BA & MA in linguistics

Bethany K. Dumas dumasb at UTKUX.UTCC.UTK.EDU
Thu Aug 11 19:57:34 UTC 2005

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This concentration offers a broad exposure to the various fields of
linguistics (including historical, descriptive, theoretical and applied
linguistics) along with an opportunity to study areas where linguistics
overlaps with other disciplines such as psycholinguistics,
sociolinguistics, and speech pathology. The program of study is designed
to prepare a student for graduate work in linguistics or related areas or
to serve as a general survey of language and linguistics. The program of
study provides the additional possibility of emphasizing the teaching of
English as a second language for the student interested in
language-related employment at the Bachelor of Arts level.

Students should consult program advisors early in planning a Linguistics
major or minor. Linguistics 200 is highly recommended. Audiology and
Speech Pathology 305 should be taken as soon as possible. Other 300-level
courses should, if possible, be completed before 400-level courses are

We also ffer a Graduate Certificate in Linguistics (no MA):

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
central aspects of the discipline.

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 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 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 fifteen 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 six credit hours may
be accepted from candidates upon admission. Students will satisfy the
requirements of the Certificate program by selecting fifteen 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 Graduate Certificate Program in Linguistics is open to non-degree
students as well as to students who have been admitted to a graduate
degree program.)

[Most of our Certificate students are pursuing degrees in Modern Foreign
Languages and Literatures - our <combined> modern languages dep't.)


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