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Linguistics Requirements & Courses


Requirements & Courses

As a Linguistics Ph.D. student, you are required to take linguistics seminars and courses in literature. You may also take a range of courses in pedagogy, theory, folklore, rhetoric and creative writing. Upon completion of coursework, you will take comprehensive exams and write a dissertation based on your research in linguistics studies.

The Ph.D. requires a total of 72 hours, split between coursework (48) and dissertation research (24). Courses include required linguistics seminars, and elective minor areas in English and American literature, creative writing, folklore, and rhetoric and composition. For the most part, these requirements aim to provide a generalist education, and the flexibility needed for each your concentration and research interests.


You may take your comprehensive exams beginning in the semester after you complete your coursework and foreign language requirements. Following exam specifications required of your concentration, students select four areas for examination, one primary area and three secondary areas. You may opt to take two additional courses to replace one minor exam.. Talk to your advisor for more information.


Linguistics students complete a book-length scholarly dissertation which engages issues, ideas, and/or practice of linguistics studies.