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[The scheme will cease to admit 4-year-curriculum students in 2023-24, and cease to admit senior-year students in 2025-26.]


The Single Discipline Major Pathway

A BALT degree requires the accumulation of a minimum of 123 academic credits plus 3 training credits. Apart from 30 GUR credits in Table 1, students need to accumulate another 93 credits by completing

  1. 75 DSR credits plus 3 training credits listed in Tables 2 and 3, with at least 21 credits from level-4 subjects, and
  2. 18 elective credits from any academic departments of the University.

However, students have the option of completing all the remaining 18 credits from courses offered within the BALT programme including subjects listed in Tables 3, 4 and 5.

The Major and Minor Pathway

A BALT award with a Major in BALT and a Minor in a chosen area requires the accumulation of a minimum of 123 academic credits plus 3 training credits. In addition to the 30 GUR credits in Table 1, students need to accumulate another 93 credits by completing

  1. 75 DSR credits plus 3 training credits listed in Tables 2 and 3, with at least 21 credits from level-4 subjects, and
  2. 18 credits by completing six relevant subjects listed in Table 4 (Minor in Japanese) or Table 5 (Minor in Korean) or in any Minor programmes  offered by ANOTHER department at PolyU. Among the 18 minor credits, at least 9 credits should be from subjects at Level 3 or above. A maximum of 6 credits from GUR subjects can be counted toward the Minor with the approval from the Minor-offering department. Under normal circumstances, the GPA of Minor subjects will not factor in the calculation of Major GPA.

Please note that students choosing this option will have to apply for a Minor. If they do not wish to declare a Minor, they should consider taking free electives, thus becoming a Single Discipline Major student (see above section on Single Discipline Major Pathway).

The Double Majors Pathway (between BALT and BA in English and Applied Linguistics)

A Double Major in Linguistics and Translation and English and Applied Linguistics requires the accumulation of 168 relevant credits plus 3 training credits. In addition to the 30 GUR credits in Table 1, students need to complete

  1. 75 DSR credits plus 3 training credits listed in Tables 2 & 3, and
  2. 63 credits by completing at least 20 subjects (including all the compulsory subjects) offered by ENGL. Students who choose this academic pathway must earn 21 level-4 credits from BALT plus 21 level-4 credits from BAEAL. Double Major students will be exempted from taking WIE of the second Major.

Students are required to obtain an overall GPA of at least 1.70 for each of the 2 Majors, in order to satisfy the requirement for graduation with Double Majors.  They will not be allowed to graduate with one of the 2 majors.  The derivation of GPA for award classification for the First Major and Second Major (particularly on the counting subjects common to both Majors) will be decided by the Department offering the Major programme.  Students will be given two award parchments, one for each Major programme, which will be issued upon completion of both majors.  The honours classification of the two Major awards need not be identical.  

Secondary Major Details

The option of Secondary Major in AI and Data Analytics is available to the students of BA (Hons) in Linguistics and Translation.

Features
Students who pursue this pathway will complete 75 academic credits + 3 training credits for the Primary Major (BALT) and 36 credits for the Secondary Major (AIDA).  Certain credits including the Integrated Capstone Project can be double-counted between the Primary and Secondary Majors. The list of compulsory and elective subjects for the Primary Major (BALT) is almost the same as the existing programme BALT.  The only difference is in the capstone project: students will complete an integrated capstone project (involving both BALT and AIDA) instead of the BALT regular capstone.  The minimum credit requirement of BALT + AIDA is at least 132 credits.
BALT curriculum focuses on the analysis of linguistic structures (speech sounds, words, sentences, and discourses in both Chinese and English), language processing by humans, and multiple functions of language in society. The curriculum also includes computer programming, text processing, computational linguistics, and language data analytics. This creates a natural connection with the AIDA curriculum. By extending BALT students’ exposure to include a cluster of more specialized subjects on IT and big data analytics, they will be in a privileged position to apply linguistic and data analytics skills in an increasingly bilingual professional workplace, thus enhancing their employability.
An important learning outcome of BALT is to train the students with empirical data analysis tool and computational methods. In the digital era, linguistic and IT-mediated skill sets are evidently in great demand. BALT graduates can make meaningful contributions to various sectors in the society (e.g. business, marketing, journalism and media, education, healthcare, public services, academic research) by analyzing social sentiments, spotting emergent trends, generating predictions, and providing corpus-based insights to facilitate corporate and administrative decision-making.

Remarks
There is no professional accreditation for BALT+AIDA.

(a) Language and Communication Requirements (9 credits)

(b) Freshman Seminar (3 credits)
(c) Leadership and Intra-Personal Development (3 credits)
(d) Service-Learning Subject offered by CBS or other departments (3 credits)
(e) Cluster Areas Requirement (CAR)

  • Human nature, relations and development (3 credits)
  • Community, organization and globalization (3 credits)
  • History, culture and world views (3 credits)
  • Science, technology and environment (3 credits)

(f) China Studies Requirement (3 of the 12 CAR subjects)
Note: The student must complete one of the four subjects designated as China-related subjects as described in (e).
(g) Healthy Lifestyle (Non-credit bearing)

1 Pre-requisite subject: CBS3802

Note: ENGL2003 “English for Advanced Academic Writing” and CBS2904 “Academic and Technical Chinese Writing” are double-counting subjects for students who choose the double-major academic pathway, which means the credits earned can not only fulfill the BACBS major requirement, but can also fulfill the BAEAL major requirement.
Translation
Linguistics
Others
Elective Subjects in Speech Sciences Offered by BALSS(CBS)
Elective Subjects Offered by COMP
2 Pre-requisite subject: CBS3802
3 Pre-requisite subject: CBS1402
4 Pre-requisite subject: CBS2905
5 Pre-requisite subject: CBS2905 or CBS3403
6 Pre-requisite subject: CBS3947
7 Pre-requisite subject: CBS3949
8 Pre-requisite subject: CBS1902
9 Pre-requisite subject: COMP1011

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