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2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 12, 2024
2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Linguistics, MA

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The degree programs in linguistics combine a solid foundation in the core areas of linguistic theory (phonetics, phonology, syntax) with courses in specialized fields of applied linguistics, Hispanic linguistics and sociolinguistics/sociology of language. Within applied linguistics, students may choose from topics such as second language acquisition, language teaching methodology, and the development of teaching materials/tests. The department also offers a certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). In sociolinguistics, students may focus on discourse analysis, variation and change, and socio-phonetics. In Hispanic linguistics, students may focus on phonetics, sociolinguistics, and second language acquisition.

Other MA Requirements

Comprehensive exam : Students must attain a B+ in all core courses. If the grade is lower than a B+, a student must re-take the final exam the following year-or take an exam through other arrangements-and attain a grade of B+ on the exam, or retake the course.

Language requirement : Proficiency in one second language is required for the MA degree. This requirement is satisfied by examination for students whose native language is English. Students whose native language is not English and who complete their MA work with a grade point average of B (3.0) or better will have fulfilled this requirement automatically.

Portfolio Review: See the department’s graduate student handbook.

Required Core Courses for the MA/PhD

The following courses are required of all students in the MA/PhD program. Students entering with an MA degree from another institution may petition to have coursework taken for that MA degree apply to the PhD degree at Pitt. See also the Preliminary exam requirement.

Required courses that can be taken any time

Choose one advanced level core course approved by the student’s advisor.

Some example courses fulfilling this requirement::

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