• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Language Studies
  • Specialisation code LANG-HSPC

The Language Studies Honours Specialisation gives you high-level preparation for professional life or a higher degree by research through the development of an advanced knowledge of the research principles, methods and theoretical concepts of language studies, and through the design and implementation of a research project, typically a thesis of up to 20,000 words, that develops new understandings or that provides solutions to complex problems. 

Students undertaking honours in the following languages will take the Asia Pacific Studies Honours Specialisation: Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Sanskrit, Thai, Urdu, or Vietnamese.

Learning Outcomes

  1. pose a significant research question relating to language studies;
  2. investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, including through sophisticated use of appropriate theory and methodology as appropriate to language studies, and place these investigations in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition; and
  3. communicate their research and its findings through an appropriate medium.

Other Information


Linguistics: Rosey Billington - Rosey.Billington@anu.edu.au

French: Gemma King - Gemma.king@anu.edu.au

German: Katie Sutton - Katie.sutton@anu.edu.au

Italian: Katie Sutton - Katie.sutton@anu.edu.au

Spanish: Manuel Delicado Cantero - manuel.delicado@anu.edu.au

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Admission Requirements


A major or equivalent from the following list, with at least eight 2000- or 3000-level courses or equivalent:




A major or equivalent from the following list:

Ancient Greek





International Communication












A minor, specialisation or equivalent from the following list:

Advanced Ancient Greek

Advanced Arabic

Advanced Chinese Language

Advanced French Studies

Advanced German Studies

Advanced Hispanic Studies

Advanced Italian Studies

Advanced Japanese Language

Advanced Korean Language

Advanced Latin

Advanced Persian

Advanced Sanskrit Language

Advanced Spanish Studies

Literary Chinese


With the written approval of an identified supervisor for the thesis.

Cognate Disciplines



This Honours specialisation requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

24 units from the completion of the following course(s):

THES4105 - Thesis (24 units)

A maximum of 12 units from the completion of the following list:

LANG4002 - Topics in Advanced Language Studies 1 (6 units)

LANG4003 - Topics in Advanced Language Studies 2 (6 or 12 units)

LING4011 - Selected Topics in Theory and Analysis in Linguistics (12 units)

LING4012 - Selected Topics in Analysis of a Subsystem of Language (6 units)

LING4106 - Advanced Readings in Linguistics (6 or 12 units)

CLAS4008 - Readings in Classics (6 units)

ENGL4019 - Reading Context: Topics in Production and Reception of Texts (12 units)

12 - 24 units from the completion of the following:

CLAS4006 - Classics Methods and Evidence (12 units)

COMP4630 - Overview of Logic and Computation (6 units)

COMP4670 - Statistical Machine Learning (6 units)

COMP4650 - Document Analysis (6 units)

ENGL4020 - Researching and Writing the Thesis: A Workshop (6 units)

ENGL4021 - Creative Reading: Topics in Theory, Methodology and Interpretation (6 units)

HUMN4001 - Writing for the Research Process (6 units)

LANG4004 - Research Tools in Advanced Language Studies (12 units)

LING4009 - Selected Topics in Methodologies for Researching Language (12 units)

LING4010 - Selected Topics in Empirical Approaches to Linguistics (6 units)

LING4106 - Advanced Readings in Linguistics (6 or 12 units)

STAT4040 - Statistical Learning (6 units)

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