Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages

Sonja Fritzsche, Chairperson

The department offers graduate degree programs in Linguistics, German, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and undergraduate programs in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, German, and Russian languages and cultures as well as Linguistics. In addition, instruction is offered in other languages such as Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Swahili, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Students study Linguistics, TESOL, Arabic, Chinese, German, Japanese, Russian or other languages as part of their education in the liberal arts and sciences and to increase their effectiveness in scientific research, teaching, government service, foreign trade or advanced scholarship. Within the framework of course offerings and the needs and interests of students, broad flexibility is possible in the department's degree programs. The programs are designed primarily to develop knowledge of linguistics, language teaching, or particular languages, literatures and cultures. Minors are available in Arabic, Chinese, Cognitive Science, German, Japanese, Korean, Linguistics, Russian, and TESOL. The department’s goal is to offer degree candidates in linguistics a solid theoretical and experimental grounding; in TESOL  a solid theoretical and practical base in second/foreign language learning and teaching; and in language, literature and culture a combination of traditional training and the pedagogical skills needed in modern school systems, colleges, and universities. In courses and seminars undergraduate research is valued and encouraged.
 

 

 


Undergraduate Programs


Arabic

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Arabic is designed to develop both the linguistic and intercultural skills of students to an advanced level of language competency. Students will study modern standard Arabic and Arabic culture and literature. The major focuses on creating proficient speakers of Arabic who can apply their language skills in a variety of disciplines and careers.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the major should consult an undergraduate advisor in Arabic.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Arabic                   
 

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the  Undergraduate  Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Arabic.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Arabic major is met by completing Arabic 401 or 402 or 460 or 461.  Those courses are referenced in items 3. a. and 3. b. below.
  2. The  requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree. The completion of Arabic 202 satisfies the College of Arts and Letters requirement of second-year competency in a foreign language.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following courses (24 credits):
    ARB 201 Second-Year Arabic I 5
    ARB 202 Second-Year Arabic II 5
    ARB 301 Third-Year Arabic I 4
    ARB 302 Third-Year Arabic II 4
    ARB 401 Fourth-Year Arabic I (W) 3
    ARB 402 Fourth-Year Arabic II (W) 3
    b. All of the following courses (9 credits):
    ARB 360 Arabic Language and Society 3
    ARB 460 Special Topics in Arabic Culture (W) 3
    ARB 461 Introduction to Arabic Literature (W) 3
    c. Completion of a capstone experience.
    This requirement may be satisfied by completion of special assignments in Arabic 460 or 461, an advanced 400-level Arabic language course, ARB 499 Senior Thesis Research, or advanced language study during an approved study abroad program.
    d. A cognate of 12 credits in the field of Middle Eastern Studies approved by the student's academic advisor.

Additional Major in Arabic

This option is designed to encourage students to combine a major in Arabic with a major in another field such as business, economics, history, international relations, political science, or another foreign language.  Students electing this option must meet the requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree and must complete the requirements 3. a. as well as select one of the courses listed in 3. b. (Arabic 360 or 460 or 461) in the Bachelor of Arts degree in Arabic above to fulfill the requirement of 27 semester credits.


Minor in Arabic

The Minor in Arabic, which is administered by the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, will provide students the opportunity to acquire a core of basic knowledge of Arabic language and culture.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Arabic.  With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in Arabic.

Requirements for the Minor in Arabic

Complete a minimum of 16 credits from the following:
1. All of the following courses (13 credits):
ARB 202 Second-Year Arabic II 5
ARB 301 Third-Year Arabic I 4
ARB 302 Third-Year Arabic II 4
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):
ARB 360 Arabic Language and Society 3
ARB 460 Special Topics in Arabic Culture (W) 3
ARB 461 Introduction to Arabic Literature (W) 3

Chinese

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese is designed to equip students with functional proficiency in the language, and cultural sensitivity to and factual knowledge about China. Study abroad is encouraged to provide students with firsthand experience of cultures superficially different from those to which they are accustomed, but are similar in many ways at the level of human interaction.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the major should consult an undergraduate adviser in Chinese.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chinese

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the  Undergraduate  Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Chinese major is met by completing Chinese 401 or 402.  Those courses are referenced in item 3. a. below.
  2. The  requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree. The completion of Chinese 201 and 202 satisfies the College of Arts and Letters requirement of second-year competency in a foreign language.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. All of the following courses (24 credits):  
      CHS 201 Second-Year Chinese I 5
      CHS 202 Second-Year Chinese II 5
      CHS 301 Third-Year Chinese I 4
      CHS 302 Third-Year Chinese II 4
      CHS 401 Fourth-Year Chinese I (W) 3
      CHS 402 Fourth-Year Chinese II (W) 3
    b. Both of the following courses (6 credits):  
      CHS 366 Chinese Culture 3
      CHS 466 Chinese Literature 3
    c. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
      CHS 350 Studies in Chinese Language 3
      CHS 411 Advanced Spoken Chinese 3
    d. Completion of a capstone experience.  
      This requirement may be satisfied by completion of special assignments in Chinese 302 (in China), 366, 402 or 466. The capstone experience must be approved by the student’s advisor.  
    e. Study Abroad: Students with a primary major in Chinese are strongly encouraged to participate in a study abroad experience approved by the Chinese program. MSU study abroad programs are available at various sites in China and vary in length.  
    f.

    In order to fulfill the college-level cognate requirement, students should consider the following disciplinary areas from within the College of Arts and Letters: English literature, linguistics, philosophy, art history, and religious studies. Suggested disciplinary areas from outside the college are: sociology, political science, economics, communication and history. With advisor approval history may be treated as a cognate within the College of Arts and Letters. Students are encouraged to formulate interdisciplinary thematic areas for both cognates. Both the cognates and the related courses must be approved by the student’s academic advisor.

     


 


Additional Major in Chinese

This option is designed to encourage students to combine a major in Chinese with a major in another field.  Students electing an additional major must meet the requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree and must complete requirements 3. a. and 3. b. in the Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese above to fulfill the requirement of 30 semester credits.

 


Minor in Chinese

The Minor in Chinese, which is administered by the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, provides students the opportunity to acquire a core of basic knowledge of Chinese language and culture.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chinese.  With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages.

Requirements for the Minor in Chinese

               
Complete a minimum of 16 credits from the following:  
1. Both of the following courses (10 credits):  
  CHS 201 Second-Year Chinese I 5
  CHS 202 Second-Year Chinese II 5
2. Two of the following courses (6 to 8 credits):  
  CHS 301 Third-Year Chinese I 4
  CHS 302 Third-Year Chinese II 4
  CHS 350 Studies in Chinese Language 3
  CHS 366 Chinese Culture 3

 

 


German

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in German

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the  Undergraduate  Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in German.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the German major is met by completing German 420, 435, 445  or 455.  Those courses are referenced in item 3. a. (3) below.
  2. The  requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

    The completion of requirement 3. a. (7) referenced below satisfies one of the cognates required by the College.  The second cognate must be in a field outside the College.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. The following German courses (34 to 40 credits):  
      (1) Two of the following courses (6 credits):  
        GRM 301 Third-Year German I 3
        GRM 302 Third-Year German II 3
        GRM 311 Business German I 3
      (2) Six additional credits at the 300-level, including at least one of the following courses (6 credits):  
        GRM 341 German Literature and Culture Before 1918 3
        GRM 342 German Literature and Culture Since 1918 3
      (3) Twelve credits at the 400-level selected from the following courses (12 credits):  
        GRM 420 Advanced German (W) 3
        GRM 435 18th and 19th German Literary Studies (W) 3
        GRM 445 20th Century and Contemporary German Literary Studies (W) 3
        GRM 455 Major Themes in German Cultural History (W) 3
        GRM 460 Linguistic Analysis of Modern German 3
        GRM 491 Special Topics in German Studies 1 to 4
      (4) The following capstone course (1 credit):  
        GRM 492 Capstone Project 1
      (5) German electives:  Additional credits in German courses numbered 250 and above, with the exception of German 400, as needed to meet the requirement of at least 34, but not more than 40, credits in courses in the major. A maximum of 3 credits of German 250 or Linguistics and Languages 250A may be counted as elective credits toward the major.  
      (6) Study Abroad requirement: Students with a primary major in German are expected to participate in a study abroad experience approved by the German program. MSU study abroad programs are available at various sites in Germany and Austria throughout the year. Completion of German 202, or the equivalent, is a requirement for participation. Under special circumstances, equivalent experiences may be approved by the department.  
      (7) Cognate Requirement:  One 12–credit cognate in the field of European Studies. 12

 


Additional Major in German

This option is designed to encourage students to combine a major in German with a major in another field such as international relations, political science, English, another foreign language, or engineering.  Students electing this option must meet the requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree and must complete the following requirements for the major in German:

  1. The German courses listed in items 3. a. (1) through (4) under the heading Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in German above, plus one additional course of at least 3 credits, to meet the requirement of 28 credits. Additional majors are also expected to participate in a study abroad program as listed in item 3. a. (6) above.

 


Minor in German

The Minor in German, which is administered by the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, provides students the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge of the German language and German cultures.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Arts Degree in German.  With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages.

Requirements for the Minor in German

Complete a minimum of 15 credits from the following. At least 12 credits must be at the 300-level or higher.
1. GRM 201 Second-Year German I 4
2. GRM 202 Second-Year German II 4
3. Course work in German at the 300 or 400-level as approved by the advisor for the minor.

Minor in Indian and South Asian Languages and Cultures

The Minor in Indian and South Asian Languages and Cultures equips students with linguistic and cultural proficiency focused on India and the other nations of South Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal, and Tibet) to enable their future work across the region and the disciplines. Students gain global cultural understanding, develop communication skills, and think analytically. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in study abroad programs, internships, student-centered organizations, and experiential learning opportunities through which they can practice the language and deepen their cultural understanding. Students will become conversant with digital technologies as an integrated part of their academic training in preparation for their career beyond MSU.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University.  With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree. 

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages.

Requirements for the Minor in Indian and South Asian Languages and Cultures

Students must fulfill the following requirements:

1. Complete the equivalent of 2.5 years of academic study in a South Asian language or demonstrate equivalent proficiency through placement testing. Any courses needed at the 200-level or above to fulfill this requirement may count towards the 17 credits required for the minor.
2. Complete additional courses needed to reach 17 credits from the following courses:
ASN 291 Special Topics in Asian Languages 1 to 4
ASN 491 Special Topics in Asian Languages 1 to 6
ENG 360 Studies in Postcolonial and Diaspora Literature (W) 3
HA 260 Asian Art 3
HA 261 Modern Asian Art 3
HA 461 Selected Topics in Modern Asian Art 4
MUS 425 Music of South Asian and Its Diaspora 2
REL 340 Hinduism 3
REL 345 Religions of South Asia 3
REL 350 Buddhism of South Asia 3
Students must obtain advisor approval before enrolling in ASN 291, ASN 491, ENG 360, and HA 461 to ensure appropriate South Asian content. Other South Asian language courses not used to fulfill the language requirement in item 1. and other approved courses with South Asian content may be used to fulfill the requirements of the minor.



 

Japanese

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese is designed to equip students with functional proficiency in the language, and cultural sensitivity to and factual knowledge about Japan. Study abroad is encouraged to provide students with firsthand experience of cultures superficially different from those to which they are accustomed, but are similar in many ways at the level of human interaction.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the major should consult an undergraduate advisor in Japanese.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Japanese

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the  Undergraduate  Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Japanese major is met by completing Japanese 469.  This course is referenced in item 3. b. below.
  2. The  requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree. The completion of Japanese 202 satisfies the College of Arts and Letters requirement of second-year competency in a foreign language.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. All of the following courses (19 credits):  
      JPN 202 Second-Year Japanese II 5
      JPN 301 Third-Year Japanese I 4
      JPN 302 Third-Year Japanese II 4
      JPN 401 Fourth-Year Japanese I 3
      JPN 402 Fourth-Year Japanese II 3
      Students who place out of any of these courses may take additional electives from item 3. c. below to make-up for deficient credits in this requirement. Students may also choose from the following elective courses to make-up deficient credits: Japanese 290, 490, 493, or 499. Course work used to make-up deficient credits must be approved by the student's academic advisor.   
    b. Both of the following courses (6 credits):  
      JPN 369 Introduction to Japanese Literature and Culture 3
      JPN 469 Seminar in Japanese Literature and Culture (W) 3
    c. Two of the following courses (6 credits):  
      JPN 350 Studies in Japanese Language 3
      JPN 431 Advanced Spoken Japanese 3
      JPN 441 Japanese Short Stories 3
      JPN 451 Advanced Japanese for Japanese Language Proficiency Test Preparation 3
      JPN 471 Classical Japanese I 3
      JPN 472 Classical Japanese II 3
    d. Completion of a capstone experience.  
      This requirement may be satisfied by completion of Japanese 493 or 499 or by completion of special assignments in Japanese 401, 402, 431, 441, 451, 469, 471, or 472. The capstone experience must be approved by the student’s advisor.  
    e. Study Abroad: Students with a primary major in Japanese are strongly encouraged to participate in a study abroad experience approved by the Japanese program. Michigan State University study abroad programs are available at various sites in Japan throughout the year.  
    f. A cognate of 12 credits in the field of East Asian Studies. At least 6 credits must be within the College of Arts and Letters. Both the cognate and the related courses must be approved by the student’s academic advisor.  



Additional Major in Japanese

This option is designed to encourage students to combine a major in Japanese with a major in another field.  Students electing an additional major must meet the requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree and must complete requirements 3. a., 3. b., and one course from 3. c. in the Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese above to fulfill the requirement of 28 semester credits.

 


Minor in Japanese

The Minor in Japanese, which is administered by the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, provides students the opportunity to acquire a core of basic knowledge of Japanese language and culture.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Japanese.  With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages.

Requirements for the Minor in Japanese

               
Complete 16 to 17 credits from the following:  
1. All of the following courses (13 credits):  
  JPN 201 Second-Year Japanese I 5
  JPN 202 Second-Year Japanese II 5
  JPN 369 Introduction to Japanese Literature and Culture 3
2. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
  JPN 301 Third-Year Japanese I 4
  JPN 302 Third-Year Japanese II 4
  JPN 350 Studies in Japanese Language 3

 

 


Minor in Korean

The Minor in Korean, which is administered by the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, equips students with linguistic proficiency in the Korean language and cultural literacy about Korea and its place in the world. Students gain global cultural understanding, develop communication skills, and think analytically. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in study abroad programs, internships, student-centered organizations, and experiential learning opportunities through which they can practice the language and deepen their cultural understanding.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University.  With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in the department.

Requirements for the Minor in Korean

Students must complete a minimum of 17 credits from the following:
1. All of the following courses (11 credits):
KOR 201 Intermediate Korean I 4
KOR 202 Intermediate Korean II 4
KOR 301 Intermediate-High Korean I 3
2. Two of the following courses (6 credits):
KOR 291 Intermediate Topics in Korean Studies 1 to 6
KOR 302 Intermediate-High Korean II 3
KOR 401 Advanced Korean I 3
KOR 402 Advanced Korean II 3
KOR 491 Advanced Topics in Korean Studies 1 to 6
Other courses that contain a substantive amount of Korean or Korea-related content may be used for this requirement with approval of the Korean minor advisor.

Linguistics

Linguistics is the scientific study of the nature of human language and the characteristics of particular languages. It is a field with close ties to many areas of study, such as English, foreign languages, psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, history, mathematics, and speech and language pathology; majors may emphasize any one or more of these areas.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the  Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Linguistics major is met by completing Linguistics 499. That course is referenced in item 3. a. (2) below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. The following Linguistics courses (32 to 38 credits):  
      (1) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
        LIN 200 Introduction to Language 3
        LIN 401 Introduction to Linguistics 4
      (2) All of the following courses (14 credits):  
        LIN 424 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology 3
        LIN 431 Introduction to Morphology 3
        LIN 434 Introduction to Syntax 3
        LIN 437 Semantics and Pragmatics 3
        LIN 499 Senior Thesis Research (W) 2
        The completion of Linguistics 499 satisfies the capstone course requirement for the Linguistics major.  
      (3) Linguistics electives:  Additional credits in Linguistics courses as needed to meet the requirement of at least 32, but not more than 38, credits in courses in the major.  

 


Minor in Linguistics

The minor in Linguistics, which is administered by the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, will provide a minimum foundation in the field; general knowledge and basic findings and theories in one of the core areas of phonetics-phonology or syntax; and knowledge of one or two subfields selected according to the interest of the student. The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics. With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements of the minor should consult the undergraduate advisor in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages.

Requirements for the Minor in Linguistics

               
Complete a minimum of 15 credits from the following:  
1. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
  LIN 200 Introduction Language 3
  LIN 401 Introduction to Linguistics 4
2. Both of the following courses (6 credits):  
  LIN 424 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology 3
  LIN 434 Syntax     3
3. Complete an additional 6 credits in linguistics courses as approved by the academic advisor. No more than 3 credits of Linguistics 490 Independent Study may be counted towards this requirement.  

 


Russian

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Russian

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the  Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Russian major is met by completing Russian 440 or 441. Those courses are referenced in item 3. a. (1) below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. The following Russian courses (32 to 40 credits):  
      (1) All of the following courses (20 credits):  
        RUS 201 Second–Year Russian I 4
        RUS 202 Second–Year Russian II 4
        RUS 420 Russian Life and Culture Before World War I 3
        RUS 421 Russian Life and Culture in the 20th Century 3
        RUS 440 Contemporary Russian Life and Culture (W) 3
        RUS 441 Russian Literature (W) 3
      (2) A capstone experience.  This requirement may be satisfied by completing special assignments in Russian 420, 421, 440, or 441; by completing RUS 341Russian Life and Culture of the 20th Century, in Russia, or by completing RUS 499 Senior Thesis Research.  
      (3) Russian electives:  Additional credits in Russian courses numbered 201 and above, as needed to meet the requirement of at least 32, but not more than 40, credits in courses in the major.  

The following cognates from within the College of Arts and Letters are suggested: English literature, history, linguistics, philosophy, art history, and religious studies. Suggested disciplinary cognates from outside the college are:  sociology, psychology, political science, economics, or communication. For both required cognates, students are also encouraged to formulate interdisciplinary thematic areas.

 


Additional Major in Russian

This option is designed to encourage students to combine a major in Russian with a major in another field such as international relations, political science, English, another foreign language, or hotel and restaurant management.  Students electing this option must meet the requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree and must complete the following requirements for the major in Russian:

  1. The Russian courses listed in items 3. a. (1) and 3. a. (2) under the heading Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Russian (20 credits).
  2. Six additional credits in Russian courses numbered 201 and above.
  3. The completion of a major in addition to Russian satisfies one of the cognates required by the College of Arts and Letters.



Minor in Russian

The minor in Russian, which is administered by the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, will provide students the opportunity to acquire a core of basic knowledge of Russia, Russian culture, and the Russian language. The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Russian. With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements of the minor should consult the undergraduate advisor in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages.

Requirements for the Minor in Russian

               
Complete a minimum of 15 credits from the following courses:  
RUS 201 Second-Year Russian I 4
RUS 202 Second-Year Russian II 4
RUS 231 19th Century Russian Literature in Translation 3
RUS 232 20th Century Russian Literature in Translation 3
RUS 311 Advanced Russian: Oral Communication (I) 3
RUS 341 Russian Life and Culture of the 20th Century 3
RUS 420 Russian Life and Culture before World War I 3
RUS 421 Russian Culture of the 20th Century 3
RUS 440 Contemporary Russian Life and Culture (W) 3
RUS 441 Russian Literature (W) 3

 


Minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The Minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, which is administered by the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, provides students with the skills necessary to construct learning activities, select and evaluate English teaching.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University except for students in the College of Education. With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages.

Requirements for the Minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Students must complete a minimum of 15 or 16 credits from the following:

               
1. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
ENG 302 Introduction to English Language Studies 3
LIN 200 Introduction to Language 3
LIN 401 Introduction to Linguistics 4
2. All of the following courses (12 credits):
LLT 306 Methods of Teaching Adult and Community English to Speakers of Other Languages 3
LLT 346 Pedagogical English Grammar for English Teachers 3
LLT 361 Second and Foreign Language Learning 3
LLT 496 Practicum in Adult English as a Second Language Teaching 3

 

Minor in Cognitive Science

The Minor in Cognitive Science introduces students to one of the most important remaining mysteries in science: the nature of the mind and how biological systems process complex information to produce thought and adaptive behavior, and how artificial systems can be endowed with the same capabilities. The scientific study of the nature of mind requires familiarity with many different theoretical perspectives and empirical traditions, and an appreciation for the concerns of several different academic disciplines. Students enrolled in this minor will gain understanding from a variety of disciplinary viewpoints, of problems in cognitive science.

The Minor in Cognitive Science is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the Minor in Cognitive Science should consult the undergraduate advisor for cognitive science.

Requirements for the Minor in Cognitive Science

Students must complete a minimum of 18 credits from the courses listed below. Independent study and special topics courses must be approved in advance by the advisor for the minor, to ensure that the content of the course is specifically related to cognitive science. Students are encouraged to take advantage of research opportunities with specific faculty members through independent study. The students program of study must be approved by the advisor for the minor.

               
1. Complete the following course (3 credits):  
  LIN 463 Introduction to Cognitive Science 3
2. Complete at least 6 credits from one of the following disciplinary areas. Additional courses in the focus area may be approved by the advisor.  
  Communicative Sciences and Disorders  
  CSD 203 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders 3
  CSD 213 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms 3
  CSD 232 Descriptive Phonetics 2
  CSD 333 Oral Language Development 3
  Computer Science and Engineering  
  CSE 440 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 3
  CSE 460 Computability and Formal Language Theory 3
  CSE 484 Information Retrieval 3
  Kinesiology  
  KIN 365 Sensorimotor Control 3
  KIN 443 Psychophysiological Aspects of Kinesiology 3
  Linguistics          
  LIN 401 Introduction to Linguistics 4
  LIN 424 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology 3
  LIN 431 Introduction to Morphology 3
  LIN 434 Introduction to Syntax 3
  LIN 437 Semantics and Pragmatics 3
  LIN 450 Child Language Acquisition 3
  LIN 455 Neurolinguistics 3
  LIN 471 Sociolinguistics 3
  Neuroscience  
  NEU 301 Introduction to Neuroscience I 3
  NEU 302 Introduction to Neuroscience II 3
  Philosophy          
  PHL 330 Formal Reasoning 4
  PHL 360 Philosophy of Language 3
  PHL 431 Topics in Philosophy of Logic and Language 3
  PHL 462 Philosophy of Mind 3
  Psychology          
  PSY 200 Cognitive Psychology 3
  PSY 301 Cognitive Neuroscience 3
  PSY 401 Expertise and Skill (W) 3
  PSY 402 Sensation and Perception (W) 3
  PSY 410 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (W) 3
  Zoology            
  ZOL 313 Animal Behavior 3
  ZOL 402 Neurobiology 3
  ZOL 415 Ecological Aspects of Animal Behavior (W) 3
3. Complete at least 9 additional credits in course work as approved by the advisor for the minor. Additional courses may be chosen from courses above except from the focus area chosen.  

 


Teacher Certification Options

The Arabic, Chinese, German, and Japanese disciplinary majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree are available for teacher certification.

Arabic, Chinese, German, Japanese, Russian, and teaching English to speakers of other languages disciplinary minors are also available for teacher certification.

Students with an Arabic disciplinary teaching major are required to complete Arabic 201, 202, 301, 302, 401, 402, 460, and 461; and the following additional pedagogy course: LLT 307 Methods of Second and Foreign Language Teaching. Language, Learning and Teaching 307 may be used to satisfy the requirements referenced in item 3. c. under the heading Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Arabic.

Students with a Chinese disciplinary major are required to complete Chinese 201, 202, 301, 302, 350, 366, 401, 402; 466 and the following additional pedagogy course: Language, Learning and Teaching 307.

Students with a German disciplinary major are required to complete German 460 and 461 as part of their major course work, as well as the requirements for teacher certification. German 461 may be used to satisfy the requirements referenced in item 3. a. (5) under the heading Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in German.

Students with a Japanese disciplinary major are required to complete Japanese 202, 301, 302, 350, 369, 401, 402, and 469; and the following additional pedagogy course: Language, Learning and Teaching 307. Language, Learning and Teaching 307 may be substituted by a Japanese pedagogy course, when offered.

Students who elect the Arabic, Chinese, German, or Japanese disciplinary major, or the Arabic, Chinese, German, Japanese, Russian or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) disciplinary minor, must contact the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages.

For additional information, refer to the statement on TEACHER CERTIFICATION in the Department of Teacher Education section of this catalog.



Linked Bachelor's-Master's Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics
Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The department welcomes applications from Michigan State University Linguistics undergraduate students in their junior and senior year.  Admission applications must be made during the prior spring semester for an anticipated Spring graduation or the prior fall semester for an anticipated fall graduation to allow admission before the final semester as a Linguistics undergraduate.  Admission to the program requires a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.25 and an approved program of study for the Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at the time of admission. Admission to the Linked Bachelor’s-Master’s program allows the application of up to 9 credits toward the master’s program for qualifying 400-level and above course work taken at the undergraduate level at Michigan State University or another postsecondary accredited institution of comparable academic quality. The number of approved credits, not to exceed 9, are applied toward the credit requirement of the master’s degree. Credits applied to the Linked Bachelor’s-Master’s program are not eligible to be applied to any other graduate degree program.

 


Graduate Study

Students who are enrolled in master’s or doctoral degree programs in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages may elect an Interdepartmental Specialization in Cognitive Science. For additional information, refer to the statement on Interdepartmental Graduate Specializations in Cognitive Science in the College of Social Science section of this catalog and contact the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages.

 


Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - Master of Arts

This program is designed to help meet the national and international need for teachers of English as a second language.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university, of the College of Arts and Letters, and of the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts degree program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, each applicant must:

  1. include in the application a 500-700 word statement providing the applicants academic background and reasons for pursuing the advanced degree for which application has been made.
  2. have three persons who are qualified to comment on the applicants ability to pursue graduate study forward letters of recommendation to the department.
  3. have the results of the Graduate Record Examination General Test forwarded to the university if the applicant is a native speaker of English.
  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:

  1. a baccalaureate degree in English or another language–oriented field.
  2. a cumulative grade–point average of at least 3.25 for the baccalaureate  degree program.

In addition, an international applicant is required to have fulfilled the university's English language proficiency requirement as described in the Graduate Education section of this catalog in one of the following three ways:

  1. have a total score of 600 (paper version) or 100 (internet version) or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language with no subscore below 55 (paper version) or 22 (internet version), or a minimum total score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with no subscore below 6.5.
  2. have an average score of 85 or higher on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery with no subscore below 83 and have the approval of the English Language Center.
  3. have an average score of 85 or higher on the English Language Center Test with no subscore below 83 and have the approval of the English Language Center.

Students are admitted for fall semester only.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Most students complete the program under Plan B (without thesis), although Plan A (with thesis) is also available.  A total of 37 credits is required for the degree under Plan A, and a total of 36 credits is required for the degree under Plan B.  The student's program of study must be approved by the student’s advisor.  The student must meet the requirements specified below:

               
Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B  
1. English as a Second Language and Second Language Acquisition.  
  All of the following courses (24 credits):  
  LLT 807 Language Teaching Methods 3
  LLT 808 Assessment for Language Teaching and Research 3
  LLT 809 Teaching Second Language Reading and Writing 3
  LLT 841 Topics in Second/Foreign Language Learning and Teaching 3
  LLT 860 Second Language Acquisition 3
  LLT 872 Research Methods for Language Teaching and Foreign/Second Language Learning
  LLT 895 English as a Second Language: Classroom Practices 3
  LLT 896 Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language 3
2. The Analysis of Language. Both of the following courses (6 credits):  
  LLT 822 Interlanguage Analysis 3
  LLT 846 English Structures and Functions 3
3. Language in its Social Contexts. One course dealing with language and culture, sociolinguistics, or language socialization and second language acquisition (3 credits).  
               
Additional Requirements for Plan A  
1. Four credits of LLT 899  Master's Thesis Research.  
2. Pass an oral examination in defense of the thesis.  
               
Additional Requirements for Plan B  
1. One TESOL related elective (3 credits).  
2. Pass a final certifying examination.  



German Studies - Master of Arts

The master's degree program in German studies is an integrated program that introduces students to a range of approaches including cultural studies, literary studies, global studies, film studies, language studies and teaching German as a foreign language. The master’s program is an ideal foundation for advanced graduate studies. The degree is also well suited for those teaching in the K-12 system as part of their continuing education. Outreach and co-curricular aspects of the program may also open opportunities for positions in academic or professional contexts.

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 program in German studies, an applicant must:

  1. Have the results of the Graduate Record Examination General Test forwarded to the department.
  2. Include in the letter required by the College a 500–word statement of purpose and summary of academic background. 
  3. Submit to the department a portfolio of representative work in German.

To be admitted to the program on regular status, an applicant must have:

  1. Completed at least 27 credits in approved second-, third-, and fourth-year courses in German language, literature, and culture at the college level.
  2. Achieved a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in the last two years of the undergraduate program.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in German Studies

The program is available under both Plan A (with thesis) and Plan B (without thesis).  A total of 31 credits is required for the degree under Plan A, and a total of 30 credits is required for the degree under Plan B.  The student's program of study must be approved by the student's academic advisor.  The student must meet the requirements specified below:

Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B

               
1. Complete both of the following courses (6 credits):  
  GRM 810 Theory and Practice of Teaching German 3
  GRM 820 German Literature and Culture: Theory and Practice 3
2. Complete one of the following courses:  
  GRM 461 Teaching German Language and Culture 3
  GRM 815 The Scholarship and Practice of Teaching German Culture 3
3. Complete 18 credits from the following as approved by the student's advisor:  
  a. A minimum of 9 credits from the following:  
    (1) A minimum of 3 credits from the following language courses:  
      GRM 460 Linguistic Analysis of Modern German 3
      GRM 805 The German Language: Relationships, Developments, and Varieties 3
      GRM 891 Special Topics in German Studies 3
      GRM 892 Seminar 3
      GRM 893 Interdisciplinary Seminar 3
    (2) A minimum of 3 credits from the following literature or cultural studies courses:  
      GRM 435 18th and 19th Century German Literary Studies (W) 3
      GRM 445 20th Century and Contemporary German Literary Studies (W) 3
      GRM 455 Major Themes in German Cultural History (W) 3
      GRM 862 German Studies: Constructions of Identity 3
      GRM 863 German Studies: Constructions of Community 3
      GRM 864 German Studies: Cultural Norms and Values 3
      GRM 865 German Studies: Culture in Context 3
      GRM 891 Special Topics on German Studies 3
      GRM 892 Seminar 3
      GRM 893 Interdisciplinary Seminar 3
  b. A maximum of 9 credits from areas relevant to the student’s program as approved by the advisor. Students should consult with the advisor for a list of approved areas which will meet this requirement.  
4. Complete readings contained in a personalized master's reading list.  

Additional Requirements for Plan A

  1. Complete 4 credits of GRM 899  Master's Thesis Research.
  2. Pass a final oral examination that covers the student's program of study , thesis, and reading list.

Additional Requirements for Plan B

Complete one of the following:

  1. Complete 3 additional credits in courses at the graduate level, and pass final written and oral examinations that cover the student’s program of study and reading list.
  2. Complete 3 credits of German 898 Master’s Research Project, and pass a final oral examination that covers the student’s program of study, master’s research project, and reading list.

 


German Studies - Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy in German Studies seeks to provide students with a critical understanding of the field of German studies in the digital age. The curriculum comprises the study of literature, culture, language and pedagogy within the context of the production and dissemination of knowledge via media and technology. The program emphasizes an integration of curricular and co-curricular activities in the comprehensive training of students in research, teaching, service, and outreach.  It is expected that at least two years of study will be devoted to course work. The program is designed to be completed in four years.

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 German Studies an applicant must:

  1. Have completed a bachelor's or master's degree in a relevant field.
  2. Have the results of the Graduate Record Examination General Test forwarded to the department.
  3. Submit a letter stating the applicant's academic background.
  4. Submit a 500-word statement of purpose and research interest.
  5. Submit to the department a writing sample, either a significant paper or a master's project, written in German and illustrative of the applicant's scholarly abilities.
  6. Provide contact information for an interview.

To be admitted to the program on regular status, the applicant must demonstrate German language proficiency sufficient to pursue graduate work in German, as determined by program faculty. If an applicant appears to have inadequate language proficiency, admission to the program may be granted provisionally.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in German Studies

The student must:

  1. Complete at least 24 credits but no more than 39 credits in courses approved by the guidance committee, including at least 18 credits in German studies and at least 6 credits outside of German studies according to the student’s research interests.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in German and English and document proficiency in a third language at a level appropriate to the student’s program of study, as determined by the guidance committee. 
  3. Pass written and oral doctoral comprehensive examinations.  The examinations will be administered by the student's guidance committee.
    1. Written comprehensive examination:
      The written comprehensive examination will consist of the following parts:
      1. portfolio consisting of a current curriculum vitae, an annotated list of relevant course work, one original research paper suitable for publication, and a reflective statement on one’s research activities, teaching philosophy, and participation in co-curricular pre-professional activities.
      2. four-hour examination on an area or areas coordinated by the guidance committee that is based on courses taken and a reading list approved by the student’s guidance committee.
        To assure breadth, the portfolio paper should be in a different area from the focus area examined in the written examination.
    2. Oral examination: The oral examination will consist of the following parts:
      1. A public presentation, based on the paper referenced in item (1) of the written examination, followed by a question and answer session. 
      2. A two-hour examination based on item (2) of the written examination.
  4. Submit a dissertation prospectus to the guidance committee no later than the end of the semester following the one in which the student passes the comprehensive examinations. Approval of the prospectus is required before the student may enroll for additional German 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research credits in subsequent semesters.
  5. Successfully defend the dissertation.

 


Linguistics - Master of Arts

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 program in linguistics, an applicant must:

  1. Have the results of the Graduate Record Examination General Test forwarded to the department.
  2. Include in the letter required by the college a 500–700 word statement of purpose and summary of academic background.

To be admitted to the program on regular status, an applicant must have:

  1. A grade–point average of at least 3.20 in courses completed in the last two years of the baccalaureate degree program.
  2. Completed an introductory survey course in linguistics.
  3. Completed at least two years of study in a foreign language at the college level.

Provisional Admission

Persons who have not met the requirements for admission on regular status as specified above may be admitted to the program on provisional status and be required to complete collateral courses.  A student who has not completed an introductory survey course in linguistics must enroll in Linguistics 401 during the first semester of enrollment in the program.  A student who has not completed at least two years of study in a foreign language at the college level should enroll in a foreign language course during the first semester of enrollment in the program.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Linguistics

The program is available under both Plan A (with thesis) and Plan B (without thesis).  A total of 30 credits is required for the degree under either Plan A or Plan B.  The student's program of study must be approved by the student's academic advisor.  The student must meet the requirements specified below:

Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B

  1. Complete 30 credits in Linguistics courses.
  2. Complete all of the following courses with a grade of at least 3.0 in each course:
    LIN    424    Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology (3)
    LIN    434    Introduction to Syntax (3)
    LIN    437    Semantics and Pragmatics (3)
    LIN    824    Phonological Theory I (3)
    LIN    834    Syntax Theory I (3) 

Additional Requirements for Plan A

  1. Complete 4 credits of LIN 899  Master's Thesis Research. No more than 4 credits of Linguistics 899 may be counted toward the degree.
  2. Complete 11 additional credits in Linguistics courses approved by the student's academic advisor.
  3. Pass an oral examination in defense of the thesis.

Additional Requirements for Plan B

  1. Complete 15 additional credits in Linguistics courses approved by the student's academic advisor.
  2. Pass a written final certifying examination in an area of applied or theoretical linguistics.

Academic Standards

The student must maintain a cumulative grade–point average of at least 3.20.


Linguistics - Doctor of Philosophy

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 linguistics, an applicant must:

  1. Have the results of the Graduate Record Examination General Test forwarded to the department.
  2. Submit to the department a master's thesis or other sample of written work as evidence of the applicant's ability to conduct doctoral–level research.
  3. Include in the letter required by the college a 700–1000 word statement of purpose and summary of academic background.

To be admitted to the program on regular status, an applicant must have:

  1. A bachelor’s or master's degree in linguistics or related field.
  2. Completed at least two years of study in a foreign language at the college level.
  3. A grade–point average of at least 3.50 in courses completed in all previous undergraduate or graduate work.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Linguistics

The student must:

1. Complete all of the following courses with a grade of at least 3.0 in each course. Any of the following courses or their equivalents may have been completed prior to enrolling in the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in linguistics.
LIN 431 Introduction to Morphology 3
LIN 437 Semantics and Pragmatics 3
LIN 824 Phonological Theory I 3
LIN 825 Phonological Theory II 3
LIN 834 Syntactic Theory I 3
LIN 835 Syntactic Theory II 3
An 800-level morphology-intensive course may be substituted for LIN 431 if approved by the student's guidance committee.
2. Complete two additional 800-level courses excluding Linguistics 890, at least one of which must be a Linguistics course. Additional courses may be required by the student’s guidance committee.
3. Pass the comprehensive examination by submitting two research papers of publishable quality in two different areas of linguistics and passing an oral examination for each paper. At least one of the papers must be in phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, or pragmatics.
 

Academic Standards

The student must:

  1. Maintain a cumulative grade–point average of at least 3.50.
  2. Not accumulate more than 6 credits with a grade below 3.0 in courses that are to be counted toward the degree.