Faculty of Arts
Language and Communication (only applicable for students admitted in 2020-21 and before)
Offered As: Major Minor
URL: https://english.hku.hk/Undergraduate/Curriculum/Language_and_Communication https://english.hku.hk/Undergraduate/Curriculum/Language_and_Communication
*Open to students of other Faculties: (For students admitted in 2020-21 and before) (For students admitted in 2020-21 and before)
Credits: 78 36
What is it about? Language and Communication is an interdisciplinary programme within the Faculty of Arts, which centres on the study and use of language in society in a multilingual, globalized world. It thereby focuses on both languages of global import, such as English, as well as those with local significance, and on how they are appropriated and positioned in multilingual, cosmopolitan contexts of Asia. The programme provides the theoretical foundations and applied contexts for understanding and addressing linguistic and social questions of language and communication. It equips students with the intellectual and practical tools to critically examine, intelligently reflect on, and competently participate in communicative situations, in real-world contexts, such as in the workplace as well as in more informal sites of multilingual communication. The Language and Communication programme takes particular pride in engaging in experiential learning, from internships and projects in courses involving fieldwork in Hong Kong, to initiatives such as overseas field trips.
Offering Faculty/ Department/ School/Institute School of English

Pre-requisite requirements and/or other conditions for declaring the major/minor Major: 6 credits of introductory LCOM courses from List A
Minor: 6 credits of introductory LCOM courses from List A

*List A can be found in the syllabus for the Bachelor of Arts.
Career opportunities The programme aims at honing transferable skills for a wide range of careers, including education, materials development, editing and publishing, public administration, public relations, marketing, the media, event organization, tourism, cultural affairs and global creative industries.
Further information https://english.hku.hk/Undergraduate/Curriculum/Language_and_Communication

Updates on May 24, 2021:

The Language and Communication major and minor syllabus below is only applicable to existing students admitted in 2020-21 or before.

New feature: For new students admitted to HKU in 2021-22 and thereafter, they are able to study English Studies, and declare optional specialization streams in the “Literature Stream” and/ or “Language and Communication Stream”. The following information will be included in the English Studies syllabus for 2021-22 and thereafter:
Major students who have successfully passed at least seven courses (three introductory courses and four advanced courses) with a literature OR language and communication focus, respectively, will be given a School of English certification, upon request, which attests to this specialization in the “Literature Stream” or “Language and Communication Stream.” If applicable, a dual recognition in both the “Literature Stream” and “Language and Communication Stream” is possible.

Please note that the declaration and certification of specialization stream(s) is optional and students can graduate with a major in English Studies without declaring any specialization stream(s).

Courses affiliated to specialization streams are listed on the School’s website.
Neither the transcript nor the graduation certificate will show the specialization stream(s). If applicable, students may approach the School for certification of their specialization stream(s).
Contact T: 3917 2755
E: tamix@hku.hk
* Note: Students pursuing curricula with major / minor programme(s) must complete at least one major programme from their home Faculties upon graduation. Disclaimer: The information mainly applies to students admitted in 2023-24 and thereafter. For students from different cohorts, the information is only for reference. Please check with Faculty/offering department for details. The pre-requisite requirements / conditions are subject to changes by Faculties from time to time, and students are advised to check with their Faculty Office in case of doubt.