The Linguistics Program offers a variety of courses in both theoretical and applied linguistics. The core courses deal with the structure of human language: phonology, syntax, and semantics and pragmatics. The applied courses, which support the TESL certificate program, concentrate on English. They cover the phonetics, the grammar, the acquisition, and the teaching of English as a second language.
Through the courses offered by the Linguistics Program and related programs across the university, students can explore the breadth of linguistic study through additional courses in psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and historical linguistics. Those students who wish to concentrate on one particular topic have the option of taking a special topics course or doing an independent study course with a faculty member.
Qualified undergraduate students may register for 500-600 level courses (except for LING 520) with prior written approval of the director. If students want to use a graduate course for credit toward their undergraduate degree, they need to submit the Graduate Course for Undergraduate Credit form. If they want to reserve the course so that they can apply it to a graduate degree at George Mason or elsewhere, they need to submit the Reserve Graduate Credit form. These forms need to be filed with the Office of the Registrar.
Students who are not in the Linguistics Phd program may register for LING 770, LING 782, LING 788, and any 800-level LING course only with permission of instructor.