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Master of Arts in Language and Culture Studies
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The Master of Arts degree with major in Language and Culture Studies is designed to produce graduates qualified to serve in specialist cross-cultural roles in Literacy, Sociolinguistics, Language Survey, or Scripture Engagement.  Organizations, such as SIL, PBT, LBT, and others recognize graduates of this program as having completed the minimum academic training requirements to serve in these disciplines. (Please note that employers may require field experience or impose other requirements in addition to what is required for this degree.)

Prerequisites
Admission to the MA program in Language and Culture Studies requires that students have completed—at GIAL or elsewhere*—preparatory studies in Linguistics and related fields.

For concentrations in Literacy, Socio-linguistics, and Language Survey the following courses, or their equivalent, are required.For the Scripture Engagement program, the following courses, or their equivalent, are required.
AL4302 Principles of Phonetics
AL4303 Principles of Phonological Analysis
AL4410 Principles of Grammatical Analysis
AA4350 Language and Society
AA4370 Cultural Anthropology
AA4505 Second Language and Culture Acquisition
AL4304 Introduction to Language Structures
AA4350 Language and Society
AA4370 Cultural Anthropology
AA4505 Second Language and Culture Acquisition

* Undergraduate courses taken at other universities are not transferred into GIAL but students may petition, on a course-by-course basis with proper documentation, to waive prerequisite(s) based on equivalent course(s) taken elsewhere.

Curriculum
The Master of Arts degree with major in Language and Culture Studies requires a minimum of 36 semester hours. Of those hours, 18 are general core requirements expected of all students earning this degree, and 18 are concentration-specific courses and electives. 

Degree Requirements
To complete a Master of Arts degree with major in Language and Culture Studies (AA), every student is expected to complete (1) the general core requirements and (2) the requirements specific to his or her chosen concentration.   Each concentration has a set of “common courses,” specific to that concentration, that are expected of all students working on a degree in that concentration. In addition, all of the concentrations provide for students to select either a thesis track or a non-thesis track (comprehensive exam) for completing their degree.



DEGREE CORE COURSES
Four courses, at least one from each category (12 hours).
 
  1. Research
 
 AA5342  Statistical Methods 
 AA5340Ethnographic Research 
 AA5341Social Science Research Design and Methods 
  1. Training
 
 AA5387Training Across Cultures 
  1. Language and Culture as Dynamic Systems
 
 AA5353Language Development 
 AA5354Language Contact 
 AA5376Sustainable Development 
 AA5374Christianity Across Cultures 
 AA5375Culture Change & Minority Cultures 
  Total core hours               12


























Concentrations
The Master of Arts degree with a major in Language and Culture Studies has five concentrations: 

Approved electives for Language and Culture Studies major, all concentrations:
Any course offered by GIAL may be used to satisfy the elective requirements for any concentration in
Language and Culture Studies, provided the following conditions are all met:
  1. The course is included in a degree program of GIAL;
  2. The course has not already been specified as a core requirement for the Master of Arts degree with major in Language and Culture Studies; and
  3. The course has not already been specified as a concentration requirement.
The following details the concentration-specific requirements for each concentration.
ISLAMIC WORLDVIEWS CONCENTRATION COURSES
From the degree core courses (12 hours)
       A.      Research (choose one) 
 AA5340 Ethnographic Research 
 AA5341 Social Science Research Design and Methods 
 AA5342 Statistical Methods 
       B.      Training 
 AA5387 Training Across Cultures 
       C.      Language and Culture as Dynamic Systems (two of four) 
 AA5353 Language Development 
 AA5354 Language Contact 
 AA5374 Christianity Across Cultures (recommended) 
 AA5375 Culture Change & Minority Cultures 
Concentration core courses (15 hours)
 AA5310 Core Components of Islam 
 AA5312 Islam in the 21st Century 
 AA5314 Modern Islamic Religious and Political Movements 
 AA5316 Contextualization Issues Among Muslim Peoples 
 AA5318 Understanding the Qur’an 
Thesis/Non-thesis (9 hours)
Thesis option 
 Thesis (6 hours) 
 Elective (3 hours) 
Non-thesis (Comprehensive Exam) 
 Electives (9 hours) 
 Total Hours36
LITERACY CONCENTRATION COURSES
From the degree core courses (12 hours)
 
  1. Research
 
 AA5342Statistical Methods 
 AA5341Social Science Research Design and Methods 
  1. Training
 
 AA5387Training Across Cultures 
  1. Language and Culture as Dynamic Systems
 
 AA5354Language Contact 
Concentration core courses (18 hours) 
 AA5934Literacy Megacourse 
 AA5343Principles of Multilingual Education 
 AA5353Language Development 
 AA5375Culture Change & Minority Cultures 
Thesis/Non-thesis (6 hours)  
  1. Thesis option
 
  Thesis (6 hours) 
      B.   Non-thesis 
  Electives (6 hours) 
  Total hours         36
    
LANGUAGE SURVEY CONCENTRATION
From the degree core courses (12 hours)
  1. Research
 
 AA5342Statistical Methods 
 AA5341Social Science Research Methods 
  1. Training
 
 AA5387Training Across Cultures 
  1. Language and Culture as Dynamic Systems
 
 AA5354Language Contact 
Concentration Core Courses (15 hours) 
 AL5304Advanced Phonological Analysis 
 AA5321
or
AA5323
Multicultural Teamwork

Multicultural Leadership
 
 AA5352Language Program Design and Management 
 AA5361Principles of Language Survey 
 AA5362Language Survey Methods 
Thesis/Non-Thesis (9 hours) 
  1. Thesis option
 
  Electives (3 hours) 
  Thesis (6 hours) 
  1. Non-thesis option
 
 AA5353Language Development and Planning 
 AA5366Theory and Practice of Sociolinguistics 
  Electives (3 hours) 
  Total hours36
    
    
    
SOCIOLINGUISTICS CONCENTRATION
From the degree core courses (12 hours)
  1. Research
 
 AA5341Social Science Design and Research Methods 
  1. Training
 
 AA5387Training Across Cultures 
  1. Language and Culture as Dynamic Systems
 
 AA5353Language Development 
 AA5354Language Contact 
Concentration core courses (15 hours) 
 AA5321
or
AA5323
Multicultural Teamwork

Multicultural Leadership
 
 AA5352Language Program Design and Management 
 AA5366Theory and Practice of Sociolinguistics 
 AA5372Social and Political Organizations 
 AA5375Cultural Change 
Thesis/Non-Thesis (9 hours)  
  1. Thesis Option
 Electives (3 hours) 
 Thesis (6 hours) 
  1. Non-thesis option
AA5368Seminar in Sociolinguistics 
 Elective 1 (3 hours) (Recommend Area Studies if available) 
 Elective 2 (3 hours) 
  Total hours36
    
    
    
SCRIPTURE ENGAGEMENT CONCENTRATION
Degree core requirements (12 hours)
  1. Research Choose One
 
 AA5340Ethnographic Research 
 AA5341Social Science Research 
  1. Training
 
 AA5387Training Across Cultures 
  1. Language and Culture as Dynamic Systems
 
 AA5353Language Development 
 AA5374Christianity Across Cultures 
 
Scripture Engagement Concentration (15 hours)
 
 AA5355Scripture Engagement Strategy and Methods 
 AA5356Current Issues in Scripture Engagement 
 AA5375Culture Change and Minority Cultures 
Ideological cluster (choose one):  
 AA5373Religion and Worldview 
 AL5319Biblical Backgrounds 
Application cluster (choose one):  
 AA5333Principles of Literacy 
 AA5357Oral Tradition and Literature 
 AA5382Applied Arts 
 AA5364Theories and Practices in Community Development 
 AA5354Language Contact 
  OR an applied course approved by the student's academic advisor 
Thesis/Non-Thesis (9 hours) 
  1. Thesis Option
Electives (3 hours) + Thesis (6 hours) 
  1. Non-thesis option
Electives (9 hours)  
 Total hours36
























































































































































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