Linguistics at UTEP
UTEP has offered courses in Linguistics since 1964 and degrees in Linguistics since 1969. The program in Linguistics provides broad training in both theoretical and applied linguistics, preparing students for Ph.D. studies in Linguistics, as well as for careers in TESOL and language teaching. The program is distinctive in that classes are generally small and the atmosphere supportive. At the same time, the Linguistics faculty are internationally recognized for their research achievements, which often involve active student collaborations. The multilingual character of El Paso, TX and its location on the U.S.-Mexico border make for a fascinating environment for anyone interested in language, language learning, and bilingualism. Most El Paso residents are bilingual in English and Spanish.
What is Linguistics and Why Study Linguistics?
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If your primary interest is in linguistics and human language, you can study a wide variety of subjects, including the basic systems of language, first and second language acquisition, sociolinguistics (language variation), English linguistics, Spanish linguistics, historical linguistics (language evolution), and language teaching. On the faculty are a number of well-known researchers who offer the courses and who will guide your study of the field.
If your primary interest is in a field such as psychology, anthropology, education, computer science, speech pathology, English, Spanish, or a foreign language, the study of linguistics provides an important grounding for the language-related aspects of these fields. It adds a significant professional credential to your list of qualifications and background. Even if your major is not directly related to linguistics, you may want to study it to broaden your knowledge of language.
Linguistics Fast Track M.A.
The Linguistics Fast-Track M.A. is a program that allows undergraduate students to utilize 15 hours of selected M.A. courses toward both the undergraduate Linguistics major and the Linguistics M.A. A list of courses that have been approved for use at the graduate level is found here. For current advising materials, visit the Linguistics Advising page.
The study of Linguistics often begins at the graduate level. The research strengths of the department include the areas of phonology, syntax, lexicography, historical linguistics, first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, Spanish linguistics, English linguistics, and TESOL. Graduate students in these areas have the opportunity to work with members of the linguistics faculty in producing original work contributing to the body of linguistic knowledge.
TESOL Graduate Certificate
Linguistics also offers a graduate certificate in TESOL, a valuable credential to be able to teach English to speakers of other languages. Information about the course requirements and degree plan for the TESOL certificate can be found in the UTEP Academic Catalog. For current advising materials, visit the Linguistics Advising page.
Ph.D. in Psychology with a Concentration in Bilingualism, Language, and Cognition
Combined faculty of the Department of Psychology and the Department of Languages and Linguistics offer a PhD in Psychology with a concentration in Bilingualism, Language, and Cognition. This degree focuses on new research that examines the questions of how first and second languages are learned and how the languages of bilingual speakers interact with each other. A limited amount of financial support is available to graduate students on a competitive basis.
Information about the course requirements and degree plan for the Ph.D. in Psychology with Concentration in Bilingualism, Language, and Cognition can be found in the UTEP Academic Catalog.