Linguistics (M.A.)

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. In addition, applicants to the linguistics program must have taken at least one year of a foreign language.

 

The master’s degree is offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a Plan B master’s option requiring a minimum of thirty credits in course work plus a three-credit essay. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
LIN 5290Phonology3
LIN 5300Syntax3
LIN 5700Introduction to Linguistic Theory3
Language-use Course 1,23
Select one of the following:
Arabic Sociolinguistics
Language and Societies
American Dialects
Sociolinguistics
Culture, Language and Cognition
Psycholinguistics
Topics in Language (Field Methods)
Topics in Language (Pidgins and Creoles)
Topics in Language (Pragmatics)
Topics in Language (Language Variations)
Advanced Studies in Language Use
Discourse Analysis
Seminar Course 13
Select one of the following:
Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics
Advanced Studies in Linguistic Structure
Advanced Studies in Language Use
Discourse Analysis
Elective Courses15
The remaining courses are electives chosen in consultation with an advisor. Courses may be chosen from any one or more of the areas listed on the next tab. (A maximum of twelve credits may be earned in LIN 6720).
LIN 7999Master's Essay Direction3
Total Credits33
1

The language-use and seminar course requirements may not be satisfied by the same course. 

2

The language use course involves either the analysis of speech data acquired in fieldwork or theories that address language use. 

Programs are planned in consultation with the linguistics program advisor. To be admitted to candidacy, a coherent Plan of Work, listing both completed and proposed courses, must be submitted to the College by the time twelve credits have been earned.

 
 

Elective Courses

Selected in consultation with an advisor, courses may be chosen from any one or more of the areas listed below. (A maximum of twelve credits may be earned in LIN 6720).

(a) Linguistics and a Language

Students may complete up to nine credits in advanced language skills or in the linguistics of the chosen language as part of their electives. These credits are to be selected in consultation with an advisor.

(b) Language Structure

LIN 5050Advanced Symbolic Logic4
LIN 5200Modal Logic4
LIN 5220Introduction to Chinese Linguistics3
LIN 5230Structure of Arabic3
LIN 5240Grammar of Chinese3
LIN 5570Philosophy of Language4
LIN 5715Morphology3
LIN 5745Semantics3
LIN 5730English Grammar3
LIN 5900Culture, Language and Cognition3
LIN 6710Psycholinguistics3
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Field Methods)3
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Typology)3
LIN 7320Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics3
LIN 7710Advanced Studies in Linguistic Structure3
FRE 6400Introduction to French Linguistics3
SPA 6400Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics3

(c) Language Variation and Change

LIN 5100Languages of Asia3
LIN 5320Language and Societies3
LIN 5715Morphology3
LIN 5760American Dialects3
LIN 5770Sociolinguistics3
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Historical Linguistics)3
LIN 6720Topics in Language (History of English)3
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Language Variation)3
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Typology)3
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Field Methods)3
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Language Evolution)3
LIN 7300Comparative Romance Linguistics3
LIN 7320Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics3
LIN 7720Advanced Studies in Language Use3
ITA 6400Languages of Italy3
SPA 7510History of the Spanish Language3

(d) Language Acquisition and Processing

LIN 5080Phonetics3
LIN 5360Normal Language Acquisition and Usage3
LIN 5750Theories of Second Language Acquisition3
LIN 5760American Dialects3
LIN 5900Culture, Language and Cognition3
LIN 6710Psycholinguistics3
LIN 7010Acoustics of Speech3
LIN 7320/SPA 8420Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics3
FRE 5200French Phonetics and Pronunciation3
PSY 7080Human Cognition3
PSY 7440Cognitive Development3
SLP 5300Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology3
SPA 5200Spanish Phonetics3

(e) Sociolinguistics and Discourse/Pragmatics

LIN 5210Arabic Sociolinguistics3
LIN 5320Language and Societies3
LIN 5760American Dialects3
LIN 5770Sociolinguistics3
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Pragmatics)3
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Language Variation)3
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Language and Gender)3
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Historical Linguistics)3
LIN 7320Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics3
LIN 7720Advanced Studies in Language Use3
LIN 7770Discourse Analysis3