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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Linguistics Graduate Certificate

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Jessi Grieser, English; Co-chair
Bernard Issa, MFLL; Co-chair

  Email: linguistics@utk.edu

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.

Campus Code

Knoxville Campus

Graduate Certificate Type



Admissions Standards/Procedures

  • Prospective candidates for the certificate may take up to 6 credit hours of certificate classes before making application for admission to the certificate program.
  • Application should be made online to the Office of Graduate Admissions. If already enrolled in a graduate program at UTK and you wish to add the Linguistics Graduate Certificate to your course of study, choose “Change of Program” via the Graduate Admissions website and add the Linguistics certificate.

Academic Standards

  • Once admitted to the program, they must maintain a GPA of at least 3.00.

Credit Hours Required

18 graduate credit hours

Required Courses

Non-course Requirements:

  • 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.
  • Complete the Graduate Certificate Course Verification Form, obtain the signature of one of the Certificate Program Co-chairs (listed above), and submit the completed and signed form to the Graduate School for processing.

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