New Ph.D. Program Requirements

The Ph.D. (and M.A.) requirements are being modified to reflect a better balance of depth and breadth in your graduate-level training. Here is the new plan, which we will be implementing as we can this year (2016W) and will be fully implementing next year (2017W).

(Remember those new courses that are on the horizon? Be thinking about those, as you process this information.)

Breadth requirement. Complete at least 3 courses from the following list for a total of 9 credits:

  • LING 508 (Phonetics)
  • LING 510 (Phonology)
  • LING 520 (Syntax)
  • LING 525 (Semantics)

Depth requirement. Complete at least 5 courses from the following list, including at least 1 section of LING 530 for a total of 15 credits.

  • LING 5XX (Acquisition)
  • LING 532 (Field Methods in Linguistics II)
  • LING 505A (Morphology)
  • LING 5XX (Phonetics)
  • LING 5XX (Phonology)
  • LING 5XX (Semantics)
  • LING 5XX (Syntax)
  • LING 530 (Seminars on assorted topics)

Methods requirement. You’ll need  a total of 9 credits of methods courses to complete this requirement. You must complete LING 531 (Field Methods) and at least 3 credits of Linguistics methods courses*.  For the remaining credits you could take an additional field methods course (LING 532) or an appropriate course in a different department (statistics, logic, etc.).

Important note! We used to require that a Ph.D. student had to be registered in a LING 530 seminar until they were ABD. Now they just must be registered in any course other than a thesis credit course. Easy peasy.

*These new methods courses do not exist at all yet! For the time being students will have to take Ling 518 to complete this methods bit.

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