The Linguistics and Multilingual Studies curriculum allows students to explore the many interesting facets of language and communication, from the properties of speech sounds to grammatical and discourse structure, from children’s language development to communication in bilingual and multilingual societies.
The Philosophy curriculum allows students to explore, in a rigorous, systematic, and critical manner, fundamental problems about the nature of knowledge, reality, existence, mind, language, science, and morality, the curriculum includes a solid foundation in both eastern and western traditions of philosophy, and prepares students for the application of philosophy to the challenges of modern society.
Graduates of this double major programme will acquire valuable intellectual skills that will be transferable to a large number of careers. The Philosophy component of this programme will equip graduates with the ability to critically analyze complex concepts and arguments, the ability to argue logically and effectively, and the ability to express themselves clearly. They will also have a grounding in a diversity of intellectual traditions.
Graduates may go on to careers in areas such as public administration, education, healthcare, communication, marketing, advertising, publishing industry, journalism, education, language teaching, curriculum development, translation/interpreting, computer industry (especially machine translation, speech recognition and natural language processing), lexicography, language documentation, speech therapy, business, and management consulting. Graduates from this programme may also pursue academic interests at the MA and PhD levels.
To graduate, students must complete three (3) categories of requirement, totalling at least 138 Academic Units (AUs):
*Students who are eligible to do the FYP will be strongly encouraged to do an inter-major FYP. Students whose GPAs fall in a certain range can choose whether or not to do the FYP. Students who do not do the FYP must clear 8 AUs of PEs (two 4000-level courses, one from each discipline) within the double major.