Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Ph.D.

College of Arts and Sciences  
Department: World Languages 


This major in Linguistics and Applied Language Studies is designed to train advanced students in the field in using principled, empirical approaches to address language-related issues in the 21st century. Our faculty are equipped to meet the needs of students with diverse interests in the field. Possible careers for graduates from this program include university teaching, language program administration, and industry careers involving linguistic research and analysis. By the end of the major, our students will be able to:

  • develop a strong knowledge base in the content areas of this field, including key topics, major lines of inquiry, current trends, and remaining questions;
  • develop expertise in critical thinking as well as in oral and written communication for academic and non-academic audiences;
  • contribute their expertise to advancing knowledge about the critical role of language(s) in a global society;
  • demonstrate mastery of research methods and use these methods to design and conduct independent research on various topics in this field;
  • contribute to the advancement of this field through scholarly publications and conference presentations;
  • gain experience in teaching undergraduate courses;
  • participate in professional activities in this field at national, regional, and local levels.

Major Research Areas:
Applied Language Studies, Applied Linguistics, Corpus linguistics, Discourse analysis, Individual differences, Intercultural communication, Language assessment, Second language acquisition, Second language learning and teaching, Second language phonology, Second language writing, and Text analysis.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • M.A. in Applied Linguistics, Linguistics, TESOL, Second Language Studies, Foreign Languages, or a related field
  • Experience with an additional language(s)
  • GRE scores (taken within the last five years): Verbal reasoning: 153 (500, approximately 60% percentile); Quantitative reasoning: 144 (500, approximately 20% percentile); Analytical Writing: 4.00.
  • GPA of 3.50 or higher in the M.A. degree
  • Statement of research interest (maximum of two (2) pages, single-spaced)
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • A writing sample that shows evidence of research skill. This can be published or unpublished, such as an article, an M.A. thesis, or an M.A. course paper. (Please note: the writing sample must be solo authoried by the applicant)
  • 3 academic references
  • Interview with program faculty
  • Official transcripts (must provide an official translation if transcripts are not available in English from the degree-granting university)

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours:     55 hours Post-Masters

  • Core – 15 Credit Hours
  • Foundation courses – 6 Credit Hours
  • Electives – 15 Credit Hours    
  • Directed research – 1 Credit Hour minimum
  • Dissertation – 18 Credit Hours minimum

Foundation Courses (6 Credit Hours)

Based on student’s prior educational background, recommendations will be made by the admissions committee and implemented by the academic advisor/ pedagogical coordinator. Each student is required to take a minimum of two of the following courses:

Electives (15 Credit Hours)

Each student is required to take a minimum of five general electives. These can be from established course numbers or via the LIN 6932 Selected Topics  number and include the following:

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Credit Hours: 1-4

  • Sample Topics include:

    • Discourse Analysis
    • English for Academic Purposes/English for Specific Purposes
    • Task-Based Language Teaching
    • Sound System of English
    • Pragmatics for Language Teachers
    • Bilingualism/Multilingualism
    • Corpus Linguistics
    • Language and Technology

    Note: In special circumstances, additional courses from the “foundation course electives” group may be taken as electives.

Doctoral Qualifying Examination (1 Credit Hour minimum)

Dissertation Hours (18 Credit Hours Minimum)

  • Credit Hours: 2-19
  • Students will complete 18 hours of dissertation research. The student will submit a proposal to the committee members and, once approved, will participate in an oral defense of that proposal. Finally, the student will submit a completed dissertation draft to the committee members and once approved will participate in an oral defense of the dissertation.