The department offers both the master's (MA) degree and the doctorate (PhD) degree. In addition, the department offers a master's degree in linguistics for TESOL professionals. The department has graduated approximately 30 doctoral students in the last 10 years; of these, 80 percent hold academic or industry positions related to their doctoral training.
Graduate students in the department may choose to specialize in any of the following areas: discoursefunctional syntax, corpus syntax, computational linguistics, sociolinguistics, conversation analysis, Native American linguistics, language documentation and revitalization, African linguistics, phonetics and phonology, laboratory phonetics, pscyholinguistics, language development, cognitive linguistics, historical linguistics and typology.
The department’s research facilities include a speech and computational linguistics computer lab that includes computers and software for speech analysis as well as computerized collections of texts in many languages.
Both PhD and MA students with research interests in sociocultural linguistics have the opportunity to earn the Culture, Language and Social Practice graduate certificate. Students working toward the MA degree have the opportunity to earn the Human Language Technology (HLT) certificate. MA students can also earn the Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science.