Program of Study: M.A. in Linguistics

Program of Study

Core Courses

LIN 701 Phonology I (4)
LIN 731 Phonology II (3)
LIN 702 Generative Linguistics I (4)
LIN 733 Generative Linguistics II (3)
LIN 721 Cognitive Linguistics (4)
LIN 732 Cognitive Linguistics II (3)
LIN 703 Proseminar (1)
LIN 771 Field Methods (4)

Program Requirements

Elective Courses in Linguistics

Students must complete at least 15 credit hours of elective graduate courses in linguistics. Elective courses are selected from a list of at least 7 approved courses in consultation with the student's advisor. Elective courses may be taken through the consortium and should focus on aspects of linguistic theory or research related to the student's professional goals.

Siena School for Liberal Arts: Gallaudet University has an agreement in place whereby students can take summer courses offered by the Siena School for Liberal Arts in Siena, Italy, for elective credit.  Please see for details - look for the Siena School information at the bottom of the homepage.

Sign Language Fluency

All applicants to the program must have sufficient skill and experience in American Sign Language (ASL) to participate fully in classroom discussions conducted in ASL. Applicants are requested to provide a brief video in ASL as part of their application materials. Please contact the Department for video guidelines.

Qualifying Examinations

All students must take qualifying examinations during the first year of coursework. Students who do not achieve a passing score will be dismissed from the program.

Typical Program of Study (M.A.)

Semester I - Fall

LIN 701 Phonology I (4)
LIN 702 Generative Linguistics I (4)
LIN 721 Cognitive Linguistics I (4)

Semester II - Spring

LIN 703 Proseminar (1)
LIN 731 Phonology II (3)
LIN 732 Cognitive Linguistics II (3)
LIN 733 Generative Linguistics II (3)

Semester III - Fall

LIN 771 Field Methods (4)
Elective #1- Choice 1 of 3 courses (see list below) (3)
Elective #2- Choice 2 of 3 courses (see list below) (3)

Semester IV - Spring

Elective #3- Choice 1 of 4 courses (see list below) (3)
Elective #4- Choice 2 of 4 courses (see list below) (3)
Elective #5- Choice 3 of 4 courses (see list below) (3)

List of electives to choose from (sample selection):

LIN 510 Language Acquisition
LIN 543 Bilingualism
LIN 585 Prosody in Spoken and Signed Languages
LIN 741 Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities
LIN 745 Language and Culture
LIN 811 First Language Acquisition
LIN 812 Second Language Acquisition
LIN 841 Discourse Analysis
LIN 860 Language Variation

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