Linguistics Requirements & Courses
Along with English department requirements, M.A. students with a concentration in Linguistics are required to take ENGL 506: Principles of Linguistics and at least two additional classes from the following list:
ENGL 405: History of the English Language
ENGL 413: Chaucer
ENGL 425: Semantics
ENGL 452: Language, Culture and Society
ENGL 455: Topics in Linguistics
ENGL 458: Investigating Text and Talk
ENGL 502: Old English Grammar and Readings
ENGL 503: Beowulf
ENGL 553: Seminar in Linguistics
ENGL 675: Special Topics in Literature and Communication
We offer graduate courses in General Linguistics, Applied Linguistics (TESOL), and English Linguistics.
ENGL 425(G) - Semantics
Examines how meaning is expressed in language.
ENGL 452(G) - Language, Culture and Society
Dialect variations in languages due to race, social group, sex, region, etc., as well as the predominant attitudes associated with such variety and the social, economic, political and educational implications of these attitudes.
ENGL 455(G) - Topics in Linguistics
Content varies. May be repeated for credit twice.
ENGL 458(G) - Investigating Text and Talk
Application of linguistic principles to analysis of texts and verbal interaction.
ENGL 506 - Principles of Linguistics
In-depth introduction to the principles of linguistics, including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics.
ENGL 553 - Seminar in Linguistics
Content varies. May be repeated for credit. Topics in language study.
ENGL 402(G): Survey of Old English Literature
Major prose and poetic works in translation, from the beginning to 1100.
ENGL 405(G) - History of the English Language
Precursors of Old English to modern period.
ENGL 413(G) - Chaucer
Chaucer’s major works, especially The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde, with some attention to reading in Middle English.
ENGL 502 - Old English Grammar and Readings
Stress on grammar with readings in prose and poetry, exclusive of Beowulf.
ENGL 503 - Beowulf
Translation and close critical analysis of the Old English epic with some attention to the historical and linguistic setting.
ENGL 513 - Studies in Chaucer
Works of Chaucer and relevant critical problems.
Applied Linguistics (TESOL)
ENGL 561 - Syntax, Morphology, and Semantics for ESOL Teachers
English syntax, morphology, and semantics which focuses on the challenges non-native speakers face when learning the language.
ENGL 562 - Applied Phonetics and Pronunciation Teaching
English phonetics and phonology which focuses on the challenges non-native speakers face when learning the language.
ENGL 563 - Second Language Acquisition in TESOL
Second language acquisition theories and practice with special reference to the teaching of English.
ENGL 564 - TESOL Practicum”
You may elect to write a thesis on a linguistics topic, directed by one of our linguistics faculty. Further information about the M.A. thesis is available in the Graduate Student Handbook.