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Approximately 25% of the world’s languages are spoken in the Pacific region, by less than 1% of the world’s population! Papua New Guinea has more languages than any other country in the world, while Vanuatu can boast the highest number of languages per person. USP is an exciting place to study linguistics, and the logical choice for Pacific linguistics.

Study Linguistics at the heart of the world’s most multilingual region

You can study Linguistics as part of an undergraduate degree in: 

  • Linguistics
  • Pacific Language Studies 
  • Literature and Language 
  • BAGCED/BEd with a teaching subject in Literature and Language

Linguistics courses are also available as electives to students in other programme.

At postgraduate level, you can pursue a:

  • Postgraduate diploma in Linguistics
  • Postgraduate diploma in Applied Linguistics & ELT
  • MA in Linguistics or Applied Linguistics
  • PhD in Linguistics

Linguistics graduates go on to work in fields that include language teaching, journalism, translation, editing, marketing, policy and planning, business, tourism, and research.

Courses in Linguistics

Courses in Linguistics


LN111    Introduction to language studies
LN118    The languages of the Pacific 
LN211    The structure of English
LN216    Language use in the 21st century Pacific
LN311    English in the Pacific
LN317    Applied linguistics
LN319    Selected topics in linguistics


AL400    Research methods (for linguistics)
LN411    Advanced language analysis
LN413    Sociolinguistics
LN416    Language acquisition and multilingualism
LN418    Integrating the four skills in English
LN419    Technologies, texts and techniques for English language teaching

BA Linguistics  
LN111, LN118, LN211, LN216, LN311, LN317, with LN319 as an elective

BA Pacific Language Studies 

Core courses: LN118, LN216, LN317
Plus one of the following Language tracks:

Fijian: FJ111, FJ121, FJ211, FJ221, FJ321
Hindi: HN111, HN121, HN211, HN221, HN321
French: LN111, FR101, FR201, FR301, FR302
Chinese: LN111, CN101, CN201, CN301, CN302
Cook Islands Maori: CM111, CM211, CM212, CM311, CM331
Languages of the region: Two from CM101, CN101, FJ101, FR101, HN101, plus three from a list of option courses

BA Literature and Language 
LN118, LN211, LN216, LN317 plus 4 Literature courses (please see the handbook for details) 

BAGCED / BEd with a teaching subject in Literature and Language
LN111, LN118, LN211, LN311 plus 4 Literature courses (please see the handbook for details)

Postgraduate diploma in Linguistics
AL400, LN411, LN413, LN416 

Postgraduate diploma in Applied Linguistics & ELT (See Frequently Asked Questions)
LN411, LN416, LN418, LN419

MA Linguistics 
EITHER: thesis only  
OR:     a supervised research project, plus two further 400-level courses, which may come from Pacific Studies, Applied Linguistics, or another appropriate discipline as approved by your supervisor

MA Applied Linguistics 
EITHER: thesis only (AL400 is a pre-requisite before starting this programme) 
OR:     a supervised research project, plus AL400 and LN413

Our Graduates

Our Graduates

Mereseini Tuivuniwai graduated in 2005 with a BA in Literature & Language and Management & Public Administration. She has since travelled the world working as Communications Officer at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.



Priestley Habru graduated in 2002 with a BA in Journalism and Literature & Language. He is currently the owner and editor of the Island Sun newspaper in the Solomon Islands.


Sheena Mala
graduated in 2010 with a BA in Literature/Language and Education. She now puts her degree into practice as a senior English teacher on her home island of Ambae, Vanuatu, where she is also studying towards a postgraduate diploma in Linguistics.


Wilfred Fimone was a gold medallist in Linguistics in 2014. He progressed straight onto a PG Diploma in Linguistics and is currently pursuing a Masters, focusing on his own language, Rotuman.




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