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Faculty of Humanities and Education

Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature


BA in Linguistics

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About the Programme

Learn the science of language! 
Apply to do an exciting Bachelor of Arts degree with a major or minor in Linguistics at the Cave Hill Campus of The UWI in Barbados. 

What Will I Study?

You will discover: 
  • how we learn language, whether as children or adults 
  • how language varies based on our age, gender, social background and regional origin  
  • how linguists trace the history of language, especially in the Caribbean 
  • how we use the scientific method to study language objectively 
  • how language attitudes affect communities  

Facilities and Resources

 Enhance your learning experience by making full use of our: 
  • Fully equipped Language Laboratory  
  • Computerised Speech Laboratory for phonetic transcription 
  • Video Library in the Elizabeth Watson Audiovisual Unit
  • Allsopp Collection in the Richard & Jeannette Allsopp Centre for Caribbean Lexicography 
  • Writing Clinic in the Faculty of Humanities & Education


Our faculty does research across the discipline of Linguistics. We focus on Creole Linguistics and Applied Linguistics with a special interest in the languages and dialects of the Caribbean islands. 

Career Opportunities

If you want to: 
  • Teach or advance your career teaching English or foreign languages 
  • Teach English as a Second Language (ESL or TESOL) 
  • Become a translator or interpreter 
  • Write for many different audiences 
  • Become a speech therapist 
  • Be a professional linguist after doing our postgraduate programme 
Then this degree is for you!  

Why Study in Barbados

Come for a semester on Study Abroad or do a full degree in a multicultural learning environment.  Enjoy the beach, experience the culture and excel in your studies at one of the world’s leading institutions for Caribbean linguistics 
We welcome local, international and regional students. 

Additional Information

Courses are taught in the evening, from 4 pm onward, to accommodate anyone already working. 

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Undergraduate
  • Qualification: BA
  • Duration: 4 years part time, 3 years full time


Programme Details

12 courses approved by the Faculty of Humanities & Education must be taken.  
You will do courses in: 
  1. Descriptive Linguistics (Phonology, Syntax, Semantics) 
  1. Sociolinguistics 
  1. Applied Linguistics  
  1. Creole Linguistics  

We offer low tuition fees and several scholarships and financial aid are available. Choose a payment plan that fits your education budget. View Tuition Costs » 

Applications are accepted from November to February. However, expressions of interest are accepted ALL year. Visit the Admissions website to view Entry Requirements and to Apply Now ». 

Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature
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