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Degree Program Learning Objectives

M.A. in Linguistics

Goal A: Breadth of Basic Knowledge

To be able to compare and evaluate linguistic theories in several core areas of linguistics

  • A.1. Students will describe basic principles of leading functional, cognitive and typological linguistic theories in phonology, morphosyntax, semantics or discourse, and language change.

Goal B: Critical Understanding of the Field

To be able to critically analyze state-of-the-art research

  • B.1. Students will describe the hypotheses, arguments and evidence presented in current research publications in core areas of linguistics. 

Goal C: Original Data Analysis

To develop the ability to analyze naturally occurring linguistic data

  • C.1. Students will analyze a novel set of naturally occurring data following principles of a linguistic theory.

Linguistics MA Program Assessment Plan


Ph.D. in Linguistics

Goal A: In-Depth Knowledge

To demonstrate detailed knowledge of a chosen subarea of linguistics

  • A.1. Students will critically compare and evaluate theories and bring relevant data to bear on them in the subarea of linguistics chosen for doctoral research.

Goal B: Original Research

To be able to critically analyze state-of-the-art research

  • B.1. Students will pose an original research problem in their chosen subarea.
  • B.2. Students will produce a publishable research paper or monograph on a scientific problem.

Linguistics PhD Program Assessment Plan