The linguistics certificate provides students with critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills as well as an in-depth understanding of the complexities of human communication in various social contexts. This certificate will help students enhance their understanding of their chosen field and advance in their careers.
The field of linguistics has grown rapidly since the 1960s. with an expanding interest in the analysis of language and the application of this knowledge to the solution of real problems such as language teaching, translation and artificial intelligence.
The Linguistics Society of America  provides information on job opportunities for linguists in the private sector (academic and industry jobs).
This interdisciplinary graduate certificate in linguistics offers students in several fields the opportunity to gain an understanding of the way in which languages are structured, how they are acquired and how they vary over time, space, social distance and situational contexts.
The type of skills acquired through the completion of the core courses for this certificate include analytical abilities, critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. In addition, the kind of knowledge acquired in the areas of discourse analysis and pragmatics make students aware of the necessity to use appropriate registers and styles when creating written documents or oral presentations to different audiences.
Faculty from several different disciplines participate in the program. Currently, linguistics courses are offered in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Engineering and eight departments at ASU.
The 18-credit linguistics certificate can be completed easily within a two-year period as a complement to another degree or as a stand-alone certificate obtained by working professionals. It is appropriate for ASU students, many of whom will be entering the technology and educational workforce after obtaining their degree. It also provides opportunities for people in the workforce to enhance their skills and broaden their knowledge of linguistic issues.
Upon completion of the certificate program, students should be able to analyze linguistic data and understand how language use varies according to time, space, social context and characteristics of individual speakers (e.g., age, sex, social class, ethnicity).
Prerequisite Course Work
The prerequisite for the program is an introductory course in linguistics taken at the upper-division or graduate level. Introductory course in linguistics (taken at the upper-division or graduate level, e.g., FLA 400/598, LIN 510, ASB 480/598 or equivalent).
Required Course Work
The certificate requires 18 credit hours—nine hours of core course work and nine hours of electives—to be determined by the student in consultation with a program faculty advisor. Students may transfer three credit hours of graduate level linguistics courses from another institution to this certificate. Students must submit the syllabus, reading list, exams, papers and a copy of official transcripts of any courses taken elsewhere to the certificate faculty advisor so that an evaluation may be done of their suitability for transfer. In addition, official transcripts attesting to the completion of these courses must be sent to the Graduate Admissions office of the Graduate Education at ASU, Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 871003, Tempe, AZ 85287-1003.
The required nine-hour core of the certificate consists of courses in phonology, syntax and discourse analysis/pragmatics. The other three courses (nine hours) may be chosen from fields such as second language acquisition, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, computer science, education or language and culture.
All certificate course work must be completed with an average grade of "B" (3.00) or better.
LIN 511 Phonology (3)
LIN 514 Syntax (3)
LIN 516 Discourse/Pragmatic Analysis (3)
Students must complete one three-credit course in each category:
The remaining nine hours (three courses) should be chosen in consultation with the student's faculty advisor within one of four emphases to complement the professional needs of the student completing the certificate. The following courses are sample electives:
Natural language processing
CSE 457/598 Theory of Formal Languages
CSE 476/598 Introduction to Natural Language Processing
CSE 576 Topics in Natural Language Processing
Second language acquisition/applied linguistics
One course in second language acquisition theory chosen from the grid of ASU linguistics courses (e.g., FLA 515 Second Language Acquisition, LIN 572 Theories of Acquisition of ESL)
One course on the social aspects of language chosen from the grid of ASU linguistics courses
One course in applied linguistics or pedagogy (e.g., LIN 574 Methods of Teaching ESL, SPA 420/598 Spanish Applied Linguistics, FRE 422/598 Applied French Linguistics, FLA 525 Trends and Issues in Teaching Foreign Languages; BLE 520 ESL for Children; FLA 598 Technology in the Foreign Language Classroom; SPF 691 Educational Language Policies; SPF 691 Literary Theory and Social Policy; LIN 591 Language Assessment and Testing)
One course on regional language variation and change chosen from the ASU grid of linguistics courses
One course on the social aspects of language chosen from the ASU grid of linguistics courses
BLE 791 Educational Linguistics
BLE 541 Nature of Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition
SPF 691 Literacy Theory and Policies OR SPF 691 Educational Language Policies
For instance, students and working professionals in computer science can concentrate on courses in natural language processing, while prospective teachers, or those in the field, can focus on second language acquisition, sociolinguistics/language variation and change and educational linguistics/policy issues. Ph.D.s in literature can take courses in second language acquisition to aid in language/composition supervisory positions and sociolinguistics for a better understanding of the language used in literary texts.
Note to current students: According to Graduate Education policy, "No more than 40% of coursework towards the requirements of a graduate certificate can be completed prior to admission to the certificate program." This means that a student who is in a master's program cannot get towards the end of their program and request to use their credits earned to get a certificate too. However, if a student starts a certificate and a degree at the same time, they could finish both in 30 hours.
The graduate certificate in linguistics is available to all ASU graduate students irrespective of their major and to nondegree graduate students and working professionals provided they meet eligibility criteria. Students are advised that only nine hours may be taken in nondegree/certificate status and applied to a graduate degree/certificate program.
Eligibility requirements for obtaining the graduate certificate include having:
Applications are accepted year-round.
Questions about the application process and other logistical matters concerning the certificate should be directed to Sheila Luna at 480-965-3194, email@example.com .
The student will file a plan of study  for the certificate program and apply for graduation. The student will be awarded a certificate when they fulfill the requirements.
Note to current students: According to Graduate Education policy, "No more than 40% of coursework towards the requirements of a graduate certificate can be completed prior to admission to the certificate program" This means that a student who is in a master's program cannot get towards the end of their program and request to use their credits earned to get a certificate too. However, if a student starts a certificate and a degree at the same time, they could finish both in 30 hours.
For further information contact Sheila Luna at 480-965-3194 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Important Notice to Current International Students: In order for international students to maintain good standing for their VISAs, they must take a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester (i.e., 3 classes), 6 of which should be face-to-face classes.