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2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
    
2016-2017 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.

Direct admission to the dual-degree program


Incoming first-year students entering Hofstra may apply for direct admission to this dual-degree program. For those who choose to submit a standardized test score, an 1170 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 directly 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, 152, 171 or 172, and SPCH 005A 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, 152, 171 or 172, and SPCH 005A 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 152 - 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

 

  • SPCH 005A - Phonetics 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 Semester Hours: 3
  • LING 012S - First-Year Seminar Semester Hours: 1-3
  • LING 014F - First-Year Seminar Semester Hours: 3-4
  • LING 014S - First-Year Seminar Semester Hours: 3-4
  • LING 103 - The Classical Roots of English Words Semester Hours: 3
  • LING 151 - Phonology Semester Hours: 3
  • LING 158 - (IS) Forensic Linguistics Semester Hours: 3
  • LING 161 - Historical Linguistics Semester Hours: 3
  • LING 162 - Applied Linguistics Semester Hours: 3
  • LING 171 - (IS) Sociolinguistics Semester Hours: 3
  • LING 172 - (CC) Language and Society in Africa, Asia and Latin America Semester Hours: 3
  • LING 181 - Special Studies in Linguistics Semester Hours: 1-3
  • LING 191 - Honors Essay Semester Hours: 3
  • LING 192 - Internship in Linguistics Semester Hours: 1-6
  • ASL 191 - American Sign Language I Semester Hours: 3
  • ASL 192 - American Sign Language II Semester Hours: 3
  • PHI 165 - Philosophy of Language Semester Hours: 3
  • SPCH 010 - (BH, CC) Multicultural Aspects of Communication and Communication Disorders Semester Hours: 3
  • SPCH 101A - Experimental Psycholinguistics Semester Hours: 3
  • SPCH 102A - Normal Language Development Semester Hours: 3
  • SPCH 103 - Introduction to Speech Science Semester Hours: 3
  • RHET 033 - Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction Semester Hours: 3
  • ANTH 004 - (BH, CC) Cultural Diversity Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 101 - History of the English Language Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 102 - Grammar for Writers Semester Hours: 3
  • ENGL 103 - Structure of English Semester Hours: 3
  • PSY 164 - Cognition Semester Hours: 3
  • 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 master’s thesis.

Core Curriculum Courses - Semester Hours: 21


Elective Courses - Semester Hours: 12


Four courses from the following in linguistics or, with the graduate program director’s permission, three from the following and one course in another relevant discipline:

Thesis - Semester Hours: 3


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
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   3
LING 220   3
LING 250   3
TOTAL 9

 

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