2007-2008 Academic Catalog

Degree Programs

Linguistics, Applied

College of Liberal Arts
Linguistics Program
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M.A. Degree

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 30 credits

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Linguistics is the study of language and covers a variety of subjects from theories of grammar and how we produce language to applications of linguistic knowledge in areas such as language teaching.

The M.A. degree in applied linguistics focuses on language teaching and materials development, and/or documentation of underdocumented languages. For students who intend to teach Alaska Native languages, English as a second language or foreign languages, it is designed to provide theoretical and practical foundations in second language acquisition and pedagogy, as well as grammatical explication. For students who intend to work in language documentation, it is designed to provide practical foundations in general linguistics, applications to Alaska Native languages, and techniques of fieldwork and documentation. Students are expected either to have or to develop proficiency in at least one language other than English, as demonstrated by a proficiency exam or a comparable measure determined by the student's graduate committee.

Graduate Program--M.A. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the master's degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following core courses:
    LING 601--Principles of Linguistic Analysis*--3 credits
    LING 602--Second Language Acquisition (3)
          or equivalent (3)--3 credits
    LING 603--Phonetics and Phonology--3 credits
    LING 604--Morphology and Syntax--3 credits
    LING 610--Theory and Methods of Second Language Teaching (3)
          or equivalent (3)--3 credits
    LING 660--Internship--3 credits
    Complete elective credits at the 600-level.**--9-12 credits
  4. Complete one of the following:
    LING 698--Research (6)
          or LING 699--Thesis (6)--6 credits
  5. Minimum credits required--30 credit

* Or equivalent, e.g., ANL 452 or undergraduate core courses in LING.
** Up to 6 credits may be at the 400-level with approval from the graduate committee. Courses may be chosen from the following: ANTH 631, 632, 670, ANL 401, 402, 601, ED 620, ED/LING 621, ENGL 462, 472, 661, 685, 686, LING 420, 630, 631, 632, 633, 650, or 400-level foreign language course.