As a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement, a student must have achieved at least a 'B' (3.0) overall grade point average to be awarded a graduate degree.

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 7665 Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology 
  • 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 5715 -- Morphology
  • LIN 6710 -- Psycholinguistics
  • 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 5320 -- Language and Societies
  • LIN 5715 -- Morphology
  • LIN 5760 -- American Dialects
  • LIN 5770 -- Sociolinguistics
  • LIN 6700 -- History of Arabic
  • 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: 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 5360 -- Normal Language Acquisition & Usage
  • LIN 5750 -- Theories of Second Language Acquisition
  • LIN 5760 -- American Dialects
  • LIN 5900 -- Culture, Language, and Cognition 
  • LIN 6710 -- Psycholinguistics
  • LIN 7010 -- Acoustics of Speech
  • LIN 7310 -- Seminar in French Linguistics
  • LIN 7320 -- Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics
  • ARB 5100-- Teaching of Arabic as a Foreign Language
  • FRE 5200 -- French Phonetics and Pronunciation
  • PSY 5100 -- Applied Statistics in Psychology (prerequisite: PSY 2030 or consent of the instructor)
  • 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 5320 -- Language and Societies
  • 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

Some Courses That Do Not Count

Courses that do not contribute to the completion of a Masters in Linguistics:

  • Courses below 5000 level -- considered to be of the undergraduate level, but if you feel it will be essential to your Masters degree, contact an MA Advisor.
  • LIN 5730 -- English Grammar

Our graduate advisor Prof. Ljiljana Progovac  has prepared this milestone guidelines for incoming, mid-point, and graduating MA students: MA Degree in Linguistics, September 2019 

 

MA Advisor: Dr. Ljiljana Progovac (progovac@wayne.edu)

New Student Coordinator: Dr. Natalia Rakhlin (natalia.rakhlin@wayne.edu)

 
Incoming MA students

1.      Our admissions requirements are listed on the Program website: http://clas.wayne.edu/Linguistics/Prospective-Students

2.      New MA students can only begin their studies in the Fall or Winter terms.

3.      MA Degree requirements are listed on the Program page: http://www.clas.wayne.edu/Linguistics/ma

4.      Inquire about current possibilities for financial aid

http://clas.wayne.edu/Linguistics/financial-assistance (may not be current)

 
Mid-point MA students

1.      Meet with MA Advisor in your first or second semester to discuss course selections and fill out and submit Plan of Work (PoW), no later than by the time twelve credits have been earned.

2.      Meet with MA Advisor to discuss essay topic selection. You should find a topic and an academic advisor in the semester prior to your graduation.

3.      If needed, meet with MA Advisor to submit Change in PoW forms, Change of Status forms, Request for Extension of Time forms, etc. Forms can be found on the “Current Students” page on the CLAS website: http://clas.wayne.edu/current-students#masters

 
Graduating MA students

1.      You need to apply for graduation at the beginning of the semester when you are graduating; if you do not graduate that semester, you have to reapply.

2.      Establish the timetable for MA essay with your academic advisor:

1.      First, work from a date for the defense. The defense date should be held no later than one week before the deadline CLAS has for paperwork submission.

2.      At least two weeks before the defense, students should receive suggestions for revision from their committee members.

3.      At least a month before the defense, students should send a full draft, approved by their primary academic advisor, to the all the committee members.

4.      In the months before that, from at least the beginning of the semester in which they are graduating, students work closely with their primary academic advisor on successive drafts of the essay. You need to negotiate this timeline with your academic advisor.

5.      You are responsible for communicating with all the members of your committee and for scheduling your defense date.

3.      After graduating, keep in touch and let us know what you are doing, so that we can include that information on our Alumni News page.

 ↑ back to top