Linguistics and The Humanities

Professor Karl SwineheartAdvisor

Dr. Karl Swinehart

Concentration in Linguistics and the Humanities: non-thesis
The Minimum Credit Load for the MA Program is 30.

Students in this track combine in a unique way the study of the interdisciplinary humanities with a specialized concentration in linguistics. Students take three core courses and then a minimum of two additional 600-level linguistics courses. In addition to our Humanities faculty, students are able to study with linguists in the adjacent departments of Classical and Modern Languages, English, Philosophy, and Psychology.


(Minimum of 30 credit hours with a minimum of 15 credit hours at the 600 level—excluding HUM 655, the Directed Study Project)

  1. 15 credit hours of Linguistic coursework:

    Core Sequence: (Required*)
    • LING 603 Syntax
    • LING 610 Phonetics and Phonology
    • LING 630 Language and Culture / LING 640 Linguistic Anthropology

    Sociocultural Focus:
    • LING/ENGL 520 World Englishes
    • LING/ENGL 523 History of the English Language
    • LING/ENGL 570 Language & Social Identity (topics may include "Language, Gender, & Sexuality," "Languages of African Diaspora")
    • LING 621 Sociolinguistics

    Structural Focus:
    • LING/ENGL 522 Structure of Modern American English
    • LING 606 Historical and Comparative Linguistics
    • LING 620 Morphology
    • LING 624 Language and Cognition / LING 524 Psycholinguistics
    • LING 641 Recent Philosophy of Language

    Other graduate-level Linguistics courses:
    • LING 600 Independent Study (under direction of Linguistics affiliated faculty)
    • LING 620 Special Topics (G)
    • LING 690 Seminar in Linguistics
  2. 9 credit hours in a second humanities discipline or area

  3. 3 credit hours in Methodology: HUM 609 or HUM 610

  4. 3 credit hours in Directed Study Project: HUM 655

  5. Foreign Language Competency

*Students with no prior undergraduate linguistics coursework are encouraged to audit or enroll P/F in LING 325.


Humanities MA/Linguistics and the Humanities
Core sequence:

  • LING 603 Syntax
  • LING 610 Phonetics and Phonology
  • LING 630 Language and Culture or LING 640 Linguistic Anthropology

3 credit hours in Socio-cultural focus:

  • LING/ENGL 570 Language & Social Identity

3 credit hours in Structural Focus:

  • LING 524 Psycholinguistics

3 credit hours in Methods

  • HUM 609/610)

3 credit hours of DSP (HUM 655)

  • Final Oral Defense of DSP