MA in Linguistics

Northeastern Illinois University

Program Description

MA in Linguistics

Northeastern Illinois University

The M.A. in Linguistics focuses on investigating language from both theoretical and functional approaches. Our dynamic curriculum combines core studies in the structure of language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics) with current approaches in sociolinguistics, language acquisition, psycholinguistics, language contact, world Englishes, endangered languages and language documentation, discourse analysis, and identity studies.

Our carefully designed curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in the study and understanding of human language as a convergence of genetic, psychological and social systems and networks. We train students to critically examine and analyze the world within and around them—skills that can be applied to teaching, curriculum development, corporate cultures, legal contexts, intercultural communication, forensics, artificial intelligence, publishing, counseling, speech pathology, and child development. Knowledge of how and why we use language brings us closer to understanding who we are and how we can affect our worlds.


Program Benefits

Students who embark on the journey to mastery of a discipline do so for a variety of reasons: career enhancement or change, curiosity and love of learning, self-discovery, and, ultimately, personal fulfillment. Our Linguistics graduate program is unique in providing an emphasis on the analysis of both the structure and the function of language for professional careers and personal growth. Through coursework and hands-on research, students gain knowledge of:

  • the nature and structure of language
  • principles and methods of language analysis and documentation
  • relationships between language, mind, and cognition
  • the nature and process of language acquisition and multilingualism
  • relationships between language and cultural, national, social, and personal identity
  • the role of language as a mediator of intercultural understanding
  • how to apply their new-found expertise to a variety of professions

The M.A. in Linguistics also prepares students for doctoral study and research in linguistics, anthropology, education, psychology, and other related fields.


Career Options

An M.A. in Linguistics is a recognized asset for careers within the social and behavioral sciences.and will enhance your career opportunities in the following fields:

  • Technology: Work in speech recognition, text-to-speech synthesis, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and computer-mediated language learning.
  • Language preservation: Documentation and preservation of endangered languages, establishing literacy programs, translating documents for the preservation of cultural heritage.
  • Education: Teach English and other languages, develop language teaching curriculum, train teachers, design assessment.
  • College/University Teaching: Use your degree to teach linguistics course at colleges and universities.
  • Publishing: Take a position in editing, publishing, or writing.
  • Advertising and Branding: Develop advertising strategies and brand names.
  • Government agencies: Work for the Foreign Service, NSA, Department of Education, Department of Defense, FBI, or CIA.
  • Film and Theater: Create languages, coach dialects, and accents.
  • Consulting: Become a consultant on language and interaction in professions such as law or medicine.


Degree Requirements

12 courses/36 hours of coursework; Cumulative 3.0 GPA in Linguistics courses with no more than 2 grades of C; successful completion and oral defense of a Linguistics Capstone course or Thesis.

Required Courses
LING-401 Fundamentals Of Modern Linguistics 3
LING-405 Typology 3
LING-422 Phonetics & Phonology 3
LING-427 Morphology
or LING-435 Semantics
3
LING-437 Introduction To Generative Grammar 3
LING-446 Sociolinguistics 3
LING-448 Discourse Analysis 3
LING-450 First Language Aquisition 3
Electives 15
With advisor consent, choose 5 courses; or 3 courses and LING-590-1, -2, and -3. Total 15 hours of electives.
LING-430C Structure Of Language: Lakhota
LING-433 Lexicography
LING-438 Syntax
LING-440 Linguistics And Literacy
LING-447 The Origin Of Language
LING-448 Discourse Analysis
LING-449 Anthropological Linguistics
LING-452 Psycholinguistics
LING-453 Language Contact And Multilingualism
LING-454 Language and Identity
LING-461 Issues In Multiple Language Acquisition
LING-462 Lexical Acquisition
LING-471 World Englishes
LING-472 American English - History And Growth
LING-473 The English Language - History And Development
LING-475 Historical & Comparative Linguistics
LING-481 Language & Tourism
LING-482 Stylistics
LING-483 Field Methods In Linguistics
LING-484 Language Endangerment And Documentation
LING-489 Linguistics In The Professions
LING-488 Languages & Cultures Of Iran
LING-491E Translation And Linguistic Analysis: Aleut
LING-491F Translation: Mandan
LING-491N Translation: Biloxi
A total of 6 credits of Thesis Hours required (from the LING 590 series)
Total Hours 36

Completion of the M.A. in Linguistics

Students may choose to complete their MA degree through either a Capstone Experience or the Thesis Seminar. Both options engage students in an assessment component that authentically addresses and evaluates their knowledge and skills in linguistics and applied linguistics. Students will have completed the 9 required courses with a B average or higher, and have obtained the approval of their graduate advisor before registering for a capstone course or thesis.

The Capstone

The Linguistics MA capstone has two components. The first is the completion of a capstone course (see a list of Capstone Courses). The second component is a 20-minute presentation based on the capstone paper at the NEIU Student Symposium or at a Linguistics Department Student Colloquium.

The capstone offers students a unique opportunity to integrate their MA linguistics education and demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of linguistics. Students complete their capstone research by demonstrating how their understanding of a number of the linguistic sub-areas covered in the required courses are relevant to the content of their capstone course and paper. The product of this capstone experience will be a research paper that is appropriate for conference presentation and/or publication.

Thesis Option

Students will work with a committee of three Linguistics faculty to conduct original research and to write a thesis. Students will have completed the 9 required courses with a B average or higher, and have obtained the approval of their graduate advisor before registering for the thesis hours.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 18, 2018
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14,547 USD
In-state/neighboring state: $404.11/credit hour. Out-of-state: $808.22/credit hour. Fees: $71
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