Jul 05, 2022  
2020-2021 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Linguistics (BA) and Linguistics: Forensic Linguistics (MA), Dual-degree Program


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Qualified undergraduate students may elect to enroll in a dual-degree program, combining their undergraduate bachelor’s degree in linguistics with a master’s degree in linguistics: forensic linguistics. The dual-degree program requires the successful completion of a total of 148 s.h., including at least 112 s.h. at the undergraduate level and 36 s.h. at the graduate level. The dual-degree program can be completed in five years, including at least one summer session. Students who are admitted to the graduate portion of the dual-degree program may count the graduate courses LING 202 - Phonetics and Phonology  (fall), LING 205 - Semantics and Pragmatics  (spring), LING 206 - Sociolinguistics  (fall), and LING 221 - Linguistic Field Methods  (spring) toward both the BA and MA degree requirements. These 12 s.h. will apply to the undergraduate degree in addition to the required 112 s.h. of undergraduate course work, for a total of 124 s.h. for the BA.

Admission to the Dual-Degree Program for Incoming Students


Incoming first-year students entering Hofstra may apply for admission to this dual-degree program. For those who choose to submit a standardized test score, a 1240 or better on the critical reading and mathematics sections of the SAT (or an ACT score of 25) is recommended.  Applicants must have an overall high school GPA of 3.5 (or be in the top 15 percent of their high school graduating class) in order to be considered for admission.  First-year students admitted to the dual-degree program will be admitted automatically at the end of their junior year to the MA program in Linguistics: Forensic Linguistics provided they fulfill the following requirements:

  1. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 in linguistics courses at the time of application to the MA program, or upon completion of 92 s.h. of course work toward their BA degree in linguistics.
  2. Successful completion of LING 101,151 or SPCH 005a, LING 152, and 171 or 172 by the end of the semester in which they apply for admission to the dual-degree program.
  3. Submission of two letters of recommendation.
  4. Interview with program director (in person, by phone, or by videoconference).
  5. Submission of written statement of professional interests and goals.

Admission to the Dual-Degree Program for Current Hofstra students


Qualified Hofstra students majoring in linguistics may apply, through the Office of Graduate Admission, to the dual-degree Linguistics (BA) and Linguistics: Forensic Linguistics (MA) prior to successfully completing 92 semester hours of undergraduate course work. In order to qualify for admission to the dual-degree program, a student must have attained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of application and a 3.0 in the linguistics major. Students admitted to the dual-degree program should note that admission to the MA portion of the dual-degree program requires the fulfillment of the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 92 credits with a 3.0 overall GPA.
  2. Successful completion of LING 101, 151 or SPCH 005a, LING 152, and 171 or 172 by the end of the semester in which they apply for admission to the dual-degree program.
  3. Submission of two letters of recommendation.
  4. Interview with program director (in person, by phone, or by videoconference).
  5. Submission of written statement of professional interests and goals.

Undergraduate Program Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 30


See the complete requirements for the BA degree as listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Consists of the successful completion of 30 s.h. as follows: 12 s.h. of required courses, 12 s.h. of required graduate-level courses (taken in the senior year of undergraduate studies), and 6 s.h. of additional LING and/or other language-related elective courses.

Required Courses (12 s.h.)


  • LING 101 - (IS) Introduction to Linguistics Semester Hours:3
  • LING - 151 - Phonetics and Phonology Semester Hours: 3

or

  • SPCH 005A Phonetics Semester Hours: 3
     

  • LING 152 - Morphology and Syntax Semester Hours: 3
     

  • LING 171 - (IS) Sociolinguistics Semester Hours: 3

or

  • LING 172 - (CC) Language and Society in Africa, Asia and Latin America Semester Hours: 3

Required Graduate-level Courses (12 s.h.)


Additional Linguistics/Language-related Electives (6 s.h.)


Recommended courses:

 

  • LING 007 - Linguistics of Asian Writing Systems
  • LING 012S - First-Year Seminar
  • LING 014F - First-Year Seminar
  • LING 014S - First-Year Seminar
  • LING 102 - (IS) Semantics and Pragmatics
  • LING 103 - The Classical Roots of English Words
  • LING 111 - Origins of Medical Terminiology
  • LING 137 - Introduction to Corpus Linguistics
  • LING 158 - (IS) Forensic Linguistics
  • LING 161 -  Historical Linguistics
  • LING 162 - Applied Linguistics
  • LING 171 - (IS) Sociolinguistics
  • LING 172 - (CC) Language and Society in Africa, Asia and Latin America
  • LING 181 - Special Studies in Linguistics
  • LING 191 - Departmental Honors Candidacy: Essay
  • LING 192  - Internship in Linguistics
  • ANTH 004  - (BH, CC) World Cultures
  • ANTH 134 - (BH) Culture and Communication
  • ANTH 148 - Mind, Culture and Society
  • ASL 001 - American Sign Language I
  • ASL 002 - American Sign Language II
  • CSC 007 - Cyber Security for Everyone
  • ENGL 101 - History of the English Language
  • ENGL 102 - Grammar for Writers
  • ENGL 103 - Structure of English
  • PHI 165 - Philosophy of Language
  • PSC 128 - The Constitution: Political Freedom and Civil Liberties
  • PSY 164 - Cognition
  • RHET  004 - Interpersonal Communication
  • RHET 007 - (CP) Public Speaking
  • RHET 033 - Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction
  • RHET  053 - History and Theories of Gender and Intercultural Communication
  • RHET 055 - Intercultural Communication
  • RHET 057 - Gender and Communication
  • RHET  078 - Persuasion
  • RHET  139 - Political Communication
  • SOC 156 - (BH) Sociology of Communication
  • SOC 180 - Statistics in Sociology
  • SPAN 141 - Varieties of the Spanish Language
  • SPAN 142 - The Spanish Language in History
  • SPAN 143 - (CC) Spanish in Contact with other Languages
  • SPAN 144 - Spanish Language in the United States
  • SPCH 005A - Phonetics
  • SPCH 010 - (BH, CC) Multicultural Aspects of Communication and Communication Disorders
  • SPCH 101A - Experimental Psycholinguistics
  • SPCH 102A - Normal Language Development
  • SPCH 103 - Introduction to Speech Science

 

  • Other appropriate LING and/or language-related courses specifically approved by a linguistics adviser.

Graduate Program Requirements – Total Semester Hours: 36


The MA portion of the dual-degree program requires 36 s.h. of graduate-level courses. The program is composed of three components: core curriculum; electives; and capstone requirements.

Core Curriculum Courses - Semester Hours: 24


Elective Courses - Semester Hours: 6


One course from the following in linguistics or, with the adviser’s permission, one course in another relevant discipline:

Capstone Requirements - Semester Hours: 6


LING 290 Internship and LING 303 Capstone or LING 290 Internship and LING 301 Master’s Essay. (Students may be permitted to enroll in LING 301 thesis with the approval of a linguistics advisor.

  • Semester Hours: 1-3
  • (LING 290 may be repeated once for elective credit for a total of 6 semester hours toward the degree.)

  • and one of the following:

  •  

  • Semester Hours: 1-3
  • (Students who do not complete the LING 303 Capstone Project within the semester they first register for it must re-register for one credit of LING 303 each subsequent semester until they complete their capstone. The additional semester hours do not count toward any degree requirements.)

     

  • or

  • Semester Hours: 1-3
  • (Students who do not complete the LING 301 Master’s Essay within the semester they first register for it must re-register for one credit of LING 301 each subsequent semester until they complete their thesis. The additional semester hours do not count toward any degree requirements.)

Graduate-Level Good Standing Requirements


Students must maintain a B average with no more than one C per semester. No more than two Cs will be counted toward the MA. Students who do not maintain a B average, or who receive a D grade or an F in any course, will be dismissed from the program.

Suggested Five-Year Sequence (148 s.h.)


First Year


FALL
Course Semester Hours
LING 101 3
WSC 001 3
Foreign Language 1 3
Humanities Distribution (AA) 3
LING 151 or SPCH 005A 3
TOTAL 15

 

  SPRING
 Course  Semester Hours
 LING 171 or 172  3
 WSC 002  3
 Foreign Language 2  3
 Natural Sciences (NS) or Mathematics (MA) distribution  4
 Liberal Arts Elective  3
 TOTAL  16

 

Second Year


FALL
Course Semester Hours
LING Elective 3
Foreign Language 3 3
Humanities Distribution (CP) 3
Social Science Distribution (HP) 3
Natural Sciences (NS) or Mathematics (MA) Distribution 4
TOTAL 16

 

SPRING
Course Semester Hours
LING 152 3
Social Science Distribution (BH) 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Foreign Language 4 3
Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) Distribution 3
TOTAL 15

 

Third Year


FALL
Course Semester Hours
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Natural Sciences (NS) or Mathematics (MA) Distribution 4
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Cross-Cultural (CC) Distribution 3
TOTAL 16
SPRING
Course Semester Hours
LING Elective 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Social Science (BH) Distribution 3
Humanities (LT) Distribution 3
TOTAL 15

 

Fourth Year


FALL
Course Semester Hours
LING 202   3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
LING 206   3
Physical Education Elective 1
Liberal Arts Elective 3
TOTAL 16
  
SPRING
 Course  Semester Hours
 Liberal Arts Elective  3
 Liberal Arts Elective  3
 Liberal Arts Elective  3
 LING 221    3
 LING 205    3
 TOTAL  15

 Awarding of BA Degree: 124 s.h.

Summer Between Fourth and Fifth Years


Course Semester Hours
LING 290   3
LING 207   3
TOTAL 6

Fifth Year


FALL
Course Semester Hours
LING 203   3
LING 231   3
LING 239  3
TOTAL 9

 

 

SPRING
Course Semester Hours
LING 301  or LING 303   3
LING 220   3
LING 250   3
TOTAL 9

 

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