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    May 27, 2022  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Linguistics Graduate Certificate

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Harriet Wood Bowden (Spanish), 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 credit 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 Office of Graduate Admissions and 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 credit 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 credit hours may be accepted from candidates upon admission.


Students will satisfy the requirements of the certificate program by selecting 18 credit 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. The 18 credit hours include:

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