Study options

Career destinations

Graduates from the Department of Languages and Cultures can work in the following fields:

  • teaching
  • community and youth work
  • museum curator
  • journalist
  • tourism adviser
  • archivist
  • librarian
  • translator or interpreter
  • cultural diversity manager
  • editing and publishing
  • creative and professional writing
  • practising artist
  • arts administrator
  • community arts
  • art therapist
  • campaign or advocacy work
  • policy and research
  • oh, and they become scholars and academics, too.



Our department contributes the following areas of study to the Bachelor of Arts:

In addition to these areas of study, our department also hosts the Bachelor of Creative Arts, which provides students with an opportunity to undertake Visual Arts training.

You can study a language by:

You can also consolidate your language skills by entering a Study Abroad program.

Current students can enrol in a Diploma in Languages concurrently with most La Trobe undergraduate degrees.  Depending upon individual circumstances, students will have the opportunity to participate in exchange, 'in-country' studies or other self-funded short overseas programs, immersing themselves in the culture and language and potentially reducing the time needed for completion of the award.

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An Honours year is offered as a bridge between undergraduate and postgraduate study. It is one year of focused and intensive study in your chosen field, including an extended individual research project. It represents a gateway to higher degree study, either Masters or PhD, with high-achieving students becoming eligible for postgraduate scholarships.

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We supervise a range of Masters and PhD thesis topics across a broad spectrum of topics in Classics and Ancient History, Creative Writing, English and Literary Studies, Linguistics, and the Visual Arts. We also supervise thesis topics founded in the study of the following languages: Auslan, Chinese, French, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Spanish. We are especially interested in hearing from prospective candidates who are interested in developing practice-based research projects. For further information, please contact Professor Marija Tabain (for Classics, Languages and Linguistics) and Tom Ford (for English and Creative Arts).

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