Languages, Linguistics & Cultures

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

This course is designed for students who are seeking a high level of language and intercultural competency by developing effective communication and analytical skills. The programme takes a holistic approach to language by fostering linguistics, alongside literary and cultural approaches. Students can choose from Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Latin and Ancient Greek. Modules are available in Portuguese and Welsh.

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What Will I Study

You will focus on specific oral and written language skills and critical intercultural and interdisciplinary skills. The course enables you to explore modern and ancient languages and cultures. Learning activities critically explore communicative practices and you will engage with a variety of approaches to language including approaches based on literary, linguistic, historic and cultural studies. The course fosters a wide range of transferable skills, including active communications skills, academic writing, speaking and presentation skills, project work and critical analysis skills.

First Year

All students take an interdisciplinary module: Introduction to Languages, Linguistics and Cultures. They will also take three modules in the language of their choice, three modules in Linguistics and further modules in cultures and literatures. Students may also choose modules from within a second language.

Second Year

Students study their chosen language at intermediate level and continue with their studies in linguistics. They will also study culture and literature.

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Third Year

You will choose from a range of options that will enable you to broaden your horizons and enrich your academic experience:

  • Apply for a competitive internship in an area that interests you and/or relates to your area of study.
  • Study abroad for a trimester/year to develop your language skills and immerse yourself in a new culture.
  • Deepen your knowledge by studying a range of modules in Languages, Linguistics, Cultures, Information and Communication, and by taking dedicated modules to develop practical skills and help you plan your future professional career.

Fourth Year

Students will study advanced modules in their chose language and in linguistics. They will also choose from a range of in-course options in culture and literature.

International Study Opportunities

Study abroad opportunities across Europe and worldwide include;

  • Austria
  • Germany
  • France (including overseas regions)
  • Spain
  • Latin America (including Brazil)
  • Italy
  • Croatia
  • UK
  • North America
  • South Africa
  • Iceland
Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

This course prepares students for a variety of career paths, including: careers in education, media, translation, public service, cultural institutions, research, editing and publishing, and a wide range of private sector employment opportunities that require intercultural competences. With regard to the Irish language, one of the main aspects of this programme is to address the status of Irish as a modern working language in the European Union.

Graduates are eligible for taught masters courses in a variety of fields including Languages and Linguistics. In addition graduates are prepared for MLitt and PhD programmes.

Other Entry Routes

“Studying Languages, Linguistics & Cultures at UCD has offered me a wide and diverse range of modules. From Hispanic cultures and society to Italian dialects and texts, from translation to French poetry and drama; the course has been varied and engaging. I have thoroughly enjoyed the linguistic and cultural element of the Languages, Linguistics & Cultures course, which has given me a comprehensive approach to language learning. Next year, I will study abroad in Lyon as part of the Erasmus programme, where I will continue my studies of languages and linguistics. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in studying languages.”

Rebecca Duffy, Student

Contact Information

Dr Manu Braganca
UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics.
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 8302

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