Linguistics - Graduate Programs

Objectives

Linguistics is the scientific study of language, investigating the systematic aspects of sound patterns, word formation, sentences, and meaning. The Department of Linguistics and TESOL at the University of Texas at Arlington provides training in both linguistics and TESOL. In terms of linguistics degrees, the Department trains students so that they can describe, analyze and apply theories to data representing the core areas of the field: phonology (sound patterns), syntax (sentence structure), semantics (meaning), and pragmatics (meaning in context). Students receive a foundation that requires courses in theoretical phonology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, but there are also opportunities to build on these areas in terms of language documentation/field linguistics, corpus approaches, and experimental investigations. Many linguistics students pursue additional studies or doctoral concentrations in second language acquisition or work on an understudied or endangered language, areas in which Department faculty have considerable expertise. In terms of TESOL degrees, the programs cover relevant linguistic training, paired with courses in methodology and pedagogy, to equip graduates for professional careers in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). The TESOL degree programs include practicum and internship components so that students learn the theories that underlie the practice, but also receive ample opportunities to put those theories and skills into practice. Required course content includes second language acquisition, the phonological and grammatical structure of English, and curriculum design. There are also several courses where linguistics and TESOL students find their studies intersecting, such as in the second language acquisition, pragmatics, bilingualism, or language revitalization courses, which can be used as electives or specialization courses in various degree programs.

For further information on graduate degree programs in Linguistics, consult the program’s Web site at http://www.uta.edu/linguistics/current-students/degrees/index.php or contact the Graduate Advisor.

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Graduate programs in TESOL are primarily designed for those with a background in English language and literature and/or education who plan to go on to teach English to adult learners. A graduate career in TESOL may also be appropriate to those with undergraduate study in a foreign language, international studies, or community development.

Admission Requirements for Graduate Degree Programs in Linguistics

In evaluating candidates for admissions to its graduate degree programs, the Linguistics & TESOL Faculty has adopted a comprehensive approach that is sensitive to the diversity of backgrounds of its applicants. To this end, the following constellation of quantitative and qualitative factors has been established to make explicit the range of criteria upon which admissions decisions will be based. These factors are then applied to the Admission Metrics established for each degree program. (See below for admission requirements for the Graduate Certificate in TESOL.)

Admission Factors

Admission decisions into a degree program in the Department of Linguistics & TESOL are made on the basis of two types of factors, quantitative and qualitative. PhD applicants must include an academic writing sample.

  1. Quantitative Factors
    1. Grade Point Average (GPA)
      1. For M.A. program applicants, undergraduate GPA is determined by the U.T. Arlington Graduate School.
      2. For Ph.D. program applicants, GPA is based on all graduate work completed and recorded at the time the applicant submits an application for admission.
      3. For BA-to-PhD applicants, GPA is on the undergraduate GPA as determined by the U.T. Arlington Graduate School.
    2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores. All applicants are required to submit GRE scores. There are no exceptions. The Department of Linguistics & TESOL evaluates each applicant’s sub-scores separately: verbal, quantitative, and analytical.
    3. TOEFL Scores (international applications only) Applicants for whom English is not their native language and who have not been granted either an undergraduate or graduate degree by an English-medium institution must also present a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS equivalent score. There are no exceptions.
  2. Qualitative Factors
    1. Letters of Recommendation. Each applicant must present three (3) letters of recommendation that unequivocally indicate that the applicant is prepared for and capable of successful graduate study in linguistics or TESOL at U.T. Arlington. The letters should further indicate that the applicant is capable of completing the appropriate degree program.
    2. Statement of intent for academic study in our department. Each applicant must write a statement that explains their plan of study and specialization in our department. The statement will be evaluated on the degree to which it is clear, reasonable, and consistent with the research and teaching agenda of the current faculty in Linguistics & TESOL at U.T. Arlington. Prospective applicants should consider the departmental website and faculty research and teaching areas as they evaluate whether they would be able to accomplish their plan of study in our department, especially if they are applying to the doctoral program. Possible areas of specialization are those outlined at http://www.uta.edu/linguistics/current-students/degrees/phd-linguistics/index.php.The statement should also convey a level of commitment and maturity commensurate with the applicant’s desired degree goals.
    3. Undergraduate Preparation. Applicants to the M.A. in TESOL program should have passed the following three courses or reasonable equivalents as determined by the graduate advisor (U.T. Arlington equivalents are noted in parentheses):
      1. English composition (ENGL 1302 RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II)
      2. A course on English-language literature (ENGL 2319 BRITISH LITERATURE, ENGL 2329 AMERICAN LITERATURE)
      3. The equivalent of a fourth-semester course in a foreign language (SPAN 2314 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II, FREN 2314 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II, etc.). Students whose undergraduate education was delivered in a language other than English are exempt from this requirement.
    4. Applicants to the M.A. in Linguistics or Ph.D. in Linguistics programs should have passed the following three courses or reasonable equivalents as determined by the graduate advisor (U.T. Arlington equivalents are noted as in parentheses):
      1. English composition (ENGL 1302 RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II)
      2. College-level mathematics (MATH 1302 COLLEGE ALGEBRA)
      3. A laboratory science (any 1000-level course in BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or PHYS; LING 5322 LABORATORY PHONOLOGY may also be used to fulfill this requirement)
    5. Applicants to the Ph.D. and the BA-to-Ph.D in Linguistics programs should present all of the following: evidence of research activity during undergraduate studies; an undergraduate transcript showing courswork which demonstrates that the applicant has passed with a B or higher the following three courses or reasonable equivalents as determined by the graduate advisor (U.T. Arlington equivalents are noted as in parentheses):
      1. Introduction to linguistics (LING 3311 INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTIC SCIENCE/LING 5300 LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS)
      2. Phonetics and phonology (LING 3330 PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY)
      3. Morphology and syntax (LING 3340 SYNTAX I)
    6. Previous Graduate Work (Ph.D. applicants only.) Ph.D. applicants must present at least 30 semester credit hours of previous graduate-level coursework in any field (not necessarily linguistics) and must meet the linguistics course equivalents (LING 3311 INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTIC SCIENCE/LING 5300 LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS, LING 3330 PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY, LING 3340 SYNTAX I).
    7. Ph.D. applicants who present fewer than 30 semester credit hours will be assessed based on whether they meet the criteria for unconditional admission for the accelerated Ph.D. in linguistics, and whether their coursework includes the linguistics course equivalents (LING 3311 INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTIC SCIENCE/LING 5300 LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS, LING 3330 PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY, LING 3340 SYNTAX I). Such candidates who meet the unconditional admission criterion and who also have passed the three linguistics course equivalents will be considered for the BA-to-PhD program (i.e., "doctoral-bound"). Ph.D. applicants who present fewer than 30 semester credit hours and do not meet the unconditional admission criterion AND also the criterion of passing the three linguistics course equivalents will automatically be considered as applicants to the M.A. Linguistics program.
    8. Writing Sample (required for PhD applicants, optional for other programs): Applicants must submit an academic writing sample (research paper) of 20 pages or less. The paper must be in an area of language or linguistic study, and demonstrate a strong prose style, a solid handle on argumentation, and the ability to do academic research in linguistics or a closely related field.

Admission Metrics

In formulating a recommendation for admission, the graduate advisors will apply the following admission metrics to each applicant’s admission dossier.

  1. M.A. in TESOL
    1. Unconditional Admission. Typically, applicants for the M.A. in TESOL will be offered unconditional admission if they meet either of the following two sets of criteria:
      1. The applicant presents an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, a GRE Verbal score of at least 550 (156 on the 2011 or later version), a GRE Quantitative score of at least 450 (141 on the 2011 or later version), a GRE Analytical score of at least 4.5, and a full set of Qualitative Factors.. In addition, applicants for whom English is not their native language and who have not been granted an undergraduate degree by an English-medium institution must also present a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 100 iBt, or 250 if computer based, or 600 if paper based.
      2. The applicant presents an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5, a GRE Verbal score of at least 500 (153 on the 2011 or later version), a GRE Quantitative score of at least 400 (140 on the 2011 or later version), a GRE Analytical score of at least 4.0, and a full set of Qualitative Factors. In addition, applicants for whom English is not their native language and who have not been granted an undergraduate degree by a English-medium institution must also present a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 100 iBt, or 250 if computer based, or 600 if paper based.
    2. Probationary Admission. Applicants for the M.A. in TESOL typically present a complete application that has one of the following:
      1. includes a GRE Verbal score of less than 500 (153);; or
      2. includes a GRE Quantitative score of less than 400 (140); or
      3. includes a GRE Analytical score of less than 4.0; or
      4. lacks the undergraduate preparation specified above but who otherwise meet a majority of the remaining admission criteria (including an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0), will be eligible for probationary admission. Students on probation must:
        • complete any undergraduate courses necessary for unconditional admission during their first two semesters of study; and
        • achieve a GPA of at least 3.3 in the first 9 graduate-level courses taken as an M.A. TESOL student.
  2. M.A. in Linguistics
    1. Unconditional Admission. Typically, applicants for the M.A. in Linguistics will be offered unconditional admission if they meet either of the following sets of criteria:
      1. The applicant presents an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, a GRE Verbal score of at least 450 (150 on the 2011 or later version), a GRE Quantitative score of at least 550 (146 on the 2011 or later system), a GRE Analytical score of at least 4.5, and a full set of acceptable Qualitative Factors In addition, applicants for whom English in not their native language and who have not been granted an undergraduate degree by an English-medium institution must also present a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 100 iBt, or 250 if computer based, or 600 if paper based.
      2. The applicant presents an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5, a GRE Verbal score of at least 400 (146 on the 2011 or later version), a GRE Quantitative score of at least 500 (144 on the 201a or later system), a GRE Analytical score of at least 4.0, and a full set of acceptable Qualitative Factors. In addition, applicants for whom English is not their native language and who have not been granted an undergraduate degree by an English-medium institution must also present a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 100 iBt, or 250 if computer based, or 600 if paper based.
    2. Probationary Admission. Applicants for the M.A. in Linguistics typically present a complete application that has one of the following:
      1. includes a GRE Verbal score of less than 400 (146); or
      2. includes a GRE Quantitative score of less than 500 (144); or
      3. includes a GRE Analytical score of less than 4.0; or
      4. lacks the undergraduate preparation specified above, but who otherwise meet a majority of the remaining admission criteria (including an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0), will be eligible for probationary admission. Students on probation must:
        • complete any undergraduate courses necessary for unconditional admission during their first two semesters of study; and
        • achieve a GPA of at least 3.3 in the first 9 graduate-level credit hours (in LING courses) as an M.A. Linguistics student.

Master's Degree Requirements

Linguistics

Graduate programs in linguistics are primarily designed for those with a background in one or more foreign languages and/or a background in the linguistic aspects of the English language. A graduate career in linguistics may also be appropriate to those with undergraduate study in anthropology, psychology, philosophy, or religion. Applicants without formal training in linguistics are invited to apply, provided that they are prepared to meet the department’s requirements for leveling courses.

Requirements for master’s and doctoral degrees are given in the Advanced Degrees and Requirements section of this catalog. In addition, the following apply to those pursuing a graduate degree in linguistics:

All students pursing a graduate degree in linguistics must meet the degree prerequisites (i.e., leveling courses) and must take the core courses appropriate to their degree as published on the department’s Web site, http://www.uta.edu/linguistics/current-students/degrees/index.php.

Linguistics Degree Plans

M.A. Non-Thesis Degree Plan: 36 hours of graduate-level coursework plus comprehensive examination on the coursework. Students requiring leveling courses must take from three to to nine additional hours, for a total of up to 45 hours.

TESOL Degree Plans

Requirements for master’s degrees are given in the Advanced Degrees and Requirements section of this catalog. In addition, the following apply to those pursuing a graduate degree in TESOL:

M.A. Non-Thesis Degree Plan: 36 hours of graduate-level coursework plus comprehensive examination on the coursework.

All M.A. TESOL students must demonstrate knowledge of a foreign language prior to unconditional admission to the degree program. Those without such background may pursue study of a foreign language at U.T. Arlington concurrent with probationary enrollment in the M.A. TESOL program.

For additional information on prerequisites or degree requirements, consult the Graduate Advisor.

Admission Requirements for Graduate Degree Programs in Linguistics

In evaluating candidates for admissions to its graduate degree programs, the Linguistics & TESOL Faculty has adopted a comprehensive approach that is sensitive to the diversity of backgrounds of its applicants. To this end, the following constellation of quantitative and qualitative factors has been established to make explicit the range of criteria upon which admissions decisions will be based. These factors are then applied to the Admission Metrics established for each degree program. (See below for admission requirements for the Graduate Certificate in TESOL.)

Admission Factors

Admission decisions into a degree program in the Department of Linguistics & TESOL are made on the basis of two types of factors, quantitative and qualitative. PhD applicants must include an academic writing sample.

  1. Quantitative Factors
    1. Grade Point Average (GPA)
      1. For M.A. program applicants, undergraduate GPA is determined by the U.T. Arlington Graduate School.
      2. For Ph.D. program applicants, GPA is based on all graduate work completed and recorded at the time the applicant submits an application for admission.
      3. For BA-to-PhD applicants, GPA is on the undergraduate GPA as determined by the U.T. Arlington Graduate School.
    2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores. All applicants are required to submit GRE scores. There are no exceptions. The Department of Linguistics & TESOL evaluates each applicant’s sub-scores separately: verbal, quantitative, and analytical.
    3. TOEFL Scores (international applications only) Applicants for whom English is not their native language and who have not been granted either an undergraduate or graduate degree by an English-medium institution must also present a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS equivalent score. There are no exceptions.
  2. Qualitative Factors
    1. Letters of Recommendation. Each applicant must present three (3) letters of recommendation that unequivocally indicate that the applicant is prepared for and capable of successful graduate study in linguistics or TESOL at U.T. Arlington. The letters should further indicate that the applicant is capable of completing the appropriate degree program.
    2. Statement of intent for academic study in our department. Each applicant must write a statement that explains their plan of study and specialization in our department. The statement will be evaluated on the degree to which it is clear, reasonable, and consistent with the research and teaching agenda of the current faculty in Linguistics & TESOL at U.T. Arlington. Prospective applicants should consider the departmental website and faculty research and teaching areas as they evaluate whether they would be able to accomplish their plan of study in our department, especially if they are applying to the doctoral program. Possible areas of specialization are those outlined at http://www.uta.edu/linguistics/current-students/degrees/phd-linguistics/index.php. The statement should also convey a level of commitment and maturity commensurate with the applicant’s desired degree goals.
    3. Undergraduate Preparation. Applicants to the M.A. in TESOL program should have passed the following three courses or reasonable equivalents as determined by the graduate advisor (U.T. Arlington equivalents are noted in parentheses):
      1. English composition (ENGL 1302 RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II)
      2. A course on English-language literature (ENGL 2319 BRITISH LITERATURE, ENGL 2329 AMERICAN LITERATURE)
      3. The equivalent of a fourth-semester course in a foreign language (SPAN 2314 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II, FREN 2314 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II, etc.). Students whose undergraduate education was delivered in a language other than English are exempt from this requirement.
    4. Applicants to the M.A. in Linguistics or Ph.D. in Linguistics programs should have passed the following three courses or reasonable equivalents as determined by the graduate advisor (U.T. Arlington equivalents are noted as in parentheses):
      1. English composition (ENGL 1302 RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II)
      2. College-level mathematics (MATH 1302 COLLEGE ALGEBRA)
      3. A laboratory science (any 1000-level course in BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or PHYS; LING 5322 LABORATORY PHONOLOGY may also be used to fulfill this requirement)
    5. Applicants to the Ph.D. and the BA-to-Ph.D in Linguistics programs should present all of the following: evidence of research activity during undergraduate studies; an undergraduate transcript showing courswork which demonstrates that the applicant has passed with a B or higher the following three courses or reasonable equivalents as determined by the graduate advisor (U.T. Arlington equivalents are noted as in parentheses):
      1. Introduction to linguistics (LING 3311 INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTIC SCIENCE/LING 5300 LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS)
      2. Phonetics and phonology (LING 3330 PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY)
      3. Morphology and syntax (LING 3340 SYNTAX I)
    6. Previous Graduate Work (Ph.D. applicants only.) Ph.D. applicants must present at least 30 semester credit hours of previous graduate-level coursework in any field (not necessarily linguistics) and must meet the linguistics course equivalents (LING 3311 INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTIC SCIENCE/LING 5300 LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS, LING 3330 PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY, LING 3340 SYNTAX I).
    7. Ph.D. applicants who present fewer than 30 semester credit hours will be assessed based on whether they meet the criteria for unconditional admission for the accelerated Ph.D. in linguistics, and whether their coursework includes the linguistics course equivalents (LING 3311 INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTIC SCIENCE/LING 5300 LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS, LING 3330 PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY, LING 3340 SYNTAX I). Such candidates who meet the unconditional admission criterion and who also have passed the three linguistics course equivalents will be considered for the BA-to-PhD program (i.e., "doctoral-bound"). Ph.D. applicants who present fewer than 30 semester credit hours and do not meet the unconditional admission criterion AND also the criterion of passing the three linguistics course equivalents will automatically be considered as applicants to the M.A. Linguistics program.
    8. Writing Sample (required for PhD applicants, optional for other programs): Applicants must submit an academic writing sample (research paper) of 20 pages or less. The paper must be in an area of language or linguistic study, and demonstrate a strong prose style, a solid handle on argumentation, and the ability to do academic research in linguistics or a closely related field.

Admission Metrics

In formulating a recommendation for admission, the graduate advisors will apply the following admission metrics to each applicant’s admission dossier.

  1. BA-to-PhD applicants in Linguistics
    1. Unconditional admission. Typically, applicants for the BA-to-Ph.D. in Linguistics program must be admitted unconditionally. Unconditional admission requirements are as follows. The applicant presents an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.6 (on a 4.0 scale) based on upper division course work (junior and senior level or equivalent) in a four year BA in linguistics program or a BA or BS in an allied field. Regardless of degree program, the coursework must include courses equivalent to LING 3330 PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY and LING 3340 SYNTAX I. In additon, the applicant presents a GRE Verbal score of at least 450, a GRE Quantitative score of at least 550, a GRE Analytical score of at least 4.0, and a full set of excellent Qualitative Factors. In addition, applicants for whom English is not their native language and who have not been granted an undergraduate degree by an English-medium institution must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 100 iBt, or 250 if computer based, or 600 if paper based(or its IELTS equivalent) and also submit a score from the Test of Spoken English, the Speaking Section of the TOEFL iBT, or the Speaking Section of the IELTS that documents the applicant’s proficiency in spoken English. The speaking score is used for making determination for assistantships; applicants who wish to be considered for an assistantship must receive a score of 45 or higher on the TSE, a score of 23 on the Speaking Setion of the TOEFL iBT, or a score of 7 on the Speaking Section of the IELTS. This and other requirements for holding an assistantship are described in the Graduate Assistantship/Associateship Policy.
  2. Ph.D. in Linguistics
    1. Unconditional Admission. Typically, applicants for the Ph.D. in Linguistics will be eligible for unconditional admission if they meet either of the following sets of criteria:
      1. The applicant presents a graduate GPA of at least 3.3, a GRE Verbal score of at least 500 (153 on the 2011 or later version), a GRE Quantitative score of at least 600 (148 on the 2011 or later version), a GRE Analytical score of at least 4.5, and a full set of excellent Qualitative Factors. In addition, applicants for whom English is not their native language and who have not been granted an undergraduate degree by an English-medium institution must also submit scores on the Speaking section of either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS.In addition, applicants for whom English is not their native language and who have not been granted an undergraduate degree by an English-medium institution must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 100 iBt, or 250 if computer based, or 600 if paper based (or its IELTS equivalent) and also submit a score from the Test of Spoken English, the Speaking Section of the TOEFL iBT,or the Speaking Section of the IELTS. that documents the applicant’s proficiency in spoken English. The speaking score is used for making determinations for assistantships; applicants who wish to be considered for an assistantship must receive a score of 45 or higher on the TSE, a score of 23 on the Speaking Section of the TOEFL iBT, or a score of 7 on the Speaking Section of the IELTS. This and other requirements for holding an assistantship are described in the University’s Graduate Assistantship/Associateship Policy.
      2. The applicant presents an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.6, a GRE Verbal score of at least 450 (150 on the 2011 or later version), a GRE Quantitative score of at least 550 (146 on the 2011 or later version), a GRE Analytical score of at least 4.0, and a full set of excellent Qualitative Factors. In addition, applicants for whom English is not their native language and who have not been granted an undergraduate degree by an English-medium institution must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 100 iBt, or 250 if computer based, or 600 if paper based (or its IELTS equivalent) and also submit a score from the Test of Spoken English, the Speaking Section of the TOEFL iBT,or the Speaking Section of the IELTS. that documents the applicants’ proficiency in spoken English. The speaking score is used for making determinations for assistantships; applicants who wish to considered for an assistantship must receive a score of 45 or higher on the TSE, a score of 23 on the Speaking Section of the TOEFL iBT, or a score of 7 on the Speaking Section of the IELTS. This and other requirements for holding an assistantship are described in the University’s Graduate Assistantship/Associateship Policy.
    2. Probationary Admission. Applicants for the Ph.D. in Linguistics typically present a complete application that has one of the following:
      1. includes a GRE Verbal score of less than 450 (150);
      2. or includes a GRE Quantitative score of less than 550 (146); or
      3. includes a GRE Analytical score of less than 4.0
      4. lacks the undergraduate preparation specified above but who otherwise meet a majority of the remaining admission criteria (including a graduate GPA of at least 3.3 and for doctoral admissions, presents strong qualitative materials), will be considered for probationary admission. Students on probation must:
        • Deferred Admission Applicants for whom the admission file is incomplete will have a final decision admission deferred. In such cases, a final decision will be made only when the applicant presents a complete admission file.
        • Denial of Admission Applicants who do not meet a majority of the admission standards (both quantitative and qualitative) set forth above will be denied admission. For doctoral admission in particular, qualitative factors such as writing sample, statement of intent, or area of intended work may result in a student being denied admission even when quantitative factors are met.
        • Regarding Provisional Admission: The Department of Linguistics and TESOL does not permit Provisional Admission. All applicants must present a complete set of credentials before their application will be evaluated.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

Linguistics

Graduate programs in linguistics are primarily designed for those with a background in one or more foreign languages and/or a background in the linguistic aspects of the English language. A graduate career in linguistics may also be appropriate to those with undergraduate study in anthropology, psychology, philosophy, or religion. Applicants without formal training in linguistics are invited to apply, provided that they are prepared to meet the department’s requirements for leveling courses.

Requirements for master’s and doctoral degrees are given in the Advanced Degrees and Requirements section of this catalog. In addition, the following apply to those pursuing a graduate degree in linguistics:

All students pursing a graduate degree in linguistics must meet the degree prerequisites (i.e., leveling courses) and must take the core courses appropriate to their degree as published on the department’s Web site, http://www.uta.edu/linguistics/current-students/degrees/index.php.

Ph.D. Degree Plan

Students entering the Ph.D. program (including those entering as doctoral-bound) must enter having the equivalent of LING 5300 LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS/LING 3311 INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTIC SCIENCE, LING 3330 PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY, and LING 3340 SYNTAX I. The first semester of the program requires enrollment in LING 5320 PHONOLOGICAL THEORY and LING 5330 FORMAL SYNTAX. The doctoral degree requires graduate coursework as follows: 18 hours of linguistic core courses, 9 hours of methods courses, 3 hours of professional development, 6 hours in an area of specialization, 6 hours of seminar courses (separate from other requirements and with at least one in planned area of specialization), 3 hours of electives, 3 hours of dissertation proposal preparation (LING 6391 RESEARCH IN LINGUISTICS) and 9 hours of dissertation (LING 6999 DISSERTATION). Students entering with a M.A. in linguistics may be able to waive up to 15 hours, at the discretion of the department, for equivalent courses completed at a B or higher in their master’s program.

Theoretical Core Courses
LING 5320PHONOLOGICAL THEORY3
LING 5321ADVANCED PHONOLOGICAL THEORY3
LING 5330FORMAL SYNTAX3
LING 5331ADVANCED FORMAL SYNTAX3
LING 5345SEMANTICS3
LING 5347PRAGMATICS3
Methods Courses9
Select three of the following four courses
FIELD METHODS
CORPUS LINGUISTICS
FIELD METHODS SEMINAR
RESEARCH DESIGN AND STATISTICS (or an approved course in research design or statistics offered by another department)
Professional Development Course
LING 6300PROFESSIONAL WRITING SEMINAR3
Specialization Courses6
Elective3
Seminar Requirement6
Select two of the following: 1
LINGUISTICS SEMINAR
SEMINAR IN PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY
SEMINAR IN SYNTAX
SEMINAR IN SEMANTICS AND PRAGMATICS
SEMINAR IN SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
Total Hours45
1

Students should consult with their advisor in planning choices; at least one seminar must be in area of specialization.

BA-to-PH.D. students must successfully defend their dissertation proposal in order to be granted the M.A. degree in linguistics.

All Ph.D. students must demonstrate knowledge of core areas in linguistics by passing the diagnostic examination requirement outlined on the departmental website.

Doctoral students must satisfy all the coursework requirements of the doctoral program (including specialization and seminar courses) prior to taking courses that do not fulfill the requirements. Any exception to this policy must be approved by a majority vote of the Graduate Studies Committee.

In addition, there are foreign language and professional activities requirements that must be met. Visit http://www.uta.edu/linguistics/current-students/degrees/phd-linguistics/index.php for details.

Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in TESOL

Students wishing to apply to the U.T. Arlington Graduate School solely for the purpose of earning the Graduate Certificate in TESOL must have earned an undergraduate degree at an accredited institution and present an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (as determined by the U.T. Arlington Graduate School). Applicants for whom English is not their native language and who have not been granted an undergraduate degree by an English-medium institution must also present a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 100 iBt, or 250 if computer based, or 600 if paper based.

Students seeking to transfer from Special Student or Certificate status into a graduate degree program at U.T. Arlington must re-apply to the U.T. Arlington Graduate School as degree-seeking students and meet all published admissions requirements, including those pertaining to standardized tests. No student will be "automatically" or "exceptionally" moved from Special Student or Certifciate status into any graduate degree program.

The Web site for the U.T. Arlington Office of Graduate Studies provides additional information about graduate study at U.T. Arlington and about the admission process, including general testing requirements and other paperwork. Students may apply for admission online or request application materials be sent via post.

Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

This program provides preparation through study and practice for the individual who wishes to teach English to speakers of other languages. It is available to any student who has been admitted to the Graduate School at U.T. Arlington.

The certificate requires:

Course Work
LING 5300LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS 1,33
LING 5301TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE 2,33
LING 5302METHODS IN TEACHING READING AND WRITING3
LING 5305SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION3
LING 5304PEDAGOGICAL GRAMMAR OF ENGLISH3
LING 5307PEDAGOGICAL PHONOLOGY OF ENGLISH3
or LING 5306 TESOL CURRICULUM DESIGN
or LING 5308 LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT
or LING 5326 BILINGUALISM
Practicum
LING 5110TESOL PRACTICUM1
Total Hours19
1

LING 5300 LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS (or equivalent linguistics course work) is a prerequisite for LING 5301 TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE, LING 5302 METHODS IN TEACHING READING AND WRITING, and LING 5305 SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION.

2

LING 5301 TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE is a prerequisite for LING 5304 PEDAGOGICAL GRAMMAR OF ENGLISH and LING 5307 PEDAGOGICAL PHONOLOGY OF ENGLISH PEDAGOGICAL PHONOLOGY OF ENGLISH.

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Even if the student presents an equivalency of LING 5300 LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS, LING 5301 TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE, and/or other course work, the 18-hour requirement must be met.

A maximum of three credit hours of course work done at another institution can be transferred and counted toward the certificate.

Upon beginning study for the certificate, the student should contact the Graduate Advisor in TESOL to declare the intention to earn the certificate.