Master of Arts in English: Concentration in Linguistics
Admission to Program
In addition to the materials sent to the graduate admissions office, the applicant must submit the following items to the English Department in order to be considered for admission:
- a one-to-two page typed statement of purpose detailing why the applicant is interested in the linguistics concentration;
- one set of official transcripts from all colleges attended;
- one or two letters of recommendation;
- one writing sample.
Prerequisites: In order to be fully classified, students must have already taken the equivalents, or take at SF State the following:
- Linguistics: ENG 421, ENG 422, ENG 424, and ENG 425 (12 units).
- 10 units of a modern European language.
- One semester of a non-Indo-European language.
All linguistics courses must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA in these courses with no grade lower than a B- to continue in the program.
Students whose native language is not English and whose B.A. was completed outside the United States must present evidence of a computer–based TOEFL score of at least 240 (Internet-based TOEFL: 95, paper-based TOEFL, 590) with a writing subscore of at least 4.5. (Internet-based writing score of at least 24). Applicants who do not meet this minimum TOEFL requirement will not be admitted; there is no conditional admission. A TOEFL score of 240 is considered to be very minimal; applicants who demonstrate stronger English proficiency with a higher TOEFL score (and higher writing subscore) will have a better chance of being recommended for admission to the program for the Master of Arts in English with Concentration in Linguistics.
In addition, non-native speakers of English must take the CMS Placement Test (CMSPT) for assessment of their English writing proficiency upon entry to the university. They may be required to take ENG 670 and/or other writing course(s).
Written English Proficiency Requirement
Students will be evaluated for Level One proficiency in writing based on the 500–700 word personal statement as well as the writing sample that are submitted as part of their application to the M.A. program. Students whose writing ability is not satisfactory will be required to take a graduate-level composition course such as ENG 670. This course may not be used to fulfill other requirements for the degree
English (M.A.): Concentration in Linguistics — Minimum 30 Units
Group I: Required Core Courses (18 Units)
|ENG 719||Seminar: Contemporary Semantic Theory||3|
|ENG 723||Seminar in the Structure of English||3|
|ENG 725||Seminar in Discourse Analysis||3|
|ENG 727||Linguistic Field Methods||3|
|ENG 728||Topics in Sociolinguistics 1||3|
|ENG 889||Integrated Studies in Linguistics 2||3|
Group II: Related Core Courses (3 Units)
Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
|ENG 728||Topics in Sociolinguistics 1||3|
|ENG 729||Seminar in Psycholinguistics||3|
|ENG 737||Introduction to Corpus Linguistics||3|
|ENG 739||Advanced Field Methods||3|
|PHIL 630||Philosophy of Language||3|
|or PHIL 830||Seminar in Philosophy of Language|
Quantitative Reasoning and Research Methodology
|ANTH 652||Anthropological Statistics||4|
|MATH 324||Probability and Statistics with Computing||3|
|MATH 338||Introduction to SAS||3|
|PSY 371||Psychological Statistics||3|
|PSY 571||Intermediate Psychological Statistics||3|
|PSY 771||Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design||4|
|PSY 772||Applications of Multiple Regression to Psychological Research||4|
Any courses in Group II that are not selected for the Group II requirement may be used as Related Elective Courses with the approval of an advisor.
ENG 728 may be used as Group II when variant differs from Group I variant.
ENG 889 must be taken either during final or penult semester of the program.
Related Elective Courses (6 Units)
Units to be taken from one or more of the following groups of related courses or other courses approved of by an advisor.
|ENG 804||Teaching Practicum: Linguistics||3|
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
|ENG 653||TESOL: Pedagogical Grammar||3|
|ENG 724||Special Topics in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages||3|
|ENG 726||Practicum in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages||3|
|ENG 731||Seminar: TESOL Listening and Speaking Skills||3|
|ENG 732||Seminar: TESOL Reading and Writing Skills||3|
|ENG 738||Pragmatics and Oral Skills||3|
|COMM 664||LSI Methods in Communication||4|
|COMM 871||Communication Research Strategies||4|
Reading and Writing
|ENG 704||Pedagogical Grammar for Composition||3|
|ENG 706||Seminar in Sociolinguistics of Composition||3|
|ENG 782||Seminar: Chaucer||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
and Master's Comprehensive Oral Examination
|Foreign Language Requirement (see below)|
|Select one from the following:|
|ENG 898||Master's Thesis||3|
|ENG 895||Field Study or Applied Research Project (and Master's Comprehensive Oral Examination)||3|
|and Foreign Language Requirement (see below)|
During the second-to-last semester in the program, students are required to complete a form called the Advancement to Candidacy (ATC), which lists those courses they are using to fulfill the requirements for the Master of Arts in English with Concentration in Linguistics. Students must earn an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all courses listed in that document.
Failure in these examinations does not disqualify the candidate unless the examining committee so directs. The candidate may take the examinations twice, and, if failure occurs both times, will be disqualified from the graduate program.
Foreign Language Requirement
10 semester units, or the equivalent, of a modern European language, plus a minimum of one semester or the equivalent of a non-Indo-European language is required of all candidates for the Master of Arts in English with Concentration in Linguistics. The student has the alternative of satisfying the foreign language requirement by examination. Units earned in foreign language study are not to be included in the student's Advancement to Candidacy (ATC).