The program has two options: thesis and non-thesis. Students who wish to subsequently pursue a doctorate in linguistics are advised to take the thesis option. This option requires completion of 33 sem. hrs. of course work, plus the thesis. Students who pursue the thesis option must complete 33 sem. hrs. of linguistics course work taken at the 500 or 600 level, write a thesis (6 sem. hrs.), and defend it successfully. Students who pursue the non-thesis option must complete 39 sem. hrs. of linguistics course work taken at the 500 or 600 level, write a graduating essay, successfully defend it orally, and receive a grade of P (Pass) on written comprehensive exams.
The M.A. in Linguistics program has core course requirements of 15 sem. hrs. These five courses cover the main areas of linguistics that are necessary for students preparing for fieldwork in linguistics. Survey of Linguistic Theories gives students a broad overview of linguistic theory. Syntax and Semantics and Advanced Phonology prepare students for field work in two of the most fundamental areas of linguistics. Field Methods and Advanced Field Methods focus on teaching students how to gather linguistic data, manage that data electronically, analyze the data, and write descriptions of their data and analyses.
The program has two streams, analytical and applied. Students take at least 12 sem. hrs. in their chosen stream. In the case of the analytical stream, the courses develop skills that are necessary for field workers who wish to focus mainly on linguistic analysis. In this stream, Problems in Morphology and Syntax is a required course (included in the 12 sem. hrs). In the case of the applied stream, the courses develop skills that are necessary for field workers who plan to work mainly in the areas of literacy development and translation. In this stream, Language Programs Design and Management is a required course (included in the 12 sem. hrs.).
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