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Graduate Handbook


RELATED FIELD COURSES

Within the 30-31 credits required for the MA in English, graduate students must complete at least 6 credits in one or more related fields outside the major. In consultation with a faculty adviser, graduate students should choose related field courses that complement, in a coherent and reasoned way, the individual student's overall program of study. Since part of the comprehensive examination will test students on the related field, the adviser and student should discuss the student's desire and ability to develop competence in the chosen field. Related field courses may be at the 4000-, 5000-, or 8000-level and must be offered for graduate credit.

Linguistics as an Internal Related Field or Designated Minor
While a related field is often outside of the English major (course prefixes other than Engl and Comp), Linguistics can be taken as an internal related field or as a designated minor.
A student may choose to do the minor in Linguistics in lieu of the related field requirement. A minor is recorded on the student's official transcript (the related field is not).

Credit Requirements: Candidates for the MA in English can fulfill the related field requirement -- or complete a minor -- by taking 6 or more credits selected from the Linguistics courses listed below. Courses taken to fulfill the related field or minor requirement must in be addition to Linguistics courses taken as part of the major in English. 

Planning the Program: Graduate students in English planning to offer Linguistics as an internal related field or minor are advised to take Linguistics courses from different faculty members and from different disciplines whenever feasible. Students should be guided by their advisers in selecting appropriate courses.

List of Courses: For an internal related field or a minor in Linguistics, students must choose 6 or more credits from the following list:
 
Anth 4628:
Engl 5811:
Engl 5821:
Ling 5195:
Ling 5802:
Ling 5852:
Ling 8500:
Ling 8591:
Language and Culture.........................................
Introduction of Modern English.............................
History of the English Language...........................
Special Topics....................................................
Applied Linguistics..............................................
Practicum in Teaching Linguistics........................
Graduate Seminar..............................................
Independent Study in Linguistics.......................... 
(3 cr)
(4 cr)
(4 cr)
(3 cr)
(4 cr)
(3 cr)
(3 cr)
(1-3)

Examining Committees: The examining committees for graduate students in English will consist of three faculty representing the major and one faculty representing the internal related field or designated minor. The internal related field or minor examiner may not serve as Chair or committee member for the major. 

The following instructors are members of the graduate faculty in Linguistics and may serve as the related field representative on examining committees:

Professor Jonathan Conant, Foreign Languages and Literatures Department (German)
Professor Milan Kovacovic, Foreign Languages and Literatures Department (French)
Professor Michael D. Linn, Composition Department
Dr. Chongwon Park, Composition Department
Professor Kathryn Riley, Composition Department 

Equipment and Resources: The UMD Linguistics program is supported by equipment and resources in the Library and Learning Resources Center on the UMD Campus. Equipment available to students includes camcorders, a production room, video playback units, cassette and reel-to-reel tape recorders, and a variety of projection equipment. Campus computer systems have SAS, SPSS, BMDP, and S Programs. UMD holdings in the LLRC include approximately 100 audio-visual titles on Language, Linguistics, History of the Language, Dialects, and Orthography. There is also a copy of the field records of the Dialect Atlas of the Upper Midwest along with copies of most of the tape recordings related to this. The Library on the Duluth campus subscribes to approximately 30 journals specializing in the study of Language, Linguistics, and Philology.

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