The M.A. in Linguistics focuses on investigating language from both theoretical and functional approaches. Our dynamic curriculum combines core studies in the structure of language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics) with current approaches in sociolinguistics, language acquisition, psycholinguistics, language contact, world Englishes, endangered languages and language documentation, discourse analysis, and identity studies.
Our carefully designed curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in the study and understanding of human language as a convergence of genetic, psychological and social systems and networks. We train students to critically examine and analyze the world within and around them—skills that can be applied to teaching, curriculum development, corporate cultures, legal contexts, intercultural communication, forensics, artificial intelligence, publishing, counseling, speech pathology, and child development. Knowledge of how and why we use language brings us closer to understanding who we are and how we can affect our worlds.
Students who embark on the journey to mastery of a discipline do so for a variety of reasons: career enhancement or change, curiosity and love of learning, self-discovery, and, ultimately, personal fulfillment. Our Linguistics graduate program is unique in providing an emphasis on the analysis of both the structure and the function of language for professional careers and personal growth. Through coursework and hands-on research, students gain knowledge of:
- the nature and structure of language
- principles and methods of language analysis and documentation
- relationships between language, mind, and cognition
- the nature and process of language acquisition and multilingualism
- relationships between language and cultural, national, social, and personal identity
- the role of language as a mediator of intercultural understanding
- how to apply their new-found expertise to a variety of professions
The M.A. in Linguistics also prepares students for doctoral study and research in linguistics, anthropology, education, psychology, and other related fields.
Academic Catalog Information
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Department and Contact Information
If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Linguistics at (773) 442-5871.
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