Student Learning Outcomes
1. Create claims about human communication and about the innate language competence in humans
2. Create claims about specific languages and the universal principles that underlie the knowledge of all languages
3. Create claims about social, psychological and biological aspects of language including language and thought, language acquisition, the representation of language in the human nervous system, disordered language, speech production
4. Create claims about the role of language in culture and society
5. Analyze, evaluate, and create claims about the history and structure of one or more particular languages; conduct an in-depth structural analysis of a non-Western language, or of a Western language (depending on the course)
6. Analyze, evaluate, and create claims about the relevance of all of the above to the practice of language pedagogy
The M.A. degree requires 30 credits of graduate coursework. 12 credits come from the following Core courses: LIN 601 - Introductory Linguistic Analysis , LIN 631 - Phonological Analysis , LIN 641 - Syntactic Analysis , LIN 674 - Topics in Sociolinguistics . The remaining 18 credits come from one of the six concentration areas with the approval of the advisor for that concentration area. All four Core courses and all required courses within a student’s concentration area must be completed with a grade of B or better; all other courses must be completed with a grade of B- or better. A thesis may be substituted for 6 credits of course work subject to the approval of the concentration advisor. All students must successfully complete three comprehensive examinations; one in Syntax, one in Phonology, and one in Sociolinguistics. All students must also either successfully complete a comprehensive examination in their concentration area, or successfully write and defend a thesis in their concentration area.
The student works with the concentration advisor in one of six concentration areas. Equivalent or alternative courses may be substituted for any of the courses listed below by approval of the program. Be aware that certain courses may have prerequisites, e.g., CSD 616 must be taken before CSD 638; LIN 601 must be taken before several courses; LIN 631 must be taken in year one in order to take LIN 731; and LIN 641 must be taken in year one in order to take LIN 741.