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Linguistics Program


Suggested Timetable to Degree Completion ( non- thesis option)

Suggested Timetable to Degree Completion (M.A. non-thesis option)

This is a suggested timetable for students wanting to finish their M.A. degree in two years, starting in the fall semester.

Taking courses

Students entering the Program normally take LING 600 Introduction to Linguistics in the Fall, and LING 710 Introduction to Phonology in the Spring of their first year. Students who already have some background in linguistics are encouraged to also take LING 720 Introduction to Syntax in their first (Fall) semester. Alternatively, LING 720 Introduction to Syntax may be taken in the third (Fall) semester.
If a student wishes to include a non-LING in their program of study, a permission form must be filled out, signed by the student's advisor, and filed with the program office.

Comprehensive examination

Students who elect not to write a thesis must still pass a comprehensive examination.  Such students will be examined by a committee of two core faculty members, typically including the faculty mentor for the student's enhanced seminar paper and at least one faculty member representing the student's special field.  Upon successful completion of an oral comprehensive examination, covering general linguistics and the student's special field, the examiner will inform the program's graduate director.  Student should plan to take the comprehensive examination as soon as possible, once they have completed the three core course requirement (LING 600 Survey of Linguistics, LING 710 Introduction to Phonology, and LING 720 Introduction to Syntax).  For students who take these three courses in their first year, this would be early in their third semester.  For students who complete their core courses in the third semester, this would be at the beginning of their fourth (final) semester.

 

 COURSES & EXAMS

For students with linguistics background 

For students without linguistics background

1st semester (Fall)

LING 720
+2 other LING courses

LING 600
+2 other LING courses

2nd semester (Spring)

LING 710
+ 2 other LING courses

LING 710
+ 2 other LING courses

Summer

 

 

3rd semester (Fall)

Take oral comprehensive exam.
3 LING courses

LING 720
+ 2 other LING courses

4th semester (Spring)

 3 LING courses

Take oral comprehensive exam. 
3 LING courses