The PhD in linguistics trains students in the science of language. Students become specialists in the core areas of linguistics-- phonology, syntax, and semantics --and learn to integrate this core with the study of second language acquisition. This 72-credit degree program prepares students for positions in academia, industry, and government working in a host of organizations that are concerned with language and second language acquisition. They might be research and teaching professors, administrators of language-learning programs, or consultants in computational linguistic research.
For policies governing all graduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.
For students entering the doctoral program with a master’s degree, the number of required credits may be reduced by a maximum of 30 credits, subject to approval of the program faculty and the dean. Requests for reduction of credit are reviewed only after acceptance to the doctoral program.
The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.
To receive the PhD, students complete a minimum of 72 credits of course work including a dissertation. Students must submit two qualifying papers in linguistics.
Students take two seminar courses in two chosen fields. Seminar topics change every time they are offered. They may be repeated for credit.
Students register for this course twice.
Once enrolled in 999, students must follow the university's continuous registration policy as specified in the Academic Policies section of the catalog. Students who defend in the summer must be registered for at least 1 credit of 999.
Students apply to this degree a minimum of 12 dissertation credits (998 and 999 combined) with at least 3 credits of 999. Because of the continuous registration policy, students may be required to register for additional credits of these courses.