MA with Major in Language and Culture Studies


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The MA with a major in Language & Culture Studies prepares students to work as specialists in their field across language and culture boundaries.  The different concentrations allow students flexibility in choosing the program that best fits their interests and service opportunities.  Our graduates serve as literacy specialists, language surveyors, Scripture engagement consultants, researchers, and a variety of other cross-cultural roles.

Students must complete the general core requirements (12 credit hours) and concentration specific requirements (24 credit hours) to complete this 36 credit graduate degree.  Concentrations include Islamic Worldviews, Literacy, Language Survey, Scripture Engagement, and Sociolinguistics.  For more information about this degree please see our current catalog.

Prerequisites


Prior to admission to the program, students must complete the following prerequisite requirements.

For concentration in Literacy, Sociolinguistics, and Language Survey, the following courses, or their equivalent, are required.

For the Scripture Engagement program, the following courses, or their equivalent, are required.

*Students may petition to waive these prerequisite requirements it they have taken equivalent courses elsewhere.  Courses are evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

General Core Requirements


Courses (Four required with at least one from each category) Hours
A. Research 3 or 6
AA5340 Ethnographic Research Methods
AA5341 Social Science Research Design and Methods
AA5342 Statistical Methods
B. Training 3
AA5387 Training Across Cultures
C. Language and Culture as Dynamic Systems   3 or 6
AA5353 Language Development and Planning
AA5354 Language Contact
AA5374 Christianity Across Cultures
AA5375 Culture Change & Minority Cultures
Total core hours 12

Degree Concentrations


The following are the requirements for the Islamic Worldviews Concentration with a thesis or non-thesis option.

From the General Core: Hours
A. Research (Choose one) 3
AA5340 Ethnographic Research Methods
AA5341 Social Science Research Design and Methods
AA5342 Statistical Methods
B. Training 3
AA5387 Training Across Cultures
C. Language and Culture as Dynamic Systems   (Choose 2) 6
AA5353 Language Development and Planning
AA5354 Language Contact
AA5374 Christianity Across Cultures
AA5375 Culture Change & Minority Cultures
Total core hours 12
Islamic Worldviews Concentration specific courses: Hours
AA5310 Core Components of Islam 3
AA5312 Islam in the 21st Century 3
AA5314 Modern Islamic Religious and Political Movements 3
AA5316 Contextualization Issues Among Muslim Peoples 3
AA5318 Understanding the Qur’an 3
Thesis/Non-thesis options 9
Non-thesis option (comprehensive exam)
     3 Electives (9 hours)
Thesis option
     One Elective (3 hours)
     Thesis (6 hours)
Total concentration hours 24

The following are the requirements for the Language Survey Concentration with a thesis or non-thesis option.

From the General Core: Hours
A. Research 6
AA5341 Social Science Research Design and Methods
AA5342 Statistical Methods
B. Training 3
AA5387 Training Across Cultures
C. Language and Culture as Dynamic Systems 3
AA5354 Language Contact
Total core hours 12
Language Survey Concentration specific courses: Hours
AA5321 Multicultural Teamwork OR
AA5323 Multicultural Leadership
3
AA5352 Language Program Design and Management 3
AA5361 Principles of Language Survey 3
AA5362 Language Survey Methods 3
AL5304 Advanced Phonological Analysis 3
Thesis/Non-thesis options 9
Non-thesis option (comprehensive exam)
AA5353 Language Development and Planning
AA5366 Theory and Practice of Sociolinguistics
One Elective (3 hours)
Thesis option
       One Elective (3 hours)
       Thesis (6 hours)
Total concentration hours 24

The following are the requirements for the Literacy Concentration with a thesis or non-thesis option.

From the General Core: Hours
A. Research 6
AA5341 Social Science Research Design and Methods
AA5342 Statistical Methods
B. Training 3
AA5387 Training Across Cultures
C. Language and Culture as Dynamic Systems   (Choose 2) 3
AA5354 Language Contact
Total core hours 12
Literacy Concentration specific courses: Hours
 AA5343 Principles of Multilingual Education 3
AA5353 Language Development and Planning 3
AA5375 Culture Change & Minority Cultures 3
AA5934 Literacy Megacourse 9
Thesis/Non-thesis options 6
Non-thesis option (comprehensive exam)
     2 Electives (6 hours)
Thesis option
     Thesis (6 hours)
Total concentration hours 24

The following are the requirements for the Scripture Engagement Concentration with a thesis or non-thesis option.

From the General Core: Hours
A. Research (Choose one) 3
AA5340 Ethnographic Research Methods
AA5341 Social Science Research Design and Methods
B. Training 3
AA5387 Training Across Cultures
C. Language and Culture as Dynamic Systems 6
AA5353 Language Development and Planning
AA5374 Christianity Across Cultures
Total core hours 12
Scripture Engagement Concentration specific courses: Hours
 AA5355 Scripture Engagement Strategy and Methods 3
AA5356 Current Issues in Scripture Engagement 3
AA5375 Culture Change and Minority Cultures 3
Ideological Cluster (Choose one) 3
AA5373 Religion and Worldview
AL5319 Biblical Backgrounds
Application Cluster (Choose one*) 3
AA5333 Principles of Literacy
AA5354 Language Contact
AA5357 Oral Tradition and Literature
AA5364 Theories and Practices in Community Development
AA5382 Applied Arts
Thesis/Non-thesis options 9
Non-thesis option (comprehensive exam)
     3 Electives (9 hours)
Thesis option
     One Elective (3 hours)
     Thesis (6 hours)
Total concentration hours 24
*Students may take an applied course approved by their academic advisor to fulfill the Application Cluster course requirement instead of one of the courses listed.

The following are the requirements for the Sociolinguistics Concentration with a thesis or non-thesis option.

From the General Core: Hours
A. Research (Choose one) 3
AA5341 Social Science Research Design and Methods
B. Training 3
AA5387 Training Across Cultures
C. Language and Culture as Dynamic Systems   (Choose 2) 6
AA5353 Language Development and Planning
AA5354 Language Contact
Total core hours 12
Sociolingistics Concentration specific courses: Hours
AA5321 Multicultural Teamwork OR
AA5323 Multicultural Leadership
3
AA5352 Language Program Design and Management 3
AA5366 Theory and Practice of Sociolinguistics 3
AA5372 Social and Political Organization 3
AA5375 Cultural Change and Minority Cultures 3
Thesis/Non-thesis options 9
Non-thesis option (comprehensive exam)
AA5368 Seminar in Sociolinguistics
Two Electives (Recommended: AA5377 Area Studies)
Thesis option
     One Elective (3 hours)
     Thesis (6 hours)
Total concentration hours 24