Graduate School and Professional Studies
Sorenson Language and Communication Center, Room 3200
Paul G. Dudis, Ph.D. (Chair); Ceil Lucas, Ph.D.; Susan M. Mather, Ph.D.; Gaurav Mathur, Ph.D.; Kristin J. Mulrooney, Ph.D.; Deborah Chen Pichler, Ph.D.; Miako Villanueva, Ph.D.
The department is unique in that all students and faculty in the department share an abiding interest in the study of American Sign Language (ASL) and its use. The ongoing, innovative research carried out by the linguistics faculty is contributing substantially to what is known about the structure and use of sign languages. ASL and other sign languages are not only the subject of faculty and student research, but ASL is also the language of communication in the classroom. Deaf graduate students do not have to deal with the issue of finding competent interpreters for classroom lectures, meetings with faculty members, and meetings with other students. Normal day-to-day interaction with fellow graduate students happens easily in an environment where all students are skilled ASL signers.
All majors in Linguistics are required to pay lab fees of $50 per semester.
Except for LIN 521 and LIN 541, Linguistics graduate students (both M.A. and Ph.D.) may take 500-level linguistics courses as electives. These 500-level courses are also offered to students in the undergraduate Linguistics minor and graduate students in other programs.
Non-degree graduate special students may take courses in the linguistics program provided that they meet the course pre-requisites, have the necessary sign language skill, and have the permission of the instructor. Completion of courses as a special student does not guarantee later admission to a degree program.