College of Humanities and Social Sciences

PhD in Linguistics

The PhD in linguistics trains students in the science of language.  Students become specialists in the core areas of linguistics-- phonology, syntax, and semantics --and learn to integrate this core with the study of second language acquisition. This 72-credit degree program prepares students for positions in academia, industry, and government working in a host of organizations that are concerned with language and second language acquisition. They might be research and teaching professors, administrators of language-learning programs, or consultants in computational linguistic research.

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

Reduction of Credit

For students entering the doctoral program with a master’s degree, the number of required credits may be reduced by a maximum of 30 credits, subject to approval of the program faculty and the dean. Requests for reduction of credit are reviewed only after acceptance to the doctoral program.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2015-2016)

To receive the PhD, students complete a minimum of 72 credits of course work including a dissertation.  Students must submit two qualifying papers in linguistics. 

Doctoral Course Work (60 credits)

Eleven core courses (33 credits) in linguistics

Three courses (9 credits) in phonology

LING 690 - Generative Phonology

LING 692 - Phonology II

LING 890 - Advanced Phonology Seminar

Three courses (9 credits) in syntax

LING 786 - Syntax I

LING 787 - Syntax II

LING 886 - Advanced Syntax Seminar

Two courses (6 credits) in semantics/pragmatics

LING 785 - Semantics and Pragmatics

LING 788 - Semantics and Pragmatics II

Two courses in (6 credits) in language acquisition chosen from:

LING 582 - Second Language Acquisition

LING 782 - Second Language Acquisition II

LING 882 - Seminar in Language Acquisition

One course (3 credits) in research methodology

LING 770 - Research Methods

Two seminars (6 credits)

Students take two seminar courses in two chosen fields. Seminar topics change every time they are offered. They may be repeated for credit.

LING 882 - Seminar in Language Acquisition

LING 886 - Advanced Syntax Seminar

LING 890 - Advanced Phonology Seminar

Five elective courses (15 credits) chosen from:

LING 507 - Field Work in Applied Linguistics

LING 521 - Applied Linguistics: Teaching English as a Second Language

LING 522 - Modern English Grammar

LING 523 - English Phonetics

LING 525 - Practicum in ESL

LING 580 - First Language Acquisition

LING 581 - Psycholinguistics

LING 650 - Introduction to Sociolinguistics

LING 691 - Theories of Language

LING 798 - Directed Reading and Research

ENGH 592 - Historical Studies of the English Language

FREN 575 - Grammatical Analysis

FRLN 565 - Theory of Translation

SOCI 636 - Statistical Reasoning

SPAN 500 - History of the Spanish Language

SPAN 501 - Applied Spanish Grammar

SPAN 502 - Hispanic Sociolinguistics

PSYC 615 - Language Development

CS 580 - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

CSI 600 - Quantitative Foundations for Computational Sciences

CSS 600 - Introduction to Computational Social Science

NEUR 604 - Ethics in Scientific Research

EDUC 611 - Cultural Issues in Second Language Acquisition

EDCI 516 - Bilingualism and Language Acquisition Research

EDCI 569 - Teaching English in the Secondary School

Two qualifying papers (6 credits)

Students register for this course twice.

LING 898 - Advanced Qualifying Seminar

Dissertation Research (minimum 12 credits)

Once enrolled in 999, students must follow the university's continuous registration policy as specified in the Academic Policies section of the catalog. Students who defend in the summer must be registered for at least 1 credit of 999.

Students apply to this degree a minimum of 12 dissertation credits (998 and 999 combined) with at least 3 credits of 999. Because of the continuous registration policy, students may be required to register for additional credits of these courses.

LING 998 - Doctoral Dissertation Proposal

LING 999 - Doctoral Dissertation

Total: 72 credits

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