Goals of the M.A. in Linguistics

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Students with Bachelor's degrees from a variety of fields, such as English, Art History, Engineering, Management, Foreign Languages, Psychology, Communication Studies, and Anthropology, are conditionally admitted into the M.A. in Linguistics program. Upon completion of a number of prerequisite courses with a letter grade of 'B' or better they become classified students in the program.

Graduates of the M.A. Linguistics Program should be able to meet the following goals:

Goal 1: To transmit in-depth knowledge of the structure and function of language and its use and change from various theoretical perspectives.

 

MA Linguistics Program Learning Objectives

Courses

Assessment

PLO 1A:  Transcribe, using the International Phonetic Alphabet, and produce speech sounds of the world’s languages. Apply concepts of acoustic theory in analyses of speech data;

LING 101 (Introduced)

LING 111 (Reinforced)

LING 213 (Advanced)

Transcription exercises, transcription project, midterm exam, final exam, term paper

PLO 1B: Analyze linguistic sound patterns in terms of their function, their structure, and the pressures that influence their change over time;

LING 101 (Introduced)

LING 113 (Reinforced)

LING 201 (Reinforced)

LING 213 (Advanced)

Initial assessment, data analysis problems, midterm exam, final exam, research papers

PLO 1C: Analyze sentence structure of typologically diverse languages using current formalism and explain how syntactic and semantic structures interface.

LING 101 (Introduced)

LING 112 (Reinforced)

LING 202 (Advanced)

LING 213 (Advanced)

Data analysis problems, mini projects, midterm exam, final exam, research paper

PLO 1D:  Analyze the meaning of linguistic expressions, elaborate on the role of linguistic, pragmatic, and cultural context in the interpretation of meaning, and understand the role of theories in the analysis of semantic data.

LING 101 (Introduced)

LING 114 (Reinforced)

LING 203 (Advanced)

LING 213 (Advanced)

Semantic analysis problems, mini projects, midterm exam, final exam, research paper

PLO 1E:  Show an understanding of current linguistic theories; compare and evaluate different theoretical approaches.

LING 201 (Advanced)

LING 202 (Advanced)

LING 203 (Advanced)

Research papers, comprehensive exam, master’s thesis


Goal 2
: To instill in students and train them in advanced critical thinking skills, analytical skills, and reading, writing and research skills.

 

MA Linguistics Program Learning Objectives

Courses

Assessment

PLO 2A:  Extract patterns from complex data sets, motivate categorization procedures, and apply learned analytical principles over such patterns.

LING 112 (Introduced)

LING 113 (Introduced)

LING 114 (Introduced)

LING 201 (Advanced)

LING 202 (Advanced)

LING 203 (Advanced)

LING 213 (Advanced)

Data analysis problems, mini projects, midterm exam, final exam, research papers, comprehensive exam, master’s thesis

PLO 2B:  Carry out independent empirical, experimental or theoretical research involving formulating a research project, presenting a literature review, using appropriate methodology, collecting data pertinent to the project, and interpreting the data.

LING 201 (Introduced)

LING 202 (Introduced)

LING 203 (Introduced)

LING 298 (Reinforced)

LING 299 (Advanced)

Research proposal, annotated bibliography, term paper

Master’s thesis

PLO 2C:  Use library and electronic research sources effectively;

LLD 250W (Introduced)

All 200-level courses (Reinforced)

Homework assignments, annotated bibliographies

PLO 2D:  Use reading and writing and oral skills effectively;

LLD 250W (Introduced)

All courses (Reinforced)

Part of the evaluation of every written assignment exam, or term paper

PLO 2E:  Demonstrate proficiency equivalent to a two-year of an Indo-European or a one-year of a non- Indo-European college level study in a language other than their native language.

Foreign language courses at any college; English proficiency for native speakers of a language other than English

College transcript


Depending on the types of elective courses a student takes, which may be from linguistics or from related fields, one or more of the following objectives may be reinforced:

Goal 3: To develop an understanding of the relationship between linguistic theories and areas such as artificial intelligence, cognitive science, language acquisition and learning, intercultural communication, and language policy.

 

MA Linguistics Program Learning Objectives

Courses

Assessment

PLO 3A:  Discuss issues in speech synthesis, speech recognition, natural language processing, and develop speech recognition, speech synthesis and natural language processing programs;

LING 115 (Introduced)

LING 124 (Introduced)

LING 165 (Introduced)

LING 298 (Advanced)

Homework problems, midterm exam, final exam, parser, speech synthesizer

PLO 3B:  Evaluate theories of first and second language acquisition, and second language teaching;

LING 161 (Introduced)

LLD 270 (Advanced)

Midterm exam, final exam, mini project, term paper

PLO 3C:  Apply linguistic knowledge to address societal issues related to language variation and diversity, and intercultural communication.

LING 125 (Introduced)

LING 166 (Introduced)

LLD 271 (Reinforced)

Sociolinguistic data collection and analysis reported in a term paper, midterm exam, final exam

PLO 3D: Recognize the relation between language and cognition and evaluate theories of their interaction

LING 161 (Introduced)

Midterm exam, final exam, term paper

PLO 3E: Identify phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic changes in the history of a language, discuss the contribution of social factors to language variation and change, explain the genetic and typological classification of languages, and use the comparative method to reconstruct ancestors of related languages.

LING 101 (Introduced)

LING 125 (Reinforced)

Data analysis problems, midterm exam, final exam, term paper

 

Goal 4: To instill in students an appreciation for the diversity and dynamic nature of human languages and cultures in the U.S. and the world.

The Linguistics Program addresses this goal in all of its core courses as well as through specific areas of specialization that students may pursue. In that respect, Goal 4 is realized through the specific objectives listed for Goals 1, 2, and 3.