Northeastern Illinois University

 

Graduate Program

Degree Requirements
• 12 courses/36 hours of course work
• Cumulative 3.0 GPA in Linguistics courses with no more than 2 grades of C or below
• Successful completion of a Linguistics Capstone course; oral defense of Capstone project.

Required Courses
LING-401 Fundamentals of Modern Linguistics
LING-405 Typology
LING-422 Phonology
LING-427 Morphology or LING-435 Semantics
LING-437 Generative Grammar
LING-446 Sociolinguistics
LING-450 First Language Acquisition


Electives
*Elective courses marked with an asterisk may be selected as a Capstone.

LING-430 Structure of Language*
LING-433 Lexicology
LING-438 Syntax
LING-448 Discourse Analysis*
LING-449 Anthropological Linguistics*
LING-452 Psycholinguistics
LING-453 Language Contact*
LING-454 Language and Identity*
LING-471 World Englishes*
LING-472 American English--History and Growth
LING-473 The English Language--History and Development
LING-475 Historical and Comparative Linguistics
LING-481 Language and Tourism
LING-482 Stylistics*
LING-483 Field Methods in Linguistics
LING-484 Language Endangerment and Documentation
LING-488 Language and Cultures of Iran*
LING-489 Linguistics in the Professions
LING-491 Translation and Linguistic Analysis : Topics Varies*
LING-491 E Translation and Linguistic Analysis : Aleut*
LING-491 F Translation and Linguistic Analysis : Mandan*
LING-491 N Translation and Linguistic Analysis : Biloxi*
LING-492 Seminar : Linguistics and Related Fields*
LING-493 Seminar : Linguistic Theory*
LING-494 Seminar : Historical Linguistics OR LING-499 Thesis Seminar*

Thesis and Capstone
Students may choose to complete their MA degree through either a Capstone Experience or the Thesis Seminar. Both options engage students in an assessment component that authentically addresses and evaluates their knowledge and skills in linguistics and applied linguistics. All Linguistics MA students will be required to complete the Capstone Course or the Thesis with a grade of ‘B’ or better.

1) The Capstone Course
The Linguistics MA capstone experience has two components. The first is completion of a capstone course ( see Capstone Courses listed under Electives) and as discussed with the capstone instructor. The second component is a power-point presentation of the capstone paper at the NEIU Student Symposium or at a Linguistics Department Colloquium.
The Capstone Experience offers students a unique opportunity to integrate their MA Linguistics education. The Capstone courses require students to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of linguistics.  Students complete their capstone research by demonstrating their understanding of how 2-3 linguistic sub-areas covered in the 7 required courses are relevant to the content of the capstone course and paper. The product of this capstone experience will be a research paper that is appropriate for conference presentation and / or publication. Students will have completed the 7 required courses with a B average or higher, received candidacy for the Master of Art in Linguistics, and have obtained the approval of their graduate advisor before registering for a capstone course.
2) Thesis Option
Students will work with a committee of three Linguistics faculties to conduct original research and to write a thesis. Students will have completed the 7 required courses with a B average or higher, received candidacy for the Master of Art in Linguistics, and have obtained the approval of their graduate advisor before registering for a Thesis seminar.