English: Language and Linguistics Option (M.A.)


Students who wish to specialize in any of the various areas of English language and linguistics may design an M.A. program to meet their interests. Specialties include applied linguistics and the teaching of English as a second language as well as the traditional subfields of linguistics. Psycholinguistics courses are offered through the psychology department.

Degree Requirements

M.A. candidates must complete at least 32 credit hours at the 800 or 900 level, including 4 credit hours of a research experience. 

Reading knowledge of one foreign language is required. This may be demonstrated by passing a departmental examination or by receiving a grade of B or better in a fourth­-semester college-­level language course. Students whose native language is not English may be exempt from this requirement.

The student's course of study must be approved by the program adviser.

Required Courses
ENGL 893Phonetics and Phonology4
ENGL 894Syntax4
Five Electives20
Teaching English as a Second Language: Theory and Methods
Curriculum, Materials and Assessment in English as a Second Language
Languages in Contact
Sociolinguistics Survey
History of the English Language
Linguistic Field Methods
Special Topics in Linguistics
English Grammar
Practicum in Teaching College Composition 1
Concluding Research Experience
ENGL 998Master's Paper 24
Total Credits32

ENGL 910 Practicum in Teaching College Composition is reserved for graduate teaching assistants.


The alternative to this requirement is a 4 credit course at the 800 or 900 level in which students, with the consultation of the course instructor and/or the program advisor, produce a substantial (30 page) paper

This graduate program is approved to be taken on an accelerated basis in articulation with certain undergraduate degree programs.

General Accelerated Master's policy, note that some programs have additional requirements (e.g. higher grade expectations) compared to the policy.

Please see the Graduate School website and contact the department directly for more information.

  • Demonstrate competence in the major areas of linguistic theory including phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax
  • Understand processes of language variation and change
  • Be able to deploy the analytical tools, modes of critical thinking, and types of writing that are used in studying languages and linguistics
  • Understand practical application of linguistic knowledge to daily life
  • Develop expertise in theories of second language acquisition and teaching English as a second/foreign language