In the Bachelor's Sign Language Linguistics, you will explore sign languages, their structure, acquisition and use from the perspective of a linguist, while learning at least one sign language yourself. The programme is taught in English.
In this programme you are introduced to the basic concepts of linguistics and how these can be applied to sign language linguistics, while learning Sign Language of the Netherlands (NGT). You will examine the key research traditions of linguistics as a whole and sign language linguistics in particular. Alongside the core programme, you will specialise by selecting a minor in one of your fields of interest. You can also decide to study abroad for a semester or do an internship.
The first year of the programme offers a broad, general overview of the entire discipline of Linguistics.
The second and third years of the programme build on the foundations laid in the first year, allowing you to specialise in the various aspects of sign language linguistics, while conducting your own linguistic experiments.
You can enrich your study programme by doing an internship. This will allow you to gain experience at an organisation working in the field of linguistics and gives you an impression of the job opportunities they offer.
Students in sign language linguistics have previously found internships at:
You can also opt to do a research-oriented internship with a teacher of the programme or another linguist at the UvA. This gives you an idea of what is like to be linguistics researcher.
Sign Language Linguistics is a three-year Bachelor’s degree of 180 ECTS credits. An academic year accounts for 60 credits that are spread across two semesters, with each comprising two 8-week blocks and a 4-week block.
As a Bachelor’s student, you are expected to spend an average of 42 hours a week on your studies.
Highly-motivated students may qualify to take part in a selective honours programme. This programme accounts for an additional 30 ECTS and will help familiarise you with various other aspects of academic research and prepare you for a subsequent Research Master's degree.
Visit the UvA Course catalogue for a detailed overview of the Sign Language Linguistics courses.
The quality of this programme has been positively accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that after successful completion of the programme you will receive a recognised Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and the title Bachelor of Arts (BA).