The Bachelor of Languages prepares you for the challenges of the increasingly multilingual and global life in the 21st Century. The degree combines a solid foundation in one or more languages with the study of linguistics (the science of language) and the societies and cultural practices associated with the chosen language(s) including their rich literatures. The following 17 language majors are available: Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian, Sanskrit, Spanish, Thai, Urdu and Vietnamese. Minors in Classical Chinese, French Studies, German Studies, Japanese linguistics, Pacific languages, Russian and Spanish studies are available. In addition, courses in other languages such as Burmese, Cantonese, Javanese, Loa, Portuguese, Tetum and Tibetan can be included. You may study for a semester or year in a country of your chosen language.
If you have experience in one of the languages in this degree you may sit a placement test to assess your eligibility for advancement to postbeginner language study.
Students can undertake an honours year. There are also many opportunities for postgraduate study including coursework and research.
Graduates may find work in diplomacy, trade, defence, translation, journalism, language analysis, language teaching, tourism, trade and many other fields.