5-Year Combined BA/MA in Linguistics

Overview of Steps 

Students in this program complete a total of 120 undergraduate credits and 36 graduate credits. Of the 120 UG credits, 12 credits taken during the 4th year can be transferred as graduate credits and counted towards the 36 credits.

1. Declare a Major in Linguistics

2. Complete the Requirements for the Linguistics BA

First three years (23-25 credits)

The following course requirements must be completed before the start of the 4th year.

Required Core Courses (9 credits)
LING 270S  Introduction to Linguistics 
LING 375X  Linguistic Ecology and Language Endangerment 
LING 470    Linguistic Analysis 

Required Seminar (3 credits)
LING 494    Linguistics Seminar

Language Courses (8-10 credits)
8 to 10 credits of language courses (typically two semesters) taken at UM.
Note: This requirement cannot be satisfied by Foreign Language course credits used to satisfy the General Education Requirement. 

Elective Courses (3 credits)
LING 473    Language and Culture 
LING 474    Historical Linguistics 
LING 475    Linguistic Field Methods 
LING 477    Bilingualism 
LING 478    Learner Language 
LING 484    North American Indigenous Languages and Linguistics 
CSD 210     Speech & Language Development
MCLG 410  Methods for Teaching Foreign Language
SPNS 305    Spanish Phonetics and Phonology 
SPNS 400    Applied Linguistics
ANTY 476    Methods for Native Languages

Note: LING 473 and LING 484 are advanced writing courses

 

3. Apply to the Linguistics Program (3rd Year).

During the Spring Semester of the 3rd year, students will fill out a pre-application form and submit it to the Director of the Linguistics Program before registering for the 4th year. Students must complete at least 96 credits before the start of the 4th year.

4. Take Graduate Courses (4th Year).

Students receive provisional sgraduate tatus and take the following four graduate level courses in the 4th year.

Fall Semester
LING 571 Phonetics and Phonology or LING 572 Syntax 
and
LING 494 Seminar

Spring Semester
LING 477 Bilingualism and LING 574 Historical Linguistics
or
LING 478 Learner Language and LING 573 Language and Culture

During the Spring Semester of the 4th year, students apply to the graduate school for admission to the MA program. (See admissions page)

In order to pursue the 5-Year Combined BA/MA program, student academic performance must meet the Degree Standards indicated in article B2.000 of the Graduate School’s Academic Policies. Also, students must earn a BA by completing the graduation application prior to the start of the 5th Year, and transfer graduate course credits to the Linguistics MA program in the 5th year.

5. Take Graduate Courses (5th Year).

Students who successfully complete the above requirements:

Transfer 12 credits (See 4. above)
Take 12 graduate credits per semester (see below)

 

6. Thesis and non-thesis options.

Thesis and non-thesis options are available. Any student may elect to pursue the non-thesis option. Students wishing to pursue the thesis option must be approved to do so by the Linguistics Program faculty. Students whose proposals are approved may then elect to pursue the thesis option. The requirements for each option are listed below. See Course Catalog for course descriptions. 

Non-Thesis Option (36 credits)

a. Required Courses (15 credits)
LING 571   Phonetics and Phonology* 
LING 572   Syntax* 
LING 589   Morphology*
2 of the following:
     LING 573   Language and Culture
     LING 574   Historical Linguistics 
     LING 575   Linguistic Field Methods 
     LING 584   North American Indigenous Languages & Linguistics
b. Required Seminars (9 credits)
     3 semesters of LING 570*
c. Elective Courses** (12 credits)
d. Comprehensive Exam

 

Thesis Option (36 credits)

a. Required Courses (30 credits)
LING 571   Phonetics and Phonology* 
LING 572   Syntax* 
LING 589   Morphology*
2 of the following:
     LING 573   Language and Culture
     LING 574   Historical Linguistics 
     LING 575   Linguistic Field Methods 
     LING 584   North American Indigenous Languages & Linguistics
b. Required Seminars (6 credits)
     2 semesters of LING 570*
c. Elective Courses** (9 credits)
d. Thesis (6 credits)
LING 699 Thesis 

 

*Transferred courses taken in 4th year

**Elective courses:

LING 477   Bilingualism
LING 478   Learner Language
LING 491   Special Topics
LING 573   Language and Culture***
LING 574   Historical Linguistics***
LING 575   Linguistic Field Methods***
LING 584   North American Indigenous Languages & Linguistics***
LING 570   Seminar in Linguistics or LING 494 Seminar 

 

*** If taken as a required course (see a. above), cannot be used for an elective course.

 

Terminal BA

Provisionally accepted students whose academic performance in the 4th Year does not meet the Degree Standards but earn passing grades (C-) and achieve the required GPA (2.0) will apply for a terminal BA in Linguistics.

Students not accepted to the graduate program will earn a terminal BA in Linguistics by completing the following courses in their senior year.

Fall Semester
LING 471 Phonetics and Phonology
LING 472 Syntax
 
Spring Semester
LING 489 Morphology
One additional elective course listed above

 

updated on 10/28/2020