Course Requirements: 32 points of approved courses (at least 24 in residence at New York University) are required, including four basic courses required of all students: Phonology I, LING-GA 1210, Syntax I, LING-GA 1310, Semantics I, LING-GA 1340, Sociolinguistics, LING-GA 1510, and two of the following five courses: Phonology II, LING-GA 1220, Historical Linguistics, LING-GA 1410, Syntax II, LING-GA 2310, Semantics II, LING-GA 2370, Sociolinguistic Field Methods, LING-GA 2540.
Language Proficiency: The student must demonstrate reasonable proficiency in one language other than English that is of clear relevance to the student’s research, subject to approval by the director of graduate studies. Proficiency can generally be demonstrated in two ways: First, by earning a grade of B or better in at least the fourth term of a college foreign language course completed not more than two years before the student’s admission to the Graduate School of Arts and Science. Second, by passing the appropriate Graduate School of Arts and Science foreign language proficiency examination. When proficiency is demonstrated in some other way (e.g., when a student presents an undergraduate degree from a foreign university where the language in question is the medium of instruction for the student’s course of study), the director of graduate studies may grant a waiver of the foreign language examination.
Qualifying Paper: An article-quality paper in which the student demonstrates the ability to carry out original research. It contains original thought, a command of the literature, sound linguistic analysis and argumentation, and clear presentation. Each paper must be no more than 50 double-spaced pages in length (tables, charts, spectrograms, footnotes, and bibliography included).