The department offers graduate students an empirically based program of study and research focusing on ethnographic, cognitive, computational and functional linguistics. Specializations include African linguistics, Native American languages, computational linguistics, conversation and discourse analysis, experimental phonetics, functional syntactic theory, historical linguistics, language acquisition, psycholinguistics, semantic theory and sociolinguistics.

Degrees Offered

  • MA, MS, PhD

MA for TESOL Professionals
Requires 30 hours of approved graduate study, including both Linguistics and the pedagogy of teaching English as a second language. Students prepare a professional portfolio and complete a modified comprehensive examination. Application procedures are the same as for the Linguistics MA, but please indicate "TESOL" as your proposed area of specialization

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MS in Computational Linguistics (CLASIC)
Requires 32 hours of approved graduate study, including both Linguistics and Compute Science courses. Students will complete a 2 hour capstone project that will run in conjunction with an internship or CU based research project. Students will prepare a technical report on the completed project that the program directors and project leader will jointly evaluate. Application information

Contact Information

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Phone: 303-492-8456