Concentration in Linguistics

Advisor: Erik Thomas

The linguistics program is one of the concentrations of the MA in English offered through the NC State English Department.

The MA concentration in linguistics at NC State 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 MA-level program in the list, which includes well-established, longstanding PhD programs in sociolinguistics such as the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University.

The graduate MA 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 MA Capstone Projects

Further Requirements

  • Presentation of capstone project

Must have:

  • At least 33 credit hours in total
  • Permission of Concentration Director

MA Requirement Planning

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