Goals of the M.A. in Linguistics

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. 

Program Learning Objectives


Goal 2

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

Program Learning Objectives

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.

Program Learning Objectives

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.