The Certificate in Linguistics provides graduate students with a basic
foundation in linguistic analysis as well as in practical methods for understanding
and learning a new language and culture. Those who satisfactorily complete
the program should be able to function in a variety of cross-linguistic
The Certificate in Linguistics requires 18 semester units beyond the foundational
units. Students with acceptable prior coursework may transfer up to six
units for credit. No final project or comprehensive examination is required.
Applicants must meet the qualifications specified in the Admission
to the School of Intercultural Studies section. In addition to
these, foreign applicants who are non-native English speakers must
demonstrate both spoken and written proficiency in English through
an oral interview and by submitting their TOEFL (Test of English as a
Foreign Language) results. The TOEFL must have been taken within
the past five years. A score of 600 paper / 250 computer with a TWE
score of 5 is normally required for admission to the graduate programs
in the department. Non-native speakers are also expected to
demonstrate oral English proficiency by means of an interview with
a faculty member.
Because teachers and applied linguists are expected to have a high
degree of competence in written English, all new graduate students,
both native and non-native English speakers, are required to take
the department’s Writing Proficiency Exam. If the results of the exam
indicate that additional work in written grammar and composition is
needed to enable a student to perform at the level expected for this
field, he or she will be expected to do independent supplementary
work on writing or to take and pass one or more writing courses
available on campus, including special studies courses, SS 500 or SS
501, described below.
All graduate programs in the department require as a prerequisite
a minimum of three semester units of acceptable Bible or theology
coursework at the upper division or graduate level in addition to the
specified foundational units.
Foundational units may be taken concurrently with regular program
courses but should normally be completed by the end of the first
Students normally begin their program in the fall.
All students must successfully complete all required coursework with
a minimum grade point average of 3.0 to qualify for graduation. No
TAL course with a grade less than a B (3.0) will be counted for the
Certificate or M.A.
The Certificate in TESOL and the Certificate in Linguistics are usually
completed within one year by full-time students, but part-time
students may have up to four years to complete it.
(May be taken concurrently with program courses.)
||Bible / Theology
||Introduction to Linguistics
||General Articulatory Phonetics
||Introduction to Phonology
||Introduction to Syntax
||Field Methods in Second Language & Culture Learning
|OR ISAL 654
||Field Methods in Linguistics
* Presumes foundational courses have not been fulfilled; otherwise, up to 24-units will be will be required to complete the program.