Master of Arts in Linguistics

 

Coordinator

Troi Carleton
Email: troi@sfsu.edu
Phone: 415-338-3156
Building: Humanities 428

Description

The M.A. in Linguistics provides students with a solid grounding in the tools of language analysis. The course offerings in contemporary linguistic theory cover a broad spectrum of the components of linguistic structure: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse analysis, cognitive linguistics and sociolinguistics. Students interested in any field involving language analysis — including but not limited to law, education, anthropology, sociology, psychology, computer science, and linguistics — benefit from preparation in examining language data with the rigorous methods of the discipline. Students who plan to teach or translate language gain a valuable background in the structure of English along with a deeper understanding of how grammar works in every language.

Since the program allows considerable choice in coursework beyond a basic set of core requirements, the student — in consultation with an adviser — can plan a program to suit individual interests and career requirements, including pathways that focus on computational and experimental linguistics in addition to cognitive linguistics. Teaching assistant opportunities enable students to apprentice with faculty who teach undergraduate language studies classes in order to gain knowledge, experience and the skills needed to teach linguistics concepts in the classroom.

Requirements/Guidelines

View requirements and guidelines in the SF State Bulletin.

 

Fall 2016 Linguistics/MA TESOL Schedule (PDF)

Related Resources


Linguistics Graduate Admission Procedures

Guidelines for applying to graduate studies at the University and in the English Department for a M.A. in Linguistics.

Languages Offered at SFSU

  • American Sign Language (Special Education 688, 689 and 690)
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Filipino
  • French
  • German
  • Greek (Ancient)
  • Greek (Modern)
  • Hebrew (Modern)
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Lingala (Black Studies 260)
  • Russian
  • Sanskrit (independent study for students already familiar with Sanskrit only)
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese (Asian American Studies 171 and 172)

Linguistics Electives (Graduate and Undergraduate)

A partial list of courses in other departments that students may find useful in selecting their electives. Check prerequisites and discuss your choices with your adviser before enrolling.

Culminating Experience in Linguistics

Students have two options: ENG 895 (Squibs) or ENG 898 (Thesis). Discuss with an adviser which option is best for you.

Fieldwork/Study Abroad in the Linguistics Program

The Language Studies program offers an exciting opportunity to be involved in a collaborative community-based research project involving the documentation and preservation of the oral tradition in the Zapotec dialect of Teotitlán del Valle, México.

Linguistics Resources and Forms

Professional organizations, catalogues and forms.

Fall 2017 Course Descriptions

Detailed Fall 2017 Course Descriptions

  • Undergraduate Writing Program Courses
  • English Education Program Courses
  • Composition Graduate Program Courses
  • Linguistics Program Courses
  • Literature Program Courses
  • MA TESOL Program Courses
  • Technical & Professional Writing Courses 

Current Class Schedule

See the department's class schedule for the semester.

  • English Education Program Courses
  • Composition Graduate Program Courses
  • Linguistics Program Courses
  • Literature Program Courses
  • MA TESOL Program Courses
  • Technical & Professional Writing Courses 

Career Options in Linguistics

The M.A. in Linguistics prepares students for a variety of teaching and research positions in which the emphasis is on the structure of language. The program provides a background for teachers of English at the secondary and community college levels and for other specialists in education. Graduates of the program may teach English language or writing, work in the fields of speech production or speech recognition, or go on to further study in linguistics or related disciplines.