Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBA(Lang)
CRICOS code037824K
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) Web address:


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students have a maximum of eight years to complete this course.
  • Students may select arts units from any campus, but should be aware of the teaching location as this may require travel to another campus. Students may also select units offered in off-campus mode.


This course allows students to complete a major in at least one language, with additional studies in relevant cultural disciplines and linguistics. Students can choose from one of three possible course progression models, allowing them the possibility of completing second majors in a second language, cultural studies or linguistics.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • understand and communicate in their chosen language at a variety of proficiency levels, depending on commencement level and demonstrate a critical understanding of the social and cultural aspects of the countries from which the language(s) come
  • analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge from a range of sources
  • apply critical understanding and analysis to the literature within the humanities, arts and social sciences
  • demonstrate an understanding of the present interpretations and potential future developments in the issues underlying the content of and approaches to the disciplines they have studied
  • apply critical understanding of personal and cultural understandings, ethical attitudes, and (where appropriate) the physical and aesthetic appreciations that underpin traditional liberal arts education
  • demonstrate advanced skills of written and oral presentation, argument and analysis
  • demonstrate the capacity to apply these studies in the changing circumstances of intellectual life and of the profession they are likely to inhabit
  • apply a critical awareness of international issues, good intercultural competence, and the ability to function effectively in international professional and social domains.


Students must complete a core unit, a major, a minor and elective studies in one of three models outlined below, with the restrictions that:

  • no more than 10 units (60 points) are to be completed at a first-year level
  • at least 36 points to be completed at third-year level.

Areas of study

Students complete major and minor studies selected from those below according to the option chosen at (a.) under 'Requirements':

For the specific requirements of arts majors and minors and information on other arts units refer to the Areas of studyAreas of study ( section in this Handbook.


Students must complete the following:

Core unit

  • ATS3816 The social context of language learning

Note: Students may count the core unit towards their required units in linguistics or most languages, in which case they complete an additional 6 points of elective units. Students should consult the area of study page for their language(s) for more details.

Model one

  • a deep major in one language (66 points) - a deep major consists of the standard 48-point major sequence in a language and further 18 points in units providing a socio-cultural context for the users of the language
  • a minor in linguistics (24 points)
  • a minor in a second language or in international studies (24 points)
  • an additional 24 points of elective units

Model two

  • a major in one language (48 points)
  • a major in a second language (48 points)
  • a minor in linguistics (24 points)
  • an additional 18 points of elective units

Model three

  • a major in one language (48 points)
  • a major in linguistics (48 points)
  • a minor in a second language or in international studies (24 points)
  • an additional 18 points of elective units

When selecting elective units, these can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( and indexes of unitsindexes of units ( in the current edition of the Handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; undergraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 1-3. Note: Some non-arts units may require permission from the owning faculty.


Bachelor of Arts (Languages)