Bachelor of Arts (Languages)

Four years full-time (pass or honours) / Eight years part-time

Our Bachelor of Arts (Languages) degree is designed for worldly students who wish to link their humanities and social sciences studies with the core study of one or more foreign languages.

Some of our students have begun their language studies in secondary school or elsewhere, while others embark on a new language at beginners’ level within our language departments – both options are possible within our degree.

This four-year degree allows you to specialise in your primary language and take a second major in another language. Alternatively, you can choose your second major from other non-language subject areas.

A diverse selection of language majors are on offer, ranging from Indonesian, to Arabic, Greek, Korean and more.

A standout feature of this degree is the compulsory, subsidised in-country study component that enables you to spend one or two semesters studying at a designated university in the country of your primary language. Not only does this in-country study provide a valuable opportunity to enhance your linguistic fluency and cultural knowledge, once successfully completed is also credited towards your University of Sydney degree.

The linguistic and cultural competence acquired by undertaking a Bachelor of Arts (Languages) prepares you for further studies and/or work overseas, and offers you international career opportunities in the private and public sector, such as diplomacy and international trade.

Sample Progression Table

Bachelor of Arts (Languages) majoring in Chinese and Economics

TThis student undertook Chinese to a high-school level, so has started their languages studies at a more advanced level than those completely new to the language. They have also taken on a major in Economics, with the ultimate goal a career in economics while working in a Chinese context.

Year and
Semester
Units of Study Credit points
1st Year S1 CHNS2601
Senior Unit/Table A
 Chinese 2A
ECOP1001
Junior Unit/Table A
Economics as a Social Science
ECMT1010
Junior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Economic Statistics
ECON1001
Junior Unit/Table A
Introductory Microeconomics
24
S2 CHNS2602
Senior Unit/Table A
Chinese 2B
ECOP1003
Junior Unit/Table A
International Economy and Finance
ECMT1020
Junior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Econometrics
ECON1002
Junior Unit/Table A
Introductory Macroeconomics
24
2nd Year S1 CHNS3601
Senior Unit/Table A
Chinese 3A
CHNS2613
Senior Unit/Table A
Communication and Social Change in China
ECOS2901
Senior Unit/Table A
Intermediate Microeconomics Honours
ECOS2025
Senior Unit/Table A
East Asian Economies
24
S2 CHNS3602
Senior Unit/Table A
Chinese 3B
CHNS2614
Senior Unit/Table A
Understanding News About China
ECOS2902
Senior Unit/Table A
Intermediate Macroeconomics Honours
ECOS3006
Senior Unit/Table A
International Trade
24
3rd Year S1 CHNS3604
Senior Unit/Table A
Chinese 4B
CHNS3680
Senior Unit/Table A
Multilingualism in the Sinosphere
ECOS3010
Senior Unit/Table A
Monetary Economics
ECOS3012
Senior Unit/Table A Strategic Behaviour
24
S2 Exchange
Approved studies in Chinese language or Culture
Exchange
Approved studies in Economics
24
4th Year S1 CHNS4011
Chinese Studies Honours A
CHNS4012
Chinese Studies Honours B
24
S2 CHNS4013
Chinese Studies Honours C
CHNS4014
Chinese Studies Honours D
24
            196
        Chinese Studies major
Economics major
 
        Study while on Exchange
Breadth  

Sample Progression Table

Bachelor of Arts (Languages) majoring in French and German

This student has chosen to specialise in two European languages, French and German. They plan to go on Exchange to Switzerland in the second semester of their third year before returning to complete Honours in French.

Year and
Semester
Units of Study Credit points
1st Year S1 FRNC1601
Junior Unit/Table A
Junior French 1 Beginners
EUST1001
Junior Unit/Table A
European Identity in the 21st Century
PHIL1011
Junior Unit/Table A
Reality, Ethics and Beauty
GRMN1111
Junior Unit/Table A
Junior German 1
24
S2 FRNC1602
Junior Unit/Table A
Junior French 2 Beginners
HSTY1031
Junior Unit/Table A
Renaissance and Reformation (1498-1648)
ARHT1002
Junior Unit/Table A
Modern Times: Art and Film
GRMN1122
Junior Unit/Table A
Junior German 2
24
2nd Year S1 FRNC2603
Senior Unit/Table A
Senior French 1
FRNC2625
Senior Unit/Table A
Textes et Société 1: Identités en France
GRMN2631
Senior Unit/Table A
Reading Comprehension and Text Study
GRMN2611
Senior Unit/Table A
Senior German 1
24
S2 FRNC2604
Senior Unit/Table A
Senior French 2
FRNC2010
Senior Unit/Table A
Franco / Asian Encounters
GRMN2633
Senior Unit/Table A
Topics in German Film
GRMN2612
Senior Unit/Table A
Senior German 2
24
3rd Year S1 FRNC3605
Senior Unit/Table A
Senior French 3
FRNC2626
Senior Unit/Table A
Textes et Société 2: Theâtre
GRMN3611
Senior Unit/Table A
Contemporary German Fiction
GRMN2613
Senior Unit/Table A
Senior German 3
24
S2 Exchange
Approved studies in French Language and Culture
Exchange
Approved studies in German Language and Culture
24
4th Year S1 FRNC4011
French Honours A
FRNC4012
French Honours B
24
S2 FRNC4013
French Honours C
FRNC4014
French Honours D
24
            196
        French major
German major
 
        Study while on Exchange Breadth  

Sample Progression Table

Bachelor of Arts (Languages) with a major in Chinese Studies and second major in French and Francophile Studies

This student is majoring in Chinese Studies and French and Francophile Studies. They are completing their study abroad in Semester 1 of their third year, and have space in their degree to pursue additional interests in Government, Asian Studies and International and Comparative Literature.

Year and
Semester
Units of Study Credit points
1st Year S1 CHNS1101
Junior Unit/Table A
Chinese 1A (for Beginners)
FRNC1631
Junior Unit/Table A
Junior French 5
ASNS1601
Junior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Asian Cultures
GOVT1105
Junior Unit/Table A
 Geopolitics
24
S2 CHNS1102
Junior Unit/Table A
Chinese 1B (for Beginners)
FRNC1632
Junior Unit/Table A
Junior French 6 (Advanced)
ASNS1602
Junior Unit/Table A
Asia: Past, Present, Future
GOVT1202
Junior Unit/Table A
World Politics
24
2nd Year S1 CHNS2601
Senior Unit/Table A
Chinese 2A (Lower Intermediate)
CHNS2613
Senior Unit/Table A
Communication and Social Change in China
FRNC2631
Senior Unit/Table A
Senior French 7 (Advanced)
GOVT2991
Senior Unit/Table A
Political Analysis
24
S2 CHNS2602
Senior Unit/Table A
Chinese 2B (Lower Intermediate)
FRNC2632
Senior Unit/Table A
Senior French B (Advanced)
FRNC2628
Senior Unit/Table A
French Contemporary Text and Culture
GOVT2611
Senior Unit/Table A
Capitalism and Democracy in East Asia
24
3rd Year S1 Semester Abroad in France Semester Abroad in France Semester Abroad in France Semester Abroad in France 24
S2 CHNS3639
Senior Unit/Table A
Chinese Cinema
FRNC2689
Senior Unit/Table A
Le Polar a Paris
EUST2607
Senior Unit/Table A
Comparing Cultures: Europe and the East
ICLS2634 Literature and Revolution
Senior Unit/Table A
24
4th Year S1 CHNS3601
Senior Unit/Table A
Chinese 3A (Upper Intermediate)
ASNS3618
Senior Unit/Table A
Popular China
GOVT3988
Senior Unit/Table A
Globalisation, Governance and the State
FRNC3693
Senior Unit/Table A
Intellectual Movements since 1945
24
S2 CHNS3602
Senior Unit/Table A
Chinese 3B (Upper Intermediate)
ASNS3619
Senior Unit/Table A
China and Globalisation
FRNC3684
Senior Unit/Table A
Recits de vie: Life Writing in French

ICLS3631 Senior Unit/Table A
What is literature? Crosscultural Views
24
            196
        Chinese Studies major French and Francophile studies  
        Elective Semester Abroad  
 Compulsory major selection
Second major selection
Possible third major to be chosen from those already listed or from the following majors available in other faculties

SAMPLE DEGREE STRUCTURE

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 1 SEMESTER 2 -
SEMESTER ABROAD
Semester 1 Semester 2
LANGUAGE MAJOR JUNIOR UNIT LANGUAGE MAJOR JUNIOR UNIT LANGUAGE MAJOR SENIOR UNIT LANGUAGE MAJOR SENIOR UNIT LANGUAGE MAJOR SENIOR UNIT LANGUAGE MAJOR SENIOR UNIT TABLE A SENIOR UNIT TABLE A OR B
SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A JUNIOR UNIT TABLE A JUNIOR UNIT TABLE A JUNIOR/SENIOR UNIT LANGUAGE MAJOR SENIOR UNIT TABLE A JUNIOR/SENIOR UNIT LANGUAGE MAJOR SENIOR UNIT TABLE A SENIOR UNIT TABLE A OR B
SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
JUNIOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
JUNIOR UNIT
TABLE A JUNIOR/SENIOR OR TABLE B SENIOR UNIT TABLE A JUNIOR/SENIOR OR TABLE B SENIOR UNIT TABLE A OR B
SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A
MAJOR JUNIOR
PRE-REQ UNIT
TABLE A
MAJOR JUNIOR
PRE-REQ UNIT
TABLE A
MAJOR SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A
MAJOR SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A
MAJOR SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A
MAJOR SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A
MAJOR SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A
MAJOR SENIOR UNIT
24 CREDITS 24 CREDITS 24 CREDITS 24 CREDITS 24 CREDITS 24 CREDITS 24 CREDITS 24 CREDITS

Each box represents one 6 credit point unit of study. This diagram is a sample structure only, and is based on a standard full-time progression over 4 years.

Core units of study and semester offerings are subject to change.