Bachelor of Languages and Linguistics (1810)

  • Approved Abbreviation: BLang&Ling
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1810
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 088188M

Handbook Summary 2015 - 2022

This program applies to students who commenced in 2015 or later.

The Bachelor of Languages and Linguistics is a three-year degree designed to develop students skills and expertise in languages, linguistics, inter-lingual and inter-cultural communication. The program consists of

  • a major in a language other than English (LOTE),
  • a major in Linguistics,
  • four Bachelor of Arts generic core subjects, and
  • 40 credit points of elective subjects (which may be used towards a minor in another language).

The Bachelor of Languages and Linguistics program equips graduates to use their language and linguistics skills in professional settings such as teaching, interpreting and translation, journalism, business or international relations. Employment opportunities may be found in the State and Commonwealth public service, overseas organisations, the media, business and industry, education and research.

Handbook Summary 2023

The Bachelor of Languages and Linguistics is a three-year degree designed to develop students' skills and expertise in languages, linguistics, inter-lingual and inter-cultural communication. The program consists of a linguistics core, a major in a language other than English (LOTE), and 80 credit points of flexible subjects (which may be used towards another major or minor in another language).

The Bachelor of Languages and Linguistics program equips graduates to use their language and linguistics skills in professional settings such as teaching, interpreting and translation, journalism, business or international relations. Employment opportunities may be found in the State and Commonwealth public service, overseas organisations, the media, business and industry, education and research.

Director of Academic Program 

  • Associate Professor Robert Mailhammer

Study Mode

Three years full-time or six years part-time.

Program Advice

Dr Xiangdong Liu

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Bankstown Campus Full Time Internal See above
Bankstown Campus Part Time Internal See above
Bankstown City Campus (from 2023) Full Time Internal See above
Bankstown City Campus (from 2023) Part Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Part Time Internal See above

Admission

Assumed knowledge: two units of HSC English.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International students currently completing an Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia, an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3 must apply via UAC International.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Program Structure 2019 - 2022

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points with no less than 60 credit points at Level 3.

Core Components

All students must enrol in and complete the 40 credit points of Year 1 Bachelor of Arts Core subjects.

Year 1 Core Subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
HUMN 1052Australian Politics and Active Citizenship10
HUMN 1053Diversity, Language and Culture10
LANG 1029Foundations of Academic English10
LANG 1030Thinking Critically About Texts and Society10
Total Credit Points40

Equivalent Core Subjects

The core subjects listed below count towards completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2019 or earlier.

HUMN 1002 - Analytical Reading and Writing, replaced by LANG 1029 Foundations of Academic English
HUMN 1005 - Australia and the World, replaced by HUMN 1052 Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
HUMN 1009 - Contemporary Society, replaced by HUMN 1053 Diversity, Language and Culture
LANG 1026 - Texts and Traditions, replaced by LANG 1030 Thinking Critically About Texts and Society

Students must also complete

  • The Linguistics Major
  • A language major (Arabic, Chinese, or Japanese)
  • 40 credit points of elective subjects, which may be used towards a minor in one of the languages above (other than the language selected as the major.)

Linquistic Major

LOTE majors

Note: Not all majors are available on all campuses.

Note: Some majors have inherent requirement. Please see the link below for details.

Inherent Requirements

Program Structure 2023

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points with no less than 60 credit points at Level 3.

Core components

All students must enrol in and complete 80 credit points of Core subjects.

Core subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
LANG 3016Bilingualism and Biculturalism10
LANG 3045Intercultural Communication10
LANG 1014Introduction to Linguistics10
LANG 2034Meaning in Language10
LANG 3071Second Language Acquisition10
LANG 3073Sociolinguistics10
LANG 2041Structure of Language10
LANG 1028The Sound of Language10
Total Credit Points80

Students must also complete

  • A language major (Arabic, Chinese, or Japanese)
  • 80 credit points of flexible subjects, which may be used towards a major or minor in one of the languages above (other than the language selected as the major)

LOTE Majors

Note: Not all majors are available on all campuses.

Note: Some majors have inherent requirements. Please see the link below for details.

Inherent Requirements

Recommended Sequence 2019 - 2022

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
HUMN 1052 Australian Politics and Active Citizenship 10
LANG 1029 Foundations of Academic English 10
Select LOTE Major subject 10
Select LOTE or Linguistics Major subject 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
HUMN 1053 Diversity, Language and Culture 10
Select LOTE Major subject 10
Select LOTE or Linguistics Major subject 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
LANG 1030 Thinking Critically About Texts and Society 10
Select LOTE Major subject 10
Select LOTE or Linguistics Major subject 10
Select Linguistics Major subject 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Select LOTE Major subject 10
Select LOTE or Linguistics Major subject 10
Select Linguistics Major subject 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
Select LOTE Major subject 10
Select LOTE or Linguistics Major subject 10
Select Linguistics Major subject 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Select LOTE Major subject 10
Select LOTE or Linguistics Major subject 10
Select Linguistics Major subject 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Minor elective spaces

Elective subjects may be used toward obtaining an additional approved minor (40 credit points).  Western Sydney University offers minors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Global Sustainability Minor 
Indigenous Australian Studies Minor

Western Sydney University also offers the following innovative transdisciplinary Challenge Minors which we encourage those students who have elective space to consider.

Equitable Technologies
Urban Evolution
Migration and Global Change  
Personal Innovation    
Innovating, Creating and Problem Solving 
Eco-Socially Conscious Design and Manufacturing
Water for Life 
Climate Justice
Creative and Visual Communication
Global Workplaces
Innovating For Humans 
Creative Living for Cultural Wellbeing  
Ideate.Strategise.Innovate.
Humanising Data

For more information, visit the Challenge Minor website.  

Search for majors and minors

Students can apply for an elective minor via Western Now.

WesternNow

Recommended Sequence 2023

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
LANG 1014 Introduction to Linguistics 10
LOTE Major subject 10
Two Flexible subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
LANG 1028 The Sound of Language 10
LOTE Major subject 10
Two Flexible subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
LANG 2041 Structure of Language 10
LANG 2034 Meaning in Language 10
Two LOTE Major subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
LANG 3045 Intercultural Communication 10
Two LOTE Major subjects 20
One Flexible subject 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
LANG 3016 Bilingualism and Biculturalism 10
LOTE Major subject 10
Two Flexible subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
LANG 3071 Second Language Acquisition 10
LANG 3073 Sociolinguistics 10
LOTE Major subject 10
Flexible subject 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Flexible spaces

Flexible subjects may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major or minor (80/40 credit points), including:

Search for other majors/minors

Western Sydney  University offers majors and minors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies

Sustainable Business

Students can apply for a flexible major or minor via MySR.

MyStudentRecords (MySR)