Ph.D. - Linguistics, M.A. - Linguistics
Our graduate program is comprised of five tracks of study: Second
Language Acquisition, Language Theory, Historical Linguistics, Language
Variation and Sociolinguistics, and (at the M.A. level only) Humanities
The Second Language Acquisition track is particularly directed at
training for college-level language teaching and treats the theoretical
bases for SLA. Students may follow established course sequences for
French, Spanish, or German, or a self-assembled array of courses
concentrating on another language. UGA offers M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees
in TESOL and Foreign Language Education through the Department of
Language and Literacy Education in the College of Education.
The Language Theory track involves the study of language structure and
meaning as well as the study of theoretical models showing how humans
acquire or produce language.
The Historical Linguistics track addresses the methodology for
comparison and reconstruction of historical languages as well as
intense, hermeneutic approaches to the study of individual ancient
languages. Students may pursue in depth the sounds, grammar, and
vocabulary of languages including ancient Greek, Sanskrit, Latin, Old
Church Slavic, Classical Armenian, Gothic, Old English, Old and Middle
High German, and many others.
The Language Variation and Sociolinguistics track emphasizes empirical
linguistics, including the research methods commonly used in the study
of language as people speak it. Course-topics include "American
English," "Language Use in the African-American Community," "Discourse
Analysis," and "Language, Gender, and Culture" among others.