In order to extend the educational offer at the Department of Linguistics, the Department of Linguistics is now proposing a new double-major B.A. programme in Language and Communication in a Multilingual Society, which will be taught exclusively in English. A program of this type is very innovative and does not exist in Croatia as such, but it is possible to find some similar and attractive programmes across Europe. As the range and complexity of communication between different cultures increases on a daily basis, the need for experts in analysing languages and multilingualism increases as well.
This degree course is aimed at educating students in the study and analysis of language and communication in contemporary, multilingual contexts, thereby focusing on workplace‑oriented and interdisciplinary applications of linguistic knowledge and research. This should open up new possibilities for employing students of languages in interdisciplinary fields of work, such as computer-based language technologies, professional communication in international contexts and language teaching, ensuring additional possibilities for students’ successful positioning on the labour market. The proposed programme aims to enrich the “traditional” philological studies, which are mostly oriented on acquiring proficiency in a single language.
Multilingual societies are becoming more and more the norm, especially in the European context. Most job opportunities at any level require the mastering of one or more languages to communicate with an employer, a colleague, or a costumer. Upon completion of the proposed study programme, students shall become language experts in today’s multilingual society, which is not only the sum of different monolingual groups of people. This innovative programme in English aims to enable students to become professional subjects in a multilingual society, capable of facing its many challenges and it offers courses on:
- language diversity
- intercultural communication
- language and IT
- language and society
- tools for language analysis
- language learning and teaching
- foreign languages
Graduates who complete the study programme shall acquire the academic title Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Linguistics. Employment possibilities for graduates are the following:
- Research: universities, research centres (after completing an M.A. and an optional PhD);
- Teaching and education: private language schools and institutes; in primary and secondary schools (after completing a respective MA and traineeship in a school);
- Language documentation and preservation: language centres, universities, research centres, minority associations;
- Publishing and editing: publishing houses and journals;
- Information technology (speech recognition, database or lexicon development): Commercial IT companies, universities, research institutes;
- Language policy (language planning, education and programmes on multilingualism/multiculturalism): government, European institutions.
Conditions of enrolment of the study programme (as reported on Postani student):