Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Graduate Study

The College of Arts and Letters offers a wide variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs leading to the  Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees as well as graduate certification programs that enhance professional opportunities. Graduate programs are designed to respond to current professional and social needs and to students' expectations and goals.  The programs combine course work; teaching and outreach experiences; and production, performance, or research projects to prepare students for careers in higher education, communications and public and private sector positions where advanced knowledge, skills, and problem-solving ability are required.

General Requirements for Consideration for Admission  to Master's and Doctoral Degree Programs in the College of Arts and Letters

Each applicant must submit directly to the academic unit that administers the program to which admission is sought a letter giving the applicant's academic background and reasons for pursuing advanced study.

International applicants must fulfill the university's English language proficiency requirement as described in the Graduate Education section of this catalog.

Academic units that administer master's and doctoral degree programs may specify additional requirements for consideration for admission such as a sample of an applicant's art work, a portfolio, or an audition.

Courses Used to Satisfy a Foreign Language
Requirement in a Master's or Doctoral Degree Program in the College of Arts and Letters

If a foreign language requirement is included in a student's degree program, it is highly recommended that the student enroll in courses that are to be used to satisfy that requirement under the Credit–No Credit (CR–NC) system.

Academic Standards for Graduate Assistants in the College of Arts and Letters

A  graduate assistant in the College of Arts and Letters must:

  1. Maintain a cumulative grade–point average of at least 3.25.
  2. Not accumulate deferred grades (identified by the DF–Deferred marker) in more than 8 credits in courses (excluding courses numbered 899 and 999).

If at the end of a semester a graduate assistant fails to meet one or both of the requirements specified above, the graduate assistant shall receive a warning and be allowed to hold the graduate assistantship for one additional semester.  If at the end of the additional semester the graduate assistant has failed to meet one or both of the requirements specified above, the graduate assistantship shall be withdrawn.



Master of Arts

Master of Arts degree programs are offered in the following areas:  African American and African studies, arts and cultural management, comparative literature, critical studies in literacy and pedagogy, English, French, German, Hispanic literatures, history of art, linguistics, philosophy, and Russian.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university as described in the Graduate Education section of this catalog, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

Applicants must meet the general requirements for consideration for admission to master's and doctoral degree programs in the College of Arts and Letters referenced above.

To be admitted to a Master of Arts degree program in the College of Arts and Letters on regular status, an applicant must have:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a recognized educational institution.
  2. A cumulative grade–point average of at least 3.00 in the junior and senior years of the baccalaureate degree program.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree

The student plans a program of study in consultation with a graduate advisor subject to the rules of the department or school, the College, and the University. Two patterns are in general use: Plan A (with thesis) and Plan B (without thesis).

Academic Standards

A student may accumulate no more than 6 credits with a grade below 3.0 in courses that are to be counted toward the degree.

Transfer Credits

Transfer credits must have been completed within the time limit for the degree.


Master of Fine Arts

Refer to the statements on the Department of Art, Art History, and Design and Department of Theatre.

 


Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy degree programs are offered in the following areas:  African American and African studies, American studies, English, French, German, linguistics, philosophy, second language studies, and Spanish.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the University as described in the Graduate Education section of this catalog, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

Applicants must meet the general requirements for consideration for admission to master’s and doctoral degree programs in the College of Arts and Letters referenced above.

To be admitted to a Doctor of Philosophy degree program in the College of Arts and Letters on regular status, an applicant must have:

  1. a record of high academic achievement and demonstrate potential as a research scholar acceptable to the department, program or school. Some degree programs will require completion of a master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field.
  2. a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 in any previous graduate course work.

Admission on provisional status may be offered if the applicant’s record is incomplete or contains minor deficiencies in preparation.


African American and African Studies - Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in African American and African Studies is an interdisciplinary program of study devoted to advanced exploration and analysis of the social, cultural, and political-economic experiences of African Americans, Africans in the Continent and African-descendent peoples in other parts of the African Diaspora.

The program prepares students for a range of academic and professional career opportunities and consists of two plans, a Plan A (with thesis) option that prepares graduate students for doctoral study and a Plan B (without thesis) option that equips graduate students with interdisciplinary Black Studies professional skills that may be used in a variety of professional careers.

Admission

To be considered for admission, an applicant must:

  1. Have the results of the Graduate Record Examination General Test forwarded to the college.
  2. Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV).
  3. Submit a personal statement and an academic purpose stating personal and professional goals, disciplinary interests in Africana studies and desire to pursue a Plan A or Plan B program of study.
  4. Submit a writing sample, usually a recent research paper.
  5. Submit two copies of official transcripts demonstrating an earned Bachelor’s degree in an area of study appropriate for advanced work in Africana studies and a grade-point average of 3.0.
  6. Submit three letters of recommendation from faculty acquainted with your course work using the University’s Letter of Recommendation Form for Admission.
In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and the College of Arts and Letters, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in African American and African Studies


The program is available under Plan A (with thesis) and Plan B (without thesis). A total of 30 credits is required for Plan A and 32 credits for Plan B. With the approval of the student’s advisor, the student must choose an area of concentration.

The student must:

               
1. Complete all of the following courses (14 credits):  
  AAAS 829 Introduction to African Studies
3
  AAAS 830 Introduction to African American Studies 3
  AAAS 831 Introduction to African Diaspora Studies 3
  AAAS 832 Multicultural Pedagogy in African American and African Studies 3
  AAAS 893A Domestic Internship in African American and African Studies 2
 2. Complete 3 credits of course work at the 400-level or above in Africana language as approved by the student’s academic advisor. The following courses may be used to fulfill this requirement: 3
  AAAS 891 Special Topics in African American and African Studies 3
  AFR 450A Advanced Swahili 3
  LIN 881 The Structure of a Non-European Language 3
3. Complete 9 to 12 credits in African American, African, or African Diaspora  courses in a sub-disciplinary concentration approved by the student’s academic advisor.  

Additional Requirements for Plan A

Complete 4 credits of AAAS 899 Master’s Thesis Research.

Additional Requirements for Plan B

Complete 3 credits of AAAS 898 Master’s Research.

Completion of a final examination or evaluation.

African American and African Studies - Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy in African American and African Studies is an interdisciplinary program of study devoted to advanced exploration and analysis of the social, cultural, and political experiences of African descendant peoples in the United States, in other parts of the African Diaspora and of peoples and communities in the diverse continent of Africa. The objective of the program is to develop scholars committed to academic excellence and social responsibility in the Black world and the broader community. Comparative, integrative, and applied approaches to the acquisition and use of knowledge are given emphasis.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in African American and African Studies, an applicant must:

  1. Have a 3.0 grade-point average in their last 30 credits of course work.
  2. Have the results of the Graduate Record Examination General Test forwarded to the African American and African Studies Program in the College of Arts and Letters.
  3. Submit a writing sample, usually a recent research paper, to the African American and African Studies Program in the College of Arts and Letters.

To be admitted, the applicant must have a master’s degree in an appropriate field or have completed at least 30 credits of approved course work beyond the bachelor’s degree.

Guidance Committee

Three of the four guidance committee members must be selected from the core faculty of the African American and African Studies program. One member must be from the student’s concentration area.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in African American and African Studies

In addition to meeting the requirements of the University and the College of Arts and Letters, students must complete 24 credits of doctoral dissertation research, and the requirements specified below:

               
1. Complete 30 credits of course work including:  
  a. All of the following courses:  
    AAAS 829 Introduction to African Studies

3

    AAAS 830 Introduction to African American Studies

3

    AAAS 831 Introduction to African Diaspora Studies

3

    AAAS 832 Multicultural Pedagogy in African American and African Studies

3

  b. Both of the following courses for a total of 3 credits as approved by the guidance committee:
    AAAS 893A Domestic Internship in African American and African Studies

1 or 2

    AAAS 893A must be performed in an African American community.  
    AAAS 893C International Internship in African American and African Studies

1 or 2

    AAAS 893C must be performed in an African or African Diaspora community outside of the United States.  
  c. A minimum of 3 credits in research methods in the area of concentration.  
  d. An additional 12 credits of course work in an area of concentration  selected from an approved course list and approved by the guidance committee. The concentration is determined in consultation with the student's guidance committee.  
2. Choose either an African or African-related language to fulfill the language requirement. Students selecting an African language must attain spoken and written second-year proficiency in at least one language from the following list: Yoruba, Hausa, Zulu, Shona, or Swahili. Second-year proficiency will be measured by completion of two years of university-level course work in the language or by passing oral and written examinations equivalent to those given at the end of second-year course work. For African-related languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French, or other languages approved by the guidance committee) there must be demonstrated advanced reading proficiency relevant to the student’s area of concentration.  
3. Pass two comprehensive examinations: a general examination in African American and African Studies and an examination in the area of concentration. An oral examination will be scheduled within one month of the comprehensive examinations.  
4. Assist faculty in one offering of AAAS 495 Advanced Research in African American and African Studies.
5. Submit a dissertation proposal to the guidance committee and pass an oral examination in defense of the proposal. This examination must be passed before the student may begin dissertation research.
6. Prepare and successfully defend the doctoral dissertation.  


American Studies - Doctor of Philosophy (this program is in moratorium effective Spring 2010 through Summer 2017)

The Doctor of Philosophy degree program in American Studies is designed for students who wish to understand the American experience by studying it from an interdisciplinary perspective.  The educational objectives of the program are to promote the interdisciplinary study of American culture, past and present, its ideas and institutions.  Students who complete the program should have acquired a general knowledge of American culture from the vantage of several disciplines and area studies, and a specific knowledge of one area of American culture. 

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Arts and Letters, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in American studies, an applicant must:

  1. Have the results of the Graduate Record Examination General Test forwarded to the college.
  2. Submit to the college a recent sample of academic and/or professional writing.
  3. Include in the letter required by the college a 500–1000 word statement giving the applicant's goals in pursuing a doctoral degree.

To be admitted to the doctoral program in American studies on regular status, an applicant must have a master's degree in American studies or 30 credits of approved course work.

Guidance Committee

One faculty member from each of the three fields on which the student's comprehensive examinations are based shall serve on the student's guidance committee.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in American Studies

The student must:

               
1. Complete a minimum of 21 credits from the following:  
  a. All of the following courses (9 credits):  
    AMS 860 Writing and Publishing American Studies Scholarship 3
    AMS 881 American Studies Theory, Methods, and Bibiolography 3
    AMS 891 Special Topics in American Studies 3
  b. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
    AMS 849 Comparative Ethnic Studies (D) 3
    AMS 851 Popular Culture Studies 3
    An 800-level methods course in another discipline may be used towards this requirement with approval fo the director of the Program in American Studies.  
  c. Complete an additional 9 credits in courses at the 400-level or above outside of the Program in American Studies, usually concentrated in a single field or discipline. The student's guidance committee may require additional course work and an additional discipline or area of study.  
2. Pass written comprehensive examinations over  three fields and an oral comprehensive examination that covers all three of those fields.  
  A student who fails a written comprehensive examination has one opportunity to retake that same examination. The examination must be retaken before the end of the semester following the one in which the examination was failed.  
  Within two weeks of passing the third written comprehensive examination, the student must take an oral comprehensive examination.  
  All of the comprehensive examinations must be completed within one calendar year from the date that the first written comprehensive examination was taken.    
3. Demonstrate competence in one foreign language approved by the student's guidance committee and the Director of American Studies.  
  Students whose focus of study involves cross–cultural research related to countries or groups of people in which a language other than English is essential must demonstrate competence in that language.  
  Students whose focus of study does not involve cross–cultural research may, with the approval of their guidance committees, complete additional course work in an area of study relevant to their research in lieu of demonstrating competence in a foreign language.  
4. Submit a dissertation prospectus or abstract no longer than 10 pages to the guidance committee no later than the end of the semester following the one in which the student passed all of the comprehensive examinations. Approval of the prospectus or abstract is required before the student may continue work on the dissertation.  
5. Pass the oral examination in defense of the dissertation.  

 


Arts and Cultural Management - Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree in Arts and Cultural Management is a multidisciplinary degree administered by the College of Arts and Letters that prepares students for leadership positions related to the management and advocacy of arts and cultural organizations or industry dimensions of an artistic and humanistic entrepreneurial career. Students will choose from a concentration within the program for deeper exposure to artistic and cultural management depending on their area of interest.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and the College of Arts and Letters, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Arts and Cultural Management

The Master of Arts degree in Arts and Cultural Management is available only under Plan B (non-thesis). A total of 30 credits are required for the degree. At least 15 credits must be at the 800-level.

               
Students must complete 30 credits from the following courses:
1. Both of the following courses (6 credits):
ACM 801 Introduction to Arts and Cultural Management 3
AL 892 Seminar 3
2. One of the following courses (6 credits):
ACM 871 Internship in Arts and Cultural Management 6
AL 893 Museum Internship 6
3. Three of the following courses (9 credits):
ACM 461 Strategies of Arts and Cultural Management 3
ACM 462 Promotion and e-Commerce in Arts and Cultural Management 3
ACM 463 Event Production and Planning for Arts and Culture 3
ACM 868 Law and Policy for Arts and Cultural Management 3
4. One of the following concentrations (9 credits):
Museum Studies
1. The following course (3 credits):
MUSM 485 Foundations of Museum Studies 3
2. Two of the following courses (6 credits):
CSUS 431 Interpretation and Visitor Information Systems 3
CSUS 873 Culture, Communities and Tourism 3
MUSM 494 Museum Exhibitions: Theory and Development 3
MUSM 498 Learning in Museums 3
MUSM 887 Museums and Technology 3
MUSM 888 Curatorial Practices in Museums and Cultural Organizations 3
MUSM 895 Special Topics in Museum Studies 3
Management Studies
1. Two of the following courses (6 credits)
ACM 464 Education and Outreach for Arts and Cultural Management 3
ACM 465 Leadership and Innovation for Arts and Cultural Management 3
AL 891 Special Topics in Arts and Humanities 3
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):
ACM 461 Strategies of Arts and Cultural Management 3
ACM 462 Promotion and e-Commerce in Arts and Cultural Management 3
ACM 463 Event Production and Planning for Arts and Culture 3
ACM 868 Law and Policy for Arts and Cultural Management 3
This requirement can only be met by choosing the course not used to fulfill requirement 3. above.
Operational Studies
1. Two of the following courses (6 credits):
ACM 467 Development and Public Relations for Arts and Cultural Management 3
ACM 468 Facilities and Operations for Arts and Cultural Management 3
AL 891 Special Topics in Arts and Humanities 3
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):
ACM 461 Strategies of Arts and Cultural Management 3
ACM 462 Promotion and e-Commerce in Arts and Cultural Management 3
ACM 463 Event Production and Planning for Arts and Culture 3
ACM 868 Law and Policy for Arts and Cultural  Management 3
This requirement can only be met by choosing the course not used to fulfill requirement 3. above.
Other management-focused, arts and humanities courses, including independent study, as applicable, may be substituted with the approval of the academic advisor.
5. Completion of a final oral examination or evaluation.

Digital Humanities - Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities engages students in course work and a scholarly community that values the use of new technologies for teaching, learning and research in the arts and humanities. Students work in areas such as programming, visualization, data mining, simulations and modeling, mapping, interface design and other current topics affecting arts and humanities today. Students examine both theory and practice, engaging in critical discussion as well as production. The program allows flexibility for students to follow interests relating to their specific work, while also providing a broad knowledge of the possibilities involved in digital humanities. Designed to complement and extend their degree programs, this program allows students to engage in experiential opportunities, teaching and workshop attendance and development, and other complementary co-curricular activities.

Admission

Admission to the certificate program requires approval by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities

Students must complete 9 credits from the following:
1. One of the following courses (3 credits):
DH 865 Digital Humanities Methods Seminar 3
HST 812 History in the Digital Age 3
2. Complete a minimum of 6 credits from the following:
a. A digital humanities pedagogy experience which may be fulfilled through a teaching-related course. A specific, focused, supervised  pedagogy project may also fulfill this requirement with approval  from the College of Arts and Letters Associate Dean for Graduate  Studies. The following courses may be used to fulfill this requirement:
AL 881 Special Topics in Teaching with Technology in Arts and Humanities
AL 891 Special Topics in Arts and Humanities
DH 861 Digital Humanities Pedagogy
DH 891 Special Topics in Digital Humanities
Students who use AL 891 must enroll in the Practicum in Blending and Online Learning section.
b. A digital humanities research experience fulfilled by participating in a digital humanities project, completion of the digital cultural heritage fieldschool, completion of  a digital humanities portfolio, or work as a Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) scholar or other research experience with approval of the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Letters. The following course may be used to fulfill this requirement:
DH 863 Digital Humanities Research

Foreign Language Teaching - Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree in Foreign Language Teaching provides the aspiring foreign language teacher with the fundamental background and practical experience to teach a specific target language, while also offering current foreign language teachers opportunities to continue and enhance their education. With its focus on solid foundations in second language acquisition (SLA) and the intersection of SLA with the practice of foreign language teaching, this program prepares students to design lesson plans, courses, and curricula that support teaching for high levels of language proficiency. Students will be prepared to integrate technology effectively into the teaching of language and culture and work with faculty mentors to create a praxis-oriented experiential module that is designed to enhance the student’s plan of study and contribute substantially to preparation for career placement.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the University and of the College of Arts and Letters, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts degree in Foreign Language Teaching, an applicant must:

  1. have the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test forwarded to the College if the applicant is a native speaker of English.
  2. complete the online application which includes an academic and personal statement.
  3. submit three letters of recommendation, completed by instructors or supervisors familiar with the applicants work. Letters of recommendation must be submitted on official stationary with an original signature.
  4. take one of the tests of English language proficiency described in the Graduate Education section of this catalog if the applicants native language is not English.

To be admitted to the program on regular status, an applicant must have a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a recognized educational institution.

In addition, students who are non-native speakers of English are required to have fulfilled the university’s English language proficiency requirement as described in the Graduate Education section of this catalog by achieving a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 100 (Internet-based), 250 (computer version), or 600 (paper version) or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.5 or higher.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Foreign Language Teaching

The Master of Arts degree in Foreign Language Teaching is available only online and only under Plan B (non-thesis). A total of 30 credits is required for the degree. The student’s program of study must be approved by the program director. The student must meet the requirements specified below:

               
1. All of the following courses:    
  FLT 807 Foreign Language Teaching Methods 3
  FLT 808 Assessment for Foreign Language Teaching 3
  FLT 815 Teaching Culture in Foreign Language Courses 3
  FLT 817 Foreign Language Program Development and Administration 3
  FLT 845 Language Concepts for Foreign Language Teaching 3
  FLT 860 Second Language Acquisition 3
  FLT 881 Teaching Foreign Language with Technology 3
  FLT 885 Experiential Module in Foreign Language Teaching 5
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
  FLT 841 Topics in Foreign Language Teaching 3
  FLT 842 Teaching Reading in a Foreign Language 3
3. Complete the following course:  
  FLT 898 Master's Research 1
4. Successfully complete a final examination or evaluation which is fulfilled by completion of a portfolio developed during the FLT 898 course and must be submitted to the program director after completion of the core courses and experiential module(s). The purpose of the portfolio as a certifying examination is (1) to demonstrate an understanding of second language acquisition theories and their application to student learning and to the practice of teaching the target language, (2) to demonstrate an understanding of theories of culture and their application to the practice of teaching the target culture in the target language classroom, and (3) to enable the student to articulate the integration of learning from the experiential modules into the program of study and career objectives. The portfolio must include artifacts that are outlined in the comprehensive language teaching portfolio examination handbook, which is given out each year by the program director and is available on the program's Web site.  

Academic Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5. A student may accumulate no more than 6 credits with a grade below 3.0 in courses taken for the purpose of satisfying the degree requirements.

 


Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities - Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities, which is administered by the College of Arts and Letters, engages students in course work and experiential learning that makes an important intervention into conceptualizations of ‘the global’ conceptualizations that often focus solely on economic and political conditions.

Recognizing the complexities of cultural interaction and exchange, global studies in the arts and humanities foregrounds the role of the arts and humanities in recognizing and understanding how global conditions and concerns affect our experiential and intellectual existence. The certificate enhances a master’s or doctoral program in a specific field of study through interdisciplinary learning, language proficiency and experiential opportunities.

The certificate is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs at Michigan State University. Students must meet the requirements of the certificate specified below, in addition to the requirements for the student’s primary degree program.

The students program of study must be approved the Director of Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities program.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities    

Students must complete 9 credits from the following:

1. The following course:
GSAH 850 Seminar on Global Theories and Concepts in the Arts and Humanities 3
2. One 3 credit graduate-level course offered outside of the student’s home program that addresses global issues or themes. The course is chosen in consultation with their primary advisor and approved by the Director of the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities program.
3. Completion of an international experience through participation in a study abroad program, an approved internship with a global dimension, or research experience. The experience is chosen by the student in consultation with their primary advisor and approved by the Director of the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities program.
4. Demonstration of oral proficiency in a language beyond one that is required by the student’s degree program. Demonstrating oral proficiency in a language that only reading proficiency is required by the student’s degree program can also meet this requirement. Students can meet this requirement by:
a. Successful completion of an appropriate language course at the 400-level or above, or 
b. Completion of an oral proficiency exam conducted by the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA).


 

Museum Studies - Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies provides students with theoretical and practical experience in museums and focuses on object-based collections. The certificate enhances a master’s or doctoral program in a specific field of study through consideration of various museological areas such as curation, education, technology, exhibition, and administration.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies

Students must complete 15 credits from the following:

               
1. Both of the following courses (6 credits):
MUSM 886 Fundamentals of Museum Studies 3
MUSM 893 Museum Internship 3
2. A minimum of three of the following courses of which two must be at the 800-level, as approved by the Museum Studies advisor:
CSUS 873 Culture, Communities and Tourism 3
MUSM 488 Museum Curatorial Practices 3
MUSM 492 Special Topics in Museum Studies 3
MUSM 494 Museum Exhibitions: Theory and Development 3
MUSM 498 Learning in Museums 3
MUSM 887 Museums and Technology 3
MUSM 888 Curatorial Practices in Museums and Cultural Organizations 3
MUSM 895 Special Topics in Museum Studies 3
MUSM 897 Practicum in Musuem Studies 1 to 3


Second Language Studies - Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy in Second Language Studies seeks to provide students with a deep understanding of how second and foreign languages are learned and ways of thinking about the application of this knowledge in a pedagogical context. The program is designed to prepare students for university-level faculty and administrative positions in the fields of language learning and/or teaching. Students will be prepared to conduct research and contribute to the future development of these fields.

Because teaching and research are integral to this program, every effort will be made to provide students with research and teaching experience in the form of graduate assistantships. Teaching experience may include classroom teaching or related activities, such as program and curriculum development.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the University and of the College of Arts and Letters, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

Preference for admission will be given to those with a Master of Arts degree in a related field. All admission decisions will be made by the Advisory Committee in consultation with other relevant faculty.

To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Second Language Studies, an applicant must submit the following along with an application.

  1. The results of the Graduate Record Examination General Test .
  2. A statement of research interests.
  3. A writing sample, preferably an essay or other product that reflects the degree of the applicant’s familiarity with applied linguistics.
  4. Three academic references from faculty who are able to address the applicant’s academic background and/or professional experiences.
  5. The results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for non-native speakers of English with a total score of 600 (paper version) or 250 (computer version), with no subscore below 58 (paper version) or 23 (computer version) or 100 (iBT Internet-based Test)

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Second Language Studies

Complete 24 to 44 credits of course work. The student’s program of study must be developed in cooperation with and approved by the student’s guidance committee and must include the requirements specified below.

               
1. Complete the following courses (27 credits):  
  LLT 807 Language Teaching Methods 3
  LLT 808 Assessment for Language Teaching and Research 3
  LLT 860 Second Language Acquisition 3
  LLT 872 Research Methods for Language Teaching and  
        Foreign/Second Language Learning 3
  LLT 873 Quantitative Research in Second Language Studies 3
  LLT 874 Qualitative Research in Second Language Studies 3
  LLT 861 Advanced Topics in Second Language Acquisition 3
  LLT 862 Advanced Research in Second Language Acquisition 3
  LLT 864 Second Language Psycholinguistics 3
2. Complete five courses selected from the following, with not more than two from CEP:  
  CEP 920 Construction of Psychoeducational Instruments 3
  CEP 921 Psychometric Theory I 3
  CEP 922 Psychometric Theory II 3
  CEP 923 Item Response Theory 3
  CEP 934 Multivariate Data Analysis I 4
  CEP 935 Advanced Topics in Multivariate Data Analysis II 4
  LIN 824 Phonological Theory I 3
  LIN 825 Phonological Theory II 3
  LIN 834 Syntactic Theory I 3
  LIN 835 Syntactic Theory II 3
  LIN 837 Advanced Studies in Semantics and Pragmatics 3
  LIN 850 Advanced Studies in Child Language Acquisition 3
  LIN 855 Advanced Studies in Neurolinguistics 3
  LIN 871 Advanced Studies in Sociolinguistics 3
  LIN 875 Advanced Studies in Computational Linguistics 3
  LLT 992 Seminar in English as a Second Language 3
3. Within one year of completion of the course work, students must write two qualifying research papers in two separate areas. One of those papers must be presented publicly in an appropriate venue approved by the student’s guidance committee. The second paper must be defended to the student’s guidance committee.  
4. Write and successfully defend a dissertation proposal including a description of the dissertation, a tentative outline, methodology, where appropriate, and a tentative bibliography.  
5. Pass a final oral examination in defense of the dissertation.  

Guidance Committee

The Program Director will serve as the initial advisor. By the end of the first semester, two advisors will be assigned to each student, with input from the student. By the end of the first year of study, the student will select a guidance committee. This committee will be comprised of four members, including two core second language studies faculty members.

Academic Standards

In order for the student to be considered in good standing, the student must:

  1. Maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 in all courses.
  2. Receive a grade of at least 3.0 in courses to be considered as  satisfying any requirement.

Any required examination, pre-dissertation or dissertation defenses, can be repeated only once and must be completed the semester following initial failure.