Broad Discipline of Language, Culture and Communication
Sept 2019 EntryProgramme code: JS3480
Duration and Credit Requirement
126 (including 3 training credits of Work-Integrated Education)
Dr Li Dechao
PhD, MA, BA
- Students admitted to the Broad Discipline complete a common Year One curriculum. They need to apply for their Major and start to study the corresponding content from Year Two onwards.
- We offer Humanities Undergraduate Scholarships to eligible international students (subject to annual renewal based on academic performance). Please visit https://www.polyu.edu.hk/FH/HumanitiesUndergraduateScholarship_201819.pdf for details.
Aims and Characteristics
Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes
The two Majors under the Broad Discipline of Language, Culture and Communication (BDLCC) aim to nurture students to acquire the following:
BA(Hons) in Chinese and Bilingual Studies (BACBS)
- Fluency in English, Mandarin Chinese and/or Cantonese as well as proficiency in written standard Chinese and English;
- A good knowledge of the theory and practice of corporate communication, and/or translation and interpreting, and/or linguistics and speech sciences;
- A good understanding of the nature of language/sign-mediated communication;
- A solid knowledge of the theory and practice of cross-cultural etiquette and interaction;
- Broadened outlooks with a good understanding of the major issues in the areas of communication, language and cultural studies; and
- A commitment to life-long learning for personal and professional development and the ability to work effectively with others as a team.
BA(Hons) in English Studies for the Professions (BAESP)
- A high level of professional communicative competence in English;
- A firm grounding in language studies that can be critically and creatively applied in a variety of business and management contexts;
- An awareness and understanding of intercultual communication in multilingual settings that enhances their global outlook and cultural appreciation;
- An ability to apply their strong communication skills to solving real-world problems effectively in local and global multilingual professional/business settings;
- A capability of exercising judgement and developing intellectual curiosity to work both independently and as part of a team;
- An awareness of the need for and a commitment to life-long learning; and
- The potential to become future leaders and entrepreneurs excelling in communication for professional purposes.
The Broad Discipline of Language, Culture and Communication (BDLCC) aims to provide students with a firm grounding and deep insight into language studies so that they can further develop themselves through the two Majors offered: the BA(Hons) in Chinese and Bilingual Studies (BACBS) [中文及雙語(榮譽)文學士學位] and BA(Hons) in English Studies for the Professions (BAESP) [專業英文(榮譽)文學士學位].
Distinctive characteristics of BDLCC:
- Students can have a taste of subjects offered by both Majors (BACBS and BAESP)# in the common Year One before applying to study in one of the Majors*, or a Double Major**.
- The curricula of both Majors allow students to take a Minor programme or free Electives.
# While the medium of instruction for the BDLCC common Year One and BAESP is English, and the media for BACBS are English and Chinese, students choosing BACBS as their Major are required to have good knowledge of Chinese. Non-Chinese speaking students are strongly recommended to seek academic counselling before applying for this Major in Year Two.
* Students can apply to enter either the Major or Double Major pathway in Year Two. Students with a GPA of 3.2 and above, and an average of grade B (i.e. grade point 3.0) in the following seven subjects, are guaranteed to be admitted to the Major of their choice.
Introduction to Bilingual Studies
Introduction to Language
Chinese for Language Professionals
Introduction to English Speaking Cultures
English for Effective Communication
Language in Social Contexts (subject to approval)
Freshman Seminar in Language, Culture and Communication
The indicative quota for the more popular Major will be set at 55%^ of the total intake number. In the event of oversubscription, priority will normally be given to students with higher GPAs. Students with an academic performance threshold of GPA 2.5 or below are required to undergo special academic consultation to determine their Majors. A small percentage of the total intake will be reserved for these students.
** A Double Major may require more than the normative study period of 4 years and extra credits on a self-financed basis (i.e. a higher tuition fee).
^subject to change
All students admitted through the Broad Discipline of Language, Culture and Communication (BDLCC) have to complete the common Year One curriculum. Students are required to apply for their Major of either BA(Hons) in Chinese and Bilingual Studies (BACBS) or BA(Hons) in English Studies for the Professions (BAESP), or a Double Major, by the end of Year One.
|Part I||General University Requirement (GUR)||30 credits|
|Part II||Discipline-specific Requirement for Major Study||75 credits + 3 training credits of Work-Integrated Education|
|Part III||Minor or Free Electives||18 credits|
|Total||123 credits + 3 training credits of Work-Integrated Education|
We offer various academic pathways to suit students’ needs.
- A Major and a Minor/Free Electives (123 credits + 3 Work-Integrated Education training credits)
Single Discipline Major (123 credits + 3 Work-Integrated Education training credits)
Double Major (156 credits + 3 Work-Integrated Education training credits)
Students can apply to study a Minor programme offered within or outside the Faculty of Humanities in Year Two. The Minor programmes offered by the Faculty include:
Faculty of Humanities
- Minor in Chinese Language and Culture (for International Students)
[Including Non-Chinese Speaking local students]
Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies
- Minor in Japanese
- Minor in Korean
- Minor in Translation and Bilingual Communication
Department of English
- Minor in English
- Minor in English Communication (for Science and Engineering Disciplines)
- Minor in European Studies
Department of Chinese Culture
- Minor in Chinese Culture
Recognition and Prospects
The BA(Hons) in English Studies for the Professions (BAESP) is recognized by the Education Bureau of Hong Kong and its Standing Committee on Language Education and Research as an English Language Major Degree Programme that meets the Hong Kong government’s Language Proficiency Requirement. Registered BDLCC students are eligible to apply for the Scholarship for Prospective English Teachers offered by the Education Bureau.
Over the years, the Faculty of Humanities (FH) has groomed many successful graduates to excel in various business and industrial sectors in Hong Kong. Graduates of FH contribute to various sectors, including:
- Administration and management
- Civil service
- Corporate communication/Public relations
- Corporate language training
- Cultural industry: Media and creative writing
- Editing and publishing
- Finance and accounting
- Hotel and tourism management
- Human resources
- Marketing communication
- Sales and marketing
- Teaching and research
- Translation and interpreting
Additional Documents Required
Scholarship Application Form
Required if you wish to apply for a Scholarship
Transcript / Certificate