The Departments of Linguistics and Department of Computer Science are pleased to announce that they have teamed up to jointly offer a new degree option, an MS in Computational Linguistics, Analytics, Search and Informatics (CLASIC), which was approved following a unanimous vote of the University of Colorado Board of Regents in April, 2016. Professor Martha Palmer, who holds a joint appointment in the two departments, developed the proposal. She and Jim Martin (Computer Science) will direct the program. CLASIC is a stand-alone professional Master of Science degree that is interdisciplinary by design and which will begin in fall, 2016. The program is intended to provide students with a solid background in both theoretical linguistics and computer science. Graduates of the program will be specialists in the application of computers to the processing of natural languages, such as English, Chinese, Arabic and Urdu. The field of computational linguistics, also known as text analytics, natural language processing, and informatics, is burgeoning and has become critical to the success of mainstream global businesses who compete for employees qualified to address these needs. The interdisciplinary nature of CLASIC is a significant market strength because success in thise developing field of natural language processing requires a strong background in both Linguistics and Computer Science. The training will prepare students for careers in predictive text messaging, search engines, question-answering, interactive virtual agents and machine translation.
CLASIC students will complete a two year degree (32 hours of approved graduate study in Linguistics and Computer Science) including a 2 hour capstone project that will run in conjunction with an internship or CU based research project. As part of the capstone, students will be evaluated by their employer or industry project manager. Students will prepare a technical report on the completed project that the program directors and project leader will jointly evaluate.