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BAGerman and Spanish (Linguistic Studies)

University of Southampton
United Kingdom, Southampton
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Overview

Combining German with Spanish gives you the opportunity of studying two neighbouring European cultures and their hugely important languages. Studying Spanish and German at Southampton offers you real insights into the cultures and societies of the larger Spanish and German-speaking worlds, and sharpens your understanding of their commonalities and differences.

It is also possible to study either German or Spanish ab initio in our combined honours courses and with our accelerated language stages you will reach graduate-level language competence. Strong candidates with grade A in one language A level but no previous knowledge of the second language will be considered for accelerated undergraduate-level language courses.

In the BA German and Spanish (Linguistic Studies) degree, your language learning is complemented by modules in linguistics. Linguistics describes an approach to the study of language which involves detailed, principled (sometimes termed ‘scientific’) analysis. The scope of linguistics is broad and varied, accommodating many different facets of language structure, language use, language change, language acquisition, and language teaching. In linguistics modules you will have the opportunity to explore many of these subfields of linguistics, from the ‘nuts and bolts’ of language (such as the articulations of the mouth involved in speech, and the principles underlying the structure of sentences), to how its properties are acquired as a first language and as a second language; from how language varies according to its speakers, to the social contexts in which discourse is embedded.

In linguistics option modules on the BA German and Spanish (Linguistic Studies) degree course, you will study linguistics from a general perspective, examining concepts and theories that extend across the languages of the world. You will also study linguistics from the perspective of German and Spanish specifically, in modules such as “Introduction to German Linguistic Studies”, “Language and Society in the German-speaking World”, and “Language and the City”, “The Languages of the Spanish-Speaking World”, “Exploring Spanish Linguistics”, “Power and Discourse in Spanish-speaking Societies”, “Transatlantic Crossings: Linguistic Variation in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America”, and “Barrios and Borders: Language and Identity amongst US Latinos”.

Programme structure

For each language, you will be allocated to a stage of language proficiency in our unique system of seven language levels. This is designed to place you at the stage most appropriate to develop your spoken and written skills in German and Spanish, enabling you to make rapid progress in your chosen language. In all years of study you will benefit from our wide range of resources. You will use the excellent facilities in the Centre for Language Study and in our German and Spanish Resources Rooms, including extensive multimedia facilities and online resources.

In your first and second years, you will take a balanced range of modules in German and Spanish. You will take some linguistics modules specific to German and Spanish, but you will also be able to choose to pursue the areas of linguistics that interest you most in a range of modules that are not specific to the study of a particular language. These include introductions to the areas of psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, multilingualism, syntax, discourse analysis, and phonetics.

The third year is spent in a Spanish- or German-speaking country which offers you a unique opportunity to enhance your linguistic and cultural proficiency. You can spend your year abroad as an English language assistant in a school, studying at one of our partner universities or on a work placement. Most students of Spanish go to Spain, but many choose to spend a year in Latin America. Germany is the key destination for most students of German, however Austria and Switzerland are options also. Our current German-speaking partner universities are Potsdam, Hamburg, Freiburg, Bayreuth, Frankfurt, Marburg, Tuebingen, Siegen, Cologne and Vienna. Our current Spanish-speaking ERASMUS partners are Barcelona, Granada, Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Malaga, Castellón and Salamanca. We also have links with several Latin American Universities (including in Brazil, for students of Portuguese). Our Mexican Exchange Scheme is open to students of Spanish who wish to spend a year working as a Language Resources Assistant in a Mexican University Self-Access Centre. This is part of a special exchange between the Mexican Ministry of Education and the University of Southampton. While abroad you will also conduct an investigative project, supervised by a tutor at Southampton.

The final year also leaves you with a range of module options in German and Spanish, taking into full account that you may wish to specialise in an area that most suits your interests and combines well with what you have studied so far. You will be able to pursue your interests in linguistics to an advanced level, choosing from a range of modules that are closely related to the research expertise of current staff members. You will also have the opportunity to prepare a final year dissertation as a double module, under the guidance of an appropriate supervisor.

Career opportunities

Employability is embedded into course modules from the first year onwards, right from the first lecture. We carefully explain the skills taught and offer a number of optional employability modules.

Your specialist skills in intercultural communication, listening and language will be highly valued by employers.

A year abroad gives you the chance to achieve something away from education-centred activity, such as gaining relevant work experience to help form your future plans. With many employers now expecting extracurricular or voluntary experience, this can prove vital.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States