•  On successful completion of the course, one will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to:
    • assess the place of language within systems and processes of communication generally;
    • describe particular usages of language, for example at the levels of pronunciation, lexicogrammar, discourse structure and functioning;
    • appreciate relationships between language forms and the social and cultural contexts where they are used;
    • analyse the specific demands and constraints of using language and communicating within particular institutional and professional settings, such as the mass media, medicine, education (including language education), business and industry;
    • appreciate the shared elements of human communication processes and explore their diversity and their central relevance to contemporary social life;
    • analyse the communication practices that sustain and constitute social institutions such as the newspaper, TV and film industries and critically appraise their output;
    • identify generic categories within types of media communication and understand their constitution as cultural products.
  • Five (5) ‘O’ level passes including English and an African language
  • ‘A’ level passes including an African language/ English Literature
  •  A Diploma in Education majoring in an African Language/ English.

4 years Conventional and Block Release.

  • Language and Communication graduates can be found in a variety of occupations which require a good grounding in these areas, in conjunction with some applied and vocational specialism such as speech writer, journalist, community affairs liaison, lobbyist, recruiter, personnel director and public relations specialist, counselling, all aspects of writing(commercial, technical, journalistic, and so on), work in cross-cultural and multilingual settings, literacy or language education, publishing houses and research in social and applied aspects of language to mention a few.
    In addition to the above, there are many careers which require a more specifically linguistic training; Career possibilities associated with Linguistics are language teaching, translation, speech and language therapy, computing applications, research in descriptive or applied linguistics.
    Our whole life revolves around how we use language. This, therefore, necessitates the study of language. This equips the students with knowledge of how languages work, develop and how they are similar to one another with respect to sounds, words, meanings and structure. They also discover how language affects our thoughts, our interactions and our cultural identity. Language is a means for communication which therefore makes it necessary to study the two aspects conjointly. A qualification on this will therefore leave the candidate in a better position to research, use and apply language in whatever situation that may require such expertise.
Full Programme Structure

  • HSLA1104  Introduction to Human Communication
  • HSLA 1105  Computers and Information Literacy Skills
  • HSLA 1110  Culture and Counselling
  • HSLA 1111  HIV/AIDS and Culture
  • HSLA 1113  Introduction to Linguistics
  • HSLA 1114  African Philosophy and Worldview
  • HSLA1203 Introduction to Southern African Languages
  • HSLA 1204 Multilingualism and Language Contact in Post-Colonial Africa
  • HSLA 1206 African Languages and the Media
  • HSLA 1210 Introduction to Literature
  • HSLA 1211 Strategic Communication
  • HSLA 1212 Writing and Editing for all Media I
  • HSLA 1201 Peace and Leadership Studies
  • HSLA 2104 Research in Language and Communication
  • HSLA 2106 Intercultural Communication
  • HSLA 2107 Theories of Literature and Criticism
  • HSLA 2111 Arts Organisation and Management
  • HSLA 2112 Theories and Approaches to Communication
  • HSLA 2105 Language Planning and Policy
  • HSLA 2109 Translation Studies
  • HSLA 2131 Theatre and Performance
  • HSLA 2114 Applied drama and Theatre Studies
  • HSLA 2213 Development Support Communication
  • HSLA 2212 Law, Ethics and Communication
  • HSLA 2210 Current Issues in Literature
  • HSLA 2211 Dialectology
  • HSLA 2204 Language Change and Development
  • HSLA 2205 Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • HSLA 2206 Language Learning and Acquisition
  • HSLA 2214  Acting for Film and Television

HSLA 3000 Industrial Attachment

  • Student's Work Related Learning Report
  • Academic Supervisor's Assessment Report
  • Employer's Assessment Report
  • HSLA 4101 Sociolinguistics
  • HSLA 4113 Criticism and the Media I
  • HSLA 4114 Gender Issues in Literature
  • HSLA 4108 Arts and Cultural Industries
  • HSLA 4110 Writing for the Stage
  • HSLA 4115 African Languages and Development
  • HSLA 4201 Psycholinguistics
  • HSLA 4209 Criticism and the Media II
  • HSLA 4210 Writing and Editing for all Media II
  • HSLA 4208 Culture and Communication
  • HSLA 4205 Dissertation