Linguistics, Minor (0022)

  • Western Sydney University Minor Code: 0022

Previous Code: SM1119.1

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.


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Minor Structure

To complete a minor in Linguistics, students must complete 40 credit points from the subjects listed below.

Subject Title Credit Points
Core Subjects
Select at least two of the following:20
Bilingualism and Biculturalism
Introduction to Linguistics
Meaning in Language
Second Language Acquisition
Structure of Language
The Sound of Language
Select two subjects from the above list or from the pool subjects below: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 Points40

Equivalent Subjects

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this minor for students who passed subjects in the list below 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