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The M.A. in Linguistics provides for the scientific study of human language. An important focus of linguistics is identifying properties common to languages through the study of linguistic structure (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics), and on understanding how languages change, how they are used by communities, and how they are acquired. As such, linguistics provides insight into both the structural and communicative properties of human language. In analyzing linguistic structure and identifying patterns of language use, students apply this knowledge in an effort to better understand language use and language learning. Throughout the M.A. program, you are exposed to linguistic structure and language use patterns of languages from around the world.

There are many opportunities to work with faculty with a wide range of linguistic specializations and on numerous languages. We encourage you to present at local and national conferences, apply for research grants and publish research in academic venues. Scholarships, grants and assistantships support many of our graduate students as they pursue their program.

Some research topics of the Linguistics faculty and students include pragmatics, discourse analysis, psycholinguistics, second language reading and vocabulary acquisition, TESOL pedagogy, syntax, lexical semantics, sociolinguistics, language documentation and description, typology, and historical linguistics. Faculty and student research has included work on the indigenous languages of the Americas, Hmong, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Arabic, Polish and Romance languages.

Megumi Hamada
Mai Kuha
Carolyn MacKay
Elizabeth Riddle
Mary Theresa Seig
Lynne Stallings
Mary Lou Vercellotti


Learn more about how to apply to the MA in Linguistics at Ball State.

The Program

MA in Linguistics, 36 credits

ENG 520

Introduction to Linguistics, or the equivalent will be required but will not count toward required credits in the degree
Major requirements:
ENG 621

Meaning and Structure in English


ENG 623

Phonetics and Phonology


ENG 625 



ENG 626

Morphology and Syntax


ENG 627



Directed electives—at least 12 credits from:
ENG 622
ENG 628
ENG 629
ENG 630
ENG 631
ENG 632
ENG 682
ENG 686
History of the English Language (3)
Language and Culture (3)
Topics in Applied Linguistics (3)
Contrastive Analysis (3)
Historical Linguistics (3)
Discourse Analysis (3)
Topics in English Linguistics (3)
Topics in Linguistics (3)






Electives: An additional course from the directed electives or any of the following:
ENG 624 Foundations of Second Language Acquisition (3) 3
ENG 684 Topics in Second Language Acquisition (3)
ENG 693 Writing in the Profession (3)
Research requirement:
ENG 601 Research in English Studies 3
RES 697 Research Paper (1-3 hrs)
CRPR 698 Creative Project (3 or 6 hrs) 3
Total Credits 36

Depending on the nature of the student's research, the student may also be advised to take one or more courses in experimental design and statistics in addition to other course work.

Recent MA Linguistics Capstone Projects



Mutib Algithami                 Saudi Arabic Codeswitching in Religious Discourse



Ziad Almalki                       The Effects of Gender on Requests in Saudi Arabic in WhatsApp



Hana Altalhi                        Speech Acts of Thanking and Thanking Responses by Hijazi Females


Yahya Mobarki                    Discourse Markers in Oral Personal Narratives of the Jizani Dialect of Arabic