M.A. Concentration in Linguistics

Advisor: Erik Thomas

The graduate concentration in linguistics has gained a national and international reputation as one of the outstanding sociolinguistic programs in the nation. Within four years of its inception, the program was cited in The Real Guide to Graduate School (Lingua Franca, 1997) as one of the top five sociolinguistic programs in North America. NC State is the only master’s level program in the list, which includes well-established, longstanding doctoral programs in sociolinguistics such as the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University.

The graduate M.A. program requires 15 semester hours in linguistics out of a 33 semester-hour requirement for a Master of Arts in English and a capstone research project.


Distribution Requirements (6 credits)

  • Any 2 literature courses

Concentration Requirements (24 credits)

  • 5 courses in linguistics
  • 3 electives

Research (3 credits)

  • ENG 676: Master's Project in English (3 credits)
  • Students will want to review the guidelines for M.A. Capstone Projects​​​​​​​

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