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Honours, MA and PhD programmes are open to speakers of all African languages (including isiXhosa) and this is seen as a growth node for the Department and for the University. The Department is promoting the use of indigenous languages at UWC. This need to promote multilingualism is in line with Section 6 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, which recognizes eleven official languages, including nine indigenous African Languages. It is also in line with the requirements of the Ministry of Higher Education’s call for multilingualism to be further entrenched at South African institutions of higher learning. There is a call not only to promote and improve the status of African Languages, but also to make use of them as media of instruction.

The following modules are offered for the Honours programme and students are to select three modules with Research Essay as the fourth and compulsory module:

  • Syntax
  • Phonology
  • Morphology
  • Translation studies
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Onomastics
  • Media and Performance Arts Studies
  • Modern Prose
  • Modern Poetry
  • Research Essay (Compulsory)
  • Method of Second Language Acquisition
  • Forensic Linguistics