Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

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.