundamental to the human experience. Through study of how language works, students make contact with fundamental philosophical, socio-cultural, and psychological questions about what it means to be human. Linguistics prepares students with a foundation for many careers including primary and secondary teaching, policy analysis, communication, and social services in culturally diverse communities. Linguistics students also gain the analytical tools of empirical science including the ability to break complex problems into components with tractable solutions and to evaluate theories on the basis of empirical facts. These skills prepare students for success in post-graduate studies and careers in research, analytics, business and law.


Campus Mode Advice
Bankstown City Campus Internal

Major Structure

Students must complete 80 credit points as follows.

Complete the following compulsory subjects.

Subject Title Credit Points
LANG 3016Bilingualism and Biculturalism10
LANG 1014Introduction to Linguistics10
LANG 3071Second Language Acquisition10
LANG 2041Structure of Language10
LANG 1028The Sound of Language10
LANG 2034Meaning in Language10
Total Credit Points60

Students must also complete two subjects from the following pools.

Subject Title Credit Points
Select two of the following:20
Level 2 Subject Pool
Level 3 Subject Pool
Discourse Analysis
Historical Linguistics
Intercultural Communication
Psychology of Language
Discovering language: Everything you've ever wanted to know but never asked
Total Credit Points20

Equivalent subjects

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this major for students who passed any of these subjects in 2018 or earlier.

LANG 3008 - Applied Critical Methods, no longer offered
LANG 3046 - Intercultural Pragmatics, replaced by LANG 3045 Intercultural Communication
LANG 1013 Introduction to Interpreting 
LANG 1017 Introduction to Translation
LANG 3057 Languages and Grammatical Concepts 3A: Arabic 
LANG 3058 Languages and Grammatical Concepts 3A: Chinese 
LANG 3070 - Research Methods in Linguistics, replaced by LANG 3031 Discovering language: Everything you've ever wanted to know but never asked
LANG 3085 - Text and Discourse in English, replaced by LANG 3030 Discourse Analysis