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Linguistics

College of Liberal Arts

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Linguistics - Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Linguistics

This program is designed both for students who wish to pursue further graduate study and those seeking a terminal degree. The program seeks to blend theoretical and applied aspects of linguistics and draws from a variety of disciplines.

The M.A. offers three options and one concentration:

  • 1. General Linguistics Option
  • 2. Language and Culture Option
  • 3. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • 4. Special Concentration

Graduate assistantships may be available to qualified students.

Prerequisites

1. A bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA for the most recent 60 units;

2. 21 units of undergraduate coursework as follows (can be taken at CSULB):

  • A. 15 units in Linguistics; the following or equivalent:
    • Introductory Linguistics: LING/ANTH 170, LING 325
    • Language Acquisition: LING 329
    • Phonology: LING 420
    • Syntax: LING 421
    • Language Variation: LING 379, 413, 425, 426, 472; PSY 438
  • B. Six units either in linguistics or a language-related field (such as TESL, rhetoric, literature in another language, cross-cultural communication, cognition, or artificial intelligence).

Advancement to Candidacy

  • 1. Satisfaction of the general university requirements for advancement to candidacy, including prerequisites, the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) and 3.0 GPA.
  • 2. Completion of the foreign language requirement, either:
    • A. Two courses of a foreign language at the upper-division level, or the equivalent, or
    • B. Two courses of an Indo-European language and two courses of a non-Indo European language at the lower-division level, or equivalent.
  • 3. Completion of six units of course work within the program, exclusive of any classes used to meet prerequisites.
  • 4. Approval of the candidate's graduate program by the Graduate Advisor, the Associate Dean for Instructional Programs of the College of Liberal Arts, and any other individuals identified by relevant university policy.
  • 5. Advancement must take place no later than the semester before the student graduates.

Requirements

  • 1. A minimum of 33 units of approved upper division and graduate courses for the thesis path or a minimum of 34 units of approved upper division and graduate courses of the comprehensive examination path, including
  • 2. A minimum of 21 units at the 500 or 600 level;
  • 3. The completion of the five course core requirement for the degree;
  • 4. The completion of requirements of one of the options or the Special Concentration designated in the program;
  • 5. Completion of one of two culminating experiences:
    • A. A thesis and its accompanying oral defense and oral examination (LING 698, 6 units).
    • B. The comprehensive examination and its accompanying graduate paper (LING 697, 1 unit).
  • 6. A GPA of 3.00 on all courses included in the program.

Core

  • 1. Two courses from the following:
    • LING 620, 625, 633
  • 2. One course from the following:
    • LING 540, 610, 650, 533
  • 3. One course from the following:
    • LING/PSY 539
  • 4. One course from the following:
    • LING 580/ANTH 570, LING/EDP 595, LING 596

Option in General Linguistics (code LINGMA02)

Take the 15-unit core.

  • Take 12-18 units, including general linguistics courses from the core, such that students take:
    • LING 620 Seminar in Syntactic Theory and Analysis (3)
    • LING 625 Seminar in Phonetics and Phonology (3)
    • LING 633 Discourse and Grammar (3)
    • LING/PSY 539 Language Acquisition (3)
    • LING 540 Sociolinguistics (3)
    • LING 610 Historical Linguistics (3)
    • LING 650 Seminar in Bilingualism (3)
  • Thesis (33 units) including the following:
    • LING 698 Thesis (6)
  • Comprehensive Exam (34 units) including the following:
    • LING 697 Directed Research (1)

Option in Language and Culture (code LINGMA03)

Take the 15 unit core.

  • Take the specialization courses:
    • LING 533/ANTH 530 Ethnography of Communication (3)
    • LING 540 Sociolinguistics (3)
    • ANTH 630 Seminar in Anthropological Linguistics (3)
  • Take approved selections from the following courses:
    • LING/ANTH 413, LING 423, LING 425/ANTH 421, LING 470/ANTH/WGSS 475, LING 650, ANTH 560, ANTH 597; and LING 697 or LING 698 for the culminating experience.

Option in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (code LINGMA04)

The TESOL Option includes a 15 unit core, and either the Comprehensive Exam or Thesis.

Comprehensive Exam: (19 units) required:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • LING 486 Foundations of Language Minority Instruction: Practice (3)
    • LING 500 Educational Linguistics (3)
    • LING 561 Second Language Curriculum Dev (3)
    • LING 562 Second Language Testing and Assessment (3)
    • LING 593 Practicum in TESL (3)
  • Take one of the following:
    • LING 560 TESL Composition (3)
    • LING 575 Literacy and Linguistics (3)
  • Take the following course for 1 unit:
    • LING 697 Directed Research (1)

Thesis: (18 units) required:

  • Take the following courses:
    • LING 486 Foundations of Language Minority Instruction: Practice (3)
    • LING 593 Practicum in TESL (3)
  • Take two of the following courses:
    • LING 500, 561, 562
  • Take the following course for 6 units:
    • LING 698 Thesis (6)

Special Concentration (code LINGMA01)

This concentration is 12-18 units. Students electing this concentration must 1) consult with the Graduate Advisor about their proposal; 2) submit a written justification for the course of study they wish to take, including 3) a list of the classes which are proposed to meet the objectives of this special program. Both the written justification and the course list are subject to approval. Other requirements of the program (e.g. a five course core, GPA, culminating experiences, etc.) cannot be waived or altered by use of the special concentration. Students wanting graduate credit for certain 400-level courses must consult with the Graduate Advisor before enrolling. Courses with an I suffix are not available for graduate credit.

Note: Graduate students are required to register for the higher (500-level) course whenever a course has a double number. Students may not repeat courses by taking them under different prefix designations, numbers or titles unless the course description specifically permits.

Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (code ENGLCT02)

This certificate is open to students from any field who desire training for teaching English to speakers of other languages. While the program may be begun as an undergraduate, at least 18 units must be completed as a post-baccalaureate student.

Prerequisites

1. Baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 3.0 on last 60 units.

2. One introductory course in linguistics:

  • LING/ANTH 170 Intro to Linguistics (3) (or equivalent)

Requirements

  • 1. Twenty-four units, including:
    • A. 21 taken in residence;
    • B. 18 taken as a graduate student;
    • C. 12 taken at a 500-600 level.
      • NOTE: Categories (A-C) combined need only equal 24 units.
  • 2. A GPA of 3.0 in all courses included in the program.
  • 3. Fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
  • 4. One course in each of the following eight categories:
    • A. Language Acquisition:
      • LING 329 Introduction to Language Acquisition (3)
    • B. Intermediate Level Linguistics. One course from:
      • LING 420 English Phonology (3)
      • LING 421 English Syntax (3)
    • C. Cross-cultural Communication:
      • LING 425/ANTH 421 Education Across Cultures (3)
    • D. Basic ESL Methodology:
      • LING 486 Foundations of Language Minority Instruction: Practice (3)
    • E. Curriculum:
      • LING 561 Second Language Curriculum Development (3)
    • F. Testing and Assessment:
      • LING 562 Second Language Testing and Assessment (3)
    • G. Specialized Methodology. One course from:
      • LING 560 TESL Composition (3)
      • LING 575 Literacy and Linguistics (3)
    • H. Practicum:
      • LING 593 Practicum in TESL (3)

Students who have taken equivalent courses in the above categories but need units to complete certificate requirements may elect to take courses as advised. Students wanting graduate credit for 400-level courses which have not been approved for graduate credit by the home department must consult with the Program Director or Graduate Advisor before enrolling. Courses with an “I” suffix are not available for graduate credit, but may be used for the Certificate if they were taken while the student was an undergraduate.