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M.A. in East Asian Languages and Linguistics

M.A. program in East Asian Languages and Linguistics combines training in the most relevant courses in Linguistics and language acquisition/pedagogy in Chinese, Japanese or Korean to train students for the teaching of one of these languages at college-level. East Asian cultures play an increasingly significant role in the cultural life of North America. East Asian economies have worldwide presence, and political issues in that part of the world affect us profoundly at home. Domestically also, as the multi-ethnic population continues to grow faster in America than monolingual English-speaking whites (U.S. Census Bureau, 2002), the Asian presence is more visible than ever. Following this trend, the demand for instructors of these languages at colleges and universities is continually increasing. This program combines coursework in linguistics with coursework and training relevant to language pedagogy particularly targeted for these East Asian languages and aims for balanced expertise of theory and practice.

Career options
The primary career target for this program will be college-level instructors in one of these East Asian languages. There are dozens of full-time instructor positions regularly available at universities and colleges in the U.S. for these East Asian languages. Also, the Defense Language Institute is keen on training military personnel in the East Asian languages and is looking out to hire qualified instructors. With this M.A., students may also find professional careers in government, business, NGO, and translation services in all fields, such as legal/social/ immigration services, academic and research, art, culture, technology and entertainment.

Length of the program and total credit hours
3 semesters (12 credit hours per semester), 30 credit hours

Language Requirement for Admission
Students who are not native speakers of the specialization language are required to complete or test out of Fourth Year-Second Semester course in the language. A study abroad experience for the language is strongly encouraged.

Required Core Courses (12 credits)

  • CHI521/JPN521/KOR521 (Chinese/Japanese/Korean Language and Culture)
  • CHI510/JPN511/KOR511 (Introduction to Chinese/Japanese/Korean Linguistics)
  • LIN550 (Teaching Chinese/Japanese/Korean as a Foreign Language)
  • LAI582 (Principles of Language Acquisition and Teaching)

Core Electives (15 credits)

  • Two core linguistics courses: (6 credits)
    • LIN531 (Phonetics) or LIN532 (Phonology)
    • LIN515 (Syntax I) or LIN538 (Semantics I)
  • Two 500/600-level courses in linguistics (6 credits)
    These courses may include one or two core linguistics courses above (Note: taking all four core linguistics courses satisfies “Core Electives I and II).
  • One course from the following in Learning & Instruction: (3 credits)
    • LAI581 (Linguistics for L2 Education)
    • LAI590 (Technologies in L2 classroom)
    • LAI681 (Understanding L2 language and culture)
    • LAI682 (Assessing second language proficiency)

Teaching practicum (2 credits)

  • LIN599 (Supervised Teaching), including teaching of a course for at least one semester

Portfolio Guidance (1 credit)

  • LIN600 (Masters Project/Thesis Guidance)