Adviser: Veronica Grondona, Ph.D.
Linguistics is the scientific study of how languages are learned, processed, used and structured; it investigates why and how languages change, and what status they have in social life. Linguistics is important to social and cognitive psychology, native and foreign language teaching at all levels, artificial intelligence and computer science, communications, sociology and anthropology and historical accounts of human civilization. Linguists work in colleges and universities, in language instruction and educational planning, in the communications industries (including publishing), in translation services and in cross-cultural business and government agencies.
Students must complete those parts of the LING 401 /LING 420 /LING 425 sequence that were not a part of their undergraduate work. Graduate credit may be given for these courses.
In addition, each candidate must complete a thesis (LING 692 ) or a comprehensive examination, including questions from general linguistics and specialized area(s) chosen by the candidate.