Master of Arts in Linguistics

The Master of Arts degree is offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a Plan B master's option (a minimum of 30 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 relevant College governing graduate scholarship and degrees.

The Master of Arts program consists of a basic core of five general linguistics courses, some of which may be waived if the student has recently completed them as an undergraduate. Students may then select courses from the lists of elective courses: (a) language structure; (b) language variation and change; (c) language acquisition and processing; (d) sociolinguistics and discourse/pragmatics, (e) linguistics and a language. A master’s essay and an oral defense of the essay are required.
 
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.

Required Courses (each 3 Credits)

LIN 5290 Phonology
LIN 5300 Syntax
LIN 5700 Introduction to Linguistic Theory

In addition, all students must take (a) one course in language use and (b) one seminar. These two requirements may not be satisfied by the same course.

(a) The language use course involves either the analysis of speech data acquired in fieldwork or theories that address language use. All of the following appropriate courses are 3 credits:

LIN 5210 Arabic Sociolinguistics
LIN 5320 Language and Societies
LIN 5760 American Dialects
LIN 5770 Sociolinguistics
LIN 6710 Psycholinguistics
LIN 6720 Topics in Language: Field Methods
LIN 6720 Topics in Language: Pidgins and Creoles
LIN 6720 Topics in Language: Pragmatics
LIN 6720 Topics in Language: Language Variation
LIN 7720 Advanced Studies in Language Use
LIN 7770 Discourse Analysis

(b) The seminar requirement may be fulfilled by one of the following 3-credit courses:

LIN 7310 Seminar in French Linguistics
LIN 7320 Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics
LIN 7710 Advanced Studies in Linguistic Structure
LIN 7720 Advanced Studies in Language Use
LIN 7770 Discourse Analysis

Elective Courses

The remaining courses are electives chosen in consultation with an advisor. Each course is 3 credit hours. Courses may be chosen from any one or more of the following areas:

(a) Language Structure
LIN 5050 -- Advanced Symbolic Logic
LIN 5200 -- Modal Logic
LIN 5220 -- Introduction to Chinese Linguistics
LIN 5230 -- Structure of Arabic
LIN 5240 -- Grammar of Chinese
LIN 5570 -- Philosophy of Language
LIN 5730 -- English Grammar
LIN 6710 -- Psycholinguistics
LIN 6720 -- Topics in Language: Morphology
LIN 6720 -- Topics in Language: Semantics
LIN 6720 -- Topics in Language: Field Methods
LIN 6720 -- Topics in Language: Typology
LIN 7310 -- Seminar in French Linguistics
LIN 7320 -- Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics
LIN 7710 -- Advanced Studies in Linguistic Structure
FRE 6400 -- Introduction to French Linguistics
SPA 6400 -- Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

(b) Language Variation and Change
LIN 5100 -- Languages of Asia
LIN 5310 -- Language and Culture
LIN 5320 -- Language and Societies
LIN 5760 -- American Dialects
LIN 5770 -- Sociolinguistics
LIN 6720 -- Topics in Language: Historical Linguistics
LIN 6720 -- Topics in Language: History of English
LIN 6720 -- Topics in Language: Language Variation
LIN 6720 -- Topics in Language: Typology
LIN 6720 -- Topics in Language: Morphology
LIN 6720 -- Topics in Language: Field Methods
LIN 7300 -- Comparative Romance Linguistics
LIN 7310 -- Seminar in French Linguistics
LIN 7320 -- Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics
LIN 7720 -- Advanced Studies in Language Use
ITA 6400 -- History of the Italian Language
FRE 5500/7500 -- History of the French Language
SPA 7510 -- History of the Spanish Language

(c) Language Acquisition and Processing
LIN 5080 -- Phonetics
LIN 5310 -- Language and Culture
LIN 5360 -- Normal Language Acquisition & Usage
LIN 5750 -- Theories of Second Language Acquisition
LIN 5760 -- American Dialects
LIN 6710 -- Psycholinguistics
LIN 7010 -- Acoustics of Speech
LIN 7310 -- Seminar in French Linguistics
LIN 7320 -- Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics
FRE 5200 -- French Phonetics and Pronunciation
PSY 7080 -- Human Cognition
PSY 7440 -- Cognitive Development
PSY 8720 -- Seminar in Cognitive Processes
SLP 5300 -- Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology
SPA 5200 -- Spanish Phonetics

(d) Sociolinguistics and Discourse/Pragmatics
LIN 5210 -- Arabic Sociolinguistics
LIN 5310 -- Language and Culture
LIN 5320 -- Language and Societies
LIN 5730 -- English Grammar
LIN 5760 -- American Dialects
LIN 5770 -- Sociolinguistics
LIN 6720 -- Topics in Language: Pragmatics
LIN 6720 -- Topics in Language: Language Variation
LIN 6720 -- Topics in Language: Language & Gender
LIN 6720 -- Topics in Language: Historical Linguistics
LIN 7310 -- Seminar in French Linguistics
LIN 7320 -- Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics
LIN 7720 -- Advanced Studies in Language Use
LIN 7770 -- Discourse Analysis

(e) Linguistics and a Language
The student 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.

MA in Linguistics Assessment Report

 

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