Hispanic Linguistics Track

Students wishing to follow the M.A. concentration in Hispanic Linguistics take courses in Sociolinguistics and Applied Linguistics in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, as well as courses in Sociolinguistics in the Department of English M.A. program in Sociolinguistics.

Our graduates have been admitted to top Ph.D. programs around the country, or have obtained college or secondary teaching positions following graduation.

Students in Hispanic Linguistics should follow the course of study outlined below, in consultation with their program advisor.

*Part-time students should begin with FLS 502, since this course is a pre-requisite for other graduate linguistics courses.

1st Year

Fall semester (9 hours):

  • FL 541 - Critical Approaches to Literary Theory and Culture (required of all students)
  • FLS 502 - Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (required of all students)
  • FL 507 - College Teaching of Foreign Languages (required of all incoming TAs; recommended for all students)


Spring semester (9 hours):
Students should take the following blocks of courses, offered alternating years

Odd-numbered years

  • FLS 515 - History of the Spanish Language
  • FL 508 - Second Language Acquisition (Taught in English)
  • Elective in English Sociolinguistics or Departmental elective (FLS 5XX)

Even-numbered years

  • FLS 503 - Spanish Applied Linguistics
  • FLS 509 - Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
  • Elective in English Sociolinguistics or Departmental elective (FLS 5XX)
  • Summer between 1st and 2nd years: Begin research for Culminating M.A. Project (consult Hispanic Linguistics faculty for details)

2nd Year

Fall semester (9 hours):

  • FLS 504 - Spanish Language Change and Variation
  • Departmental Elective (FLS 5XX)
  • Elective in English Sociolinguistics or Departmental elective (FLS 5XX)

Spring semester (3-9 hours):
Students should take the following blocks of courses, offered alternating years

Odd-numbered years

  • FLS 515 - History of the Spanish Language
  • FL 508 - Second Language Acquisition (Taught in English)
  • FLS 675 - Special Project in Spanish (Culminating Project hours)

Even-numbered years

  • FLS 503 - Spanish Applied Linguistics
  • FLS 509 - Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
  • FLS 675 - Special Project in Spanish (Culminating Project hours)

Present Culminating Master's Project
Total Hours: 30 hours minimum required for graduation - 18 hours minimum in the FLS track

36 total hours offered in which 24 hours of Linguistics coursework are possible if students take all courses offered (highly recommended for students that may want to continue their graduate studies).

Interested students should contact Dr. Jim Michnowicz or Dr. Mark Darhower for more information.

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