Ilona Leki, English, Chair
The linguistics program offers a graduate certificate designed to meet the needs of individuals wishing to apply linguistics in various professional fields. It draws upon the strengths of faculty members in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, and theoretical linguistics. The requirements focus upon the central aspects of the discipline of linguistics and aim to develop students’ basic knowledge and skills in the core disciplinary areas.
Upon successful completion of this program, students should have an understanding of the basic theoretical concepts and approaches of the discipline and have gained experience in the use of analytic and research techniques. It is also designed to meet the specific needs of those students who are preparing to teach foreign language at the high school/junior college level and/or to obtain advanced level proficiency in linguistics and cultural knowledge.
Prospective candidates for the certificate may take up to 6 hours of certificate classes before making application for admission to the certificate program. Once admitted to the program, they must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0. Application to the certificate program must be made to the Chair of the Interdisciplinary Linguistics Program by submitting a letter of application and copies of undergraduate transcripts (and graduate transcripts, if applicable). A minimum of 18 hours is required. All courses must be selected in consultation with a program advisor, who must approve all courses for individual students prior to their being taken, except that, as noted above, up to 6 hours may be accepted from candidates upon admission.
Students will satisfy the requirements of the certificate program by selecting 18 hours from the following lists, provided that those courses are selected in consultation with a program advisor, who approves their selection. A certificate cannot be earned without program approval by the advisor.
- At least one of the following courses – LING 423 , LING 425 , MFLL 512 .
- Additional courses from the following list for a total of 15 hours – ENGL 508 , ENGL 509 , ENGL 680 , FREN 421 , FREN 422 , GERM 510 , GERM 541 , GERM 631 , GERM 632 , LING 400 , LING 411 , LING 426 , LING 435 , LING 471 , LING 472 , LING 474 , LING 476 , LING 477 , LING 485 , LING 490 , LING 575 , PSYC 400 , PSYC 543 , SPAN 421 , SPAN 531 , STAT 531 . Other courses may, where appropriate, be substituted for the courses listed above with the permission of the Chair of the Linguistics Program.
- A 3-hour capstone project, normally the preparation of a paper for presentation at a professional conference or for publication in a journal, planned and completed in consultation with a program advisor.