Ph.D. in Linguistics
Ph.D. Linguistics Program Objectives
The Ph.D. degree provides training in the primary areas of the field in sound, syntax, meaning; advanced training in field linguistics and documentary linguistics, experimental linguistics, corpus linguistics, and in second language acquisition; as well as experience in presenting original research in professional venues. Students will pursue and develop in-depth expertise in at least one area of specialization.
Ph.D. Linguistics Degree Plan Overview
The doctorate in linguistics consists of 57 hours of graduate-level coursework:
Students requiring leveling courses (see further below) must add 9 hours, for a total of 66 hours. Students entering with an M.A. in linguistics may be able to waive up to 15 hours, at the discretion of the department, for equivalent graduate courses completed at a B or higher in their master's program.
Theoretical Core Courses: All students must complete two courses from each of the following three areas (18 credits):
Students who have completed any of the Theoretical Core Courses listed above as part of their previous training (e.g., by having earned an M.A. in linguistics at UT Arlington or elsewhere) must substitute an advanced course in the same core area. (See "Area of Specialization" below for advanced courses in each of the three areas.) Under no circumstances may the requirement for 18 credits of Theoretical Core Courses be waived.
Methods Courses: All students must complete three of the following four courses (9 credits).
Students who have completed any of the Methods Courses listed above as part of their previous training (e.g., by having earned an M.A. in linguistics at UT Arlington or elsewhere) must substitute another graduate-level course consistent with their overall plan of study and research. The substitution must be approved by the PhD advisor.
Professional Development Course: All students must complete the following course (3 credits):
Students who have completed the Professional Development Course listed above as part of their previous training (e.g., by having earned an M.A. in linguistics at UT Arlington or elsewhere) must substitute another graduate-level course consistent with their overall plan of study and research. The substitution must be approved by the PhD advisor. Under no circumstances may the requirement for 3 credits of Professional Development be waived.
Area of Specialization: Students must establish an area of specialization and within that area complete two additional courses (6 credits), plus at least one seminar in that specialization. The areas (and the approved courses) are:
Seminar Courses: All students must take 6 hours in seminars. Students should consult with their advisor in planning choices; at least one seminar must be in the student's area of specialization.
Elective Course: All students must take 3 hours in a linguistics-related elective. Students should consult with their advisor in planning this choice.
Dissertation Research (12 credits)
Comprehensive Examination: In the Linguistics Doctoral Program, the "Dissertation Proposal Defense" (see "Dissertation Research," above) functions as the Comprehensive Examination. Students intending to defend a dissertation or dissertation proposal must submit a complete draft – including all chapters plus references and supporting materials – to all members of their committee by the last day of August for a fall defense and by the last day of December for a spring defense. After the draft has been read by the committee, students will then be notified whether or not the committee will approve a request to defend the work in the upcoming semester. (Changes in the number of hours a student is registered for can by made up until census date of each semester).
Students who do not meet this deadline will not be eligible to defend the work that semester.
Students who have presented a Dissertation Proposal Defense must afterwards file a Comprehensive Exam Report (pdf) with the Graduate School.
Leveling Courses: Students with no prior study in linguistics (as indicated by an official transcript) must complete the following three leveling courses:
Students required to take the leveling courses must earn a grade of 'A' or 'B' in each to be allowed continued enrollment in the program, regardless of their performance in any other linguistics courses.
Students who present documentation of comparable coursework (with grades no lower than 'B-' in each case) have the leveling course requirement waived from their program of study. The PhD advisor will be charged with evaluating previous coursework and making decisions about leveling course waivers.
If you are interested in enrolling in this program, consult the Prospective Students page.
Department of Linguistics & TESOL