Applied Linguistics (M.A.)

The M.A. in Applied Linguistics prepares students for careers in a variety of professions where an understanding of language is essential. Students may choose to concentrate their studies in one of several areas. Among these areas are second language learning and teaching, TESL, discourse analysis, computational linguistics, language policy and language planning. As an example, students who are interested in the interaction between language and society might choose to take APLN 530, APLN 532, and APLN 534 as three of their electives.

Students in other programs may elect Linguistics courses with their Graduate Program Coordinator's prior approval.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
APLN 500Language and Linguistics 13
APLN 502Sociolinguistics3
APLN 504Syntax3
APLN 505Semantics and Pragmatics3
APLN 506Phonetics and Phonology3
APLN 508Research Design in Applied Linguistics3
Required Electives
Select 18 credits from the following:18
Select 6-18 credits from the following:
Discourse Analysis
Current Theories of Second Language Acquisition
Language Policy and Language Planning
Computational Linguistics
Translation Theory
The Structure of American Sign Language
Corpus Linguistics
Topics in Cognitive Linguistics
Select 0-12 credits from the following:
Cross-Cultural Discourse Analysis
Forensic Linguistics
Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Acquisition/Learning
Advanced Structure of American English
Methodology of Teaching ESL
Computer-Assisted Language Instruction
Language Testing and Assessment
Language and Culture in Minority Education
Languages in Contact
Language Policy in Nations in Transition
Languages of the USA
Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Language Socialization
Cross-cultural Perspectives on Literacy
Linguistics and Reading
Current Issues in Natural Language Processing
Language and Mobile Communication
Selected Topics in Applied Linguistics
Independent Study
Independent Study
Culminating Experience
APLN 605Research Questions in Applied Linguistics1
Total Credits37

Those with linguistics background may substitute another elective with advisor approval.