Program Requirements

Graduate Standing: Classified

Classified graduate standing requires a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics or a related field from an accredited institution with at least 3.0 GPA in the major courses provided that a minimum of 24 units of upper-division coursework is included.

If the student holds a bachelor’s degree in a major other than linguistics, 24 units of upper-division coursework in linguistics with a minimum of 3.0 GPA must have been completed, including:

LING 351 - Introduction to Linguistic Phonetics and Phonology (3)

LING 406 - Descriptive Linguistics (3)

LING 408 - Syntax (3)

LING 412 - Sociolinguistics (3)

LING 430 - Historical Linguistics (3)

A student who has not completed one or more of the preceding four courses may enroll in the required course(s) concurrently with graduate coursework in the program.

If the student lacks the prerequisite number of linguistics courses, they must be made up with at least a 3.0 GPA in such makeup coursework. In the event that the student’s GPA in prerequisite Linguistics courses is less than 3.0, six to nine units of probationary, adviser-approved coursework may be assigned. If the GPA in these probationary courses is 3.0 or better, the student may be classified. Some courses taken to make up qualitative deficiencies may be credited toward the M.A. if completed with a “B” (3.0) or better, and if applicable to the student’s particular study plan. Courses taken to remove quantitative deficiencies may not be applied to the M.A. program.

Knowledge of one foreign language is required (equivalent of Modern Languages 317 course). Students without coursework in a foreign language may demonstrate proficiency by a score of average or better on the MLA-ETS Proficiency Examination for Advanced Students. Work toward fulfillment of this requirement may be taken concurrently with graduate work in linguistics.

Modifications of certain prerequisite requirements may be permitted in exceptional circumstances.

A study plan must be developed and approved for admission to classified graduate standing.

M.A. Study Plan Requirements

Descriptive and Historical Linguistics (15 units)

LING 501 - Research Methods and Bibliography (3)

LING 505 - Phonological Analysis (3)

LING 507 - Grammatical Analysis (3)

LING 508 - Theories of Syntax (3)

LING 530 - Graduate Seminar: Historical Linguistics (3)

Specialized Electives (9 units)
Course work selected from any one of the following five areas of specialization, including other courses in the university with the approval of the adviser:

Applied Linguistics

FREN 466 - Introduction to French Linguistics (3)

FREN 599 - Independent Graduate Research (1-3)

GRMN 466 - Introduction to German Linguistics (3)

LING 416 - Anthropological Linguistics (3)

LING 599 - Independent Graduate Research (1-3)

SPAN 466 - Spanish Phonology and Dialectology (3)

SPAN 467 - Spanish Morphology and Syntax (3)

SPAN 468 - Spanish/English Bilingualism and Language Contact (3)

SPAN 599 - Independent Graduate Research (1-3)

TESL 509 - Advanced Principles of TESOL: Listening/Speaking Focus (3)

TESL 510 - Advanced Principles of TESOL: Reading/Writing Focus (3)

TESL 515 - Pedagogical Grammar in TESOL (3)

TESL 527 - Second Language Acquisition (3)

TESL 532 - Technology in Second Language Learning (3)

TESL 560 - Second Language Assessment (3)

Anthropological Linguistics

ANTH 599 - Independent Graduate Research (1-3)

LING 416 - Anthropological Linguistics (3)

LING 599 - Independent Graduate Research (1-3)

TESL 500 - Fundamentals in TESOL (3)

Analysis of Specific Language Structures

ENGL 599 - Independent Graduate Research (1-3)

FREN 466 - Introduction to French Linguistics (3)

FREN 500 - Graduate Seminar: Advanced Structure and Style (3)

FREN 530 - Graduate Seminar: Historical Linguistics (3)

FREN 599 - Independent Graduate Research (1-3)

GRMN 466 - Introduction to German Linguistics (3)

JAPN 466 - Introduction to Japanese Linguistics (3)

JAPN 468 - Japanese-English Contrastive Analysis (3)

LING 599 - Independent Graduate Research (1-3)

SPAN 466 - Spanish Phonology and Dialectology (3)

SPAN 500 - Graduate Seminar: Advanced Structure and Style (3)

SPAN 530 - Graduate Seminar: Historical Linguistics (3)

SPAN 599 - Independent Graduate Research (1-3)

Communication and Semantics

ANTH 599 - Independent Graduate Research (1-3)

HCOM 599 - Independent Graduate Research (1-3)

LING 416 - Anthropological Linguistics (3)

LING 417 - Psycholinguistics (3)

LING 442 - Changing Words: History, Semantics, and Translation (3)

LING 599 - Independent Graduate Research (1-3)

Disorders of Communication

HCOM 461 - Audiology and Audiometry (3)

HCOM 472 - Voice and Craniofacial Disorders (3)

HCOM 475 - Fluency Disorders (3)

HCOM 599 - Independent Graduate Research (1-3)

LING 417 - Psycholinguistics (3)

LING 599 - Independent Graduate Research (1-3)

Language & Mind

LING 413 - Child Language

LING 417 - Psycholinguistics

LING 469 - Language, Sex roles, and the Brain

LING 599 - Independent Graduate Research

CPSC 481 - Artificial Intelligence

PSYCH 414 - Cognitive Neuroscience

PSYCH 415 - Cognitive Processes

Other relevant courses as approved by the graduate adviser in linguistics

Language & Society

LING 412 - Sociolinguistics

LING 416 - Anthropological Linguistics

LING 442 - Changing Words

LING 492 - Field Methods

LING 599 Independent Graduate Research

Other relevant courses as approved by the graduate adviser in linguistics

Linguistics or a Related Field Elective (3 units)

Linguistics 597 Project (3 units)

A minimum of 15 units in 500-level courses is required. Satisfactory completion of a written comprehensive examination is required at the conclusion of the program. The examination may be repeated only once. A reading list for the examination and specifications for the project are available in the program office.

 

For further information, consult the graduate adviser.