MA with a Major in Applied Linguistics

Degree Details

The MA with a major in Applied Linguistics prepares students for linguistic research, cross-cultural service, or Bible translation – depending on each student’s chosen concentration.  Our courses expose students to hundreds of different languages as they learn to analyze and understand how languages work.  Our graduates have the tools to serve as specialist in their field, many working among minority language communities.

Students must complete the general core requirements (13 credit hours) and concentration specific requirements (24 credit hours) to complete this 37 credit graduate degree.  Concentrations include Bible Translation, Bible Translation & Arts, Bible Translation and Abrahamic Studies, and Descriptive Linguistics.  For sample plans of study and more information about this degree please see our current catalog.

Persons interested in this program should apply for Graduate Admission to Dallas International University.  If previously enrolled at DIU in anything other than “graduate admission status”, you will need to change your admission status. For more information, contact MA-AL-Coordinator@diu.edu.

Prerequisites

*Students may petition to waive these prerequisite requirements it they have taken equivalent courses elsewhere.  Courses are evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

General Core Requirements

Degree Concentrations

The following are the requirements for the Bible Translation Concentration with a thesis or non-thesis option.

Course Hours
AL5303 Foundations of Translation 3
AL5316 Theory and Practice of Translation 3
AL5321 Greek 1 OR
AL5326 Hebrew 1
3
AL5322 Greek 2 OR
AL5327 Hebrew 2
3
AL5324 Greek Textual Analysis OR
AL5325 Hebrew Textual Analysis
3
Thesis/Non-thesis options 9
Non-thesis option (comprehensive exam)
     3 Electives (9 hours)
Thesis option
     1 Elective (3 hours)
     Thesis (6 hours)
Total translation concentration hours 24
 

The following are the requirements for the Dual concentration in Bible Translation & Abrahamic Studies.

Course Hours  
AL5303 Foundations of Translation 3  
AL5316 Theory and Practice of Translation 3  
AL5321 Greek 1 OR
AL5326 Hebrew 1
3  
AL5322 Greek 2 OR
AL5327 Hebrew 2
3  
AL5324 Greek Textual Analysis OR
AL5325 Hebrew Textual Analysis
3  
Four Abraham Center courses approved by advisor in consultation with the Abraham Center 12  
Total Bible Translation & Abrahamic Studies concentration hours 27  
 
Students in dual concentrations can substitute a thesis for one or both comprehensive exams. If the thesis only covers one concentration, as determined by the student’s thesis committee, the student must take the comprehensive exam in the other.
 
Students in dual concentrations can substitute a thesis for one or both comprehensive exams. If the thesis only covers one concentration, as determined by the student’s thesis committee, the student must take the comprehensive exam in the other.

The following are the requirements for the Bible Translation & Descriptive Linguistics Dual Concentration with a thesis or non-thesis option.

Course Hours
AL5303 Foundations of Translation 3
AL5316 Theory and Practice of Translation 3
AL5321 Greek 1 OR
AL5326 Hebrew 1
3
AL5322 Greek 2 OR
AL5327 Hebrew 2
3
AL5324 Greek Textual Analysis OR
AL5325 Hebrew Textual Analysis
3
AL5304 Advanced Phonological Analysis 3
AL5313 Advanced Grammatical Analysis 3
AL5395 Current Issues in Descriptive Linguistics 3
Two other advanced linguistics courses from the list below: 6
AL5311 Relevance Theory
AL5317 Language Documentation
AL5323 Greek Discourse Features
AL5328 Hebrew Discourse Features
AL5333 Tone Analysis
AL5394 Readings in Applied Linguistics**
AL5395 Current Issues in Descriptive Linguistics (if taken two terms)
AL5396 Conference Course in Applied Linguistics**
AL5398 Seminar in Applied Linguistics**
Total dual concentration hours, non-thesis option (comprehensive exam): 30
Total dual concentration hours, thesis option: 36
30
 
**These courses may be taken for the advanced linguistics course requirement if they are a linguistics topic.

The following are the requirements for the Descriptive Linguistics Concentration with a thesis or non-thesis option.

Course Hours
AL5304 Advanced Phonological Analysis 3
AL5313 Advanced Grammatical Analysis 3
AL5395 Current Issues in Descriptive Linguistics 3
Two other advanced linguistics courses from the list below: 6
AL5311 Relevance Theory
AL5317 Language Documentation
AL5323 Greek Discourse Features
AL5328 Hebrew Discourse Features
AL5333 Tone Analysis
AL5394 Readings in Applied Linguistics**
AL5395 Current Issues in Descriptive Linguistics (if taken two terms)
AL5396 Conference Course in Applied Linguistics**
AL5398 Seminar in Applied Linguistics**
Thesis/Non-thesis options 9
Non-thesis option (comprehensive exam)
     3 Electives (9 hours)
Thesis option
     1 Elective (3 hours)
     Thesis (6 hours)
Total Descriptive Linguistics concentration hours 24
 
**These courses may be taken for the advanced linguistics course requirement if they are a linguistics topic.