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Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics

Please note:   In fall 2015, the PhD in Applied Linguistics was replaced by the PhD in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics.  Therefore, individuals interested in doing doctoral studies in applied linguistics at ASU should apply to the PhD in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics.

Karen Adams, Director

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Program Overview

Applied Linguistics combines research topics in the linguistics sciences and education to pursue principled approaches to language-related concerns. The Applied Linguistics PhD program at ASU is focused on simultaneous and developmental bilingualism in children and adolescents. Faculty participate in the program from within multiple curricular units across the institution’s four campuses. The program encourages interdisciplinary study, and its flexible requirements enable students to pursue those aspects of the disciplines that interest them the most. The program prepares students for entrance into the field as teachers, scholars and professionals.

Program Requirements
 
The program requires a total of 84 semester hours. There must be a minimum of 54 credit hours beyond the master’s level, including a minimum of 12 units of dissertation credit. All students in the program must satisfy 18 units of Foundations coursework. Because Applied Linguistics is interdisciplinary in nature, applicants may differ from one another with regard to their prior experience and preparation. For instance, while some applicants may have substantial prior training in core theoretical linguistics (Foundations), others may have considerable preparation in other areas. A student’s academic advisor, in consultation with the Program Director and Program Oversight Committee, may address potential redundancies in a student’s program requirements with prior academic preparation by (1) allocating a maximum of 30 credit hours from previously completed graduate work (a master’s program, for instance) toward Applied Linguistics program requirements and/or (2) permitting the student to take additional elective courses in lieu of introductory courses covered in an undergraduate program.
 
Required Coursework
 
 Foundation Coursework (18 credit hours):
1. Overview of the field: A three-unit course providing a survey of the field of Applied Linguistics:
 
APL 601 Intro to Applied Linguistics
 
2. Linguistics: Fifteen units of required coursework in theoretical linguistics and one approved linguistics elective. In consulatation with advisor, courses may be selected from the following:

Select one course:

LIN 510 Introduction to Linguistics 

ASB 598 Introduction to Linguistics 

Required:

LIN 511 Phonology

LIN 610 Advanced Studies in Linguistics (phonology topic)

LIN 514 Syntax 

LIN 614 Advanced Studies in Syntax

Teaching Internship (1 credit hour)
 
Colloquia (8 credit hours): A four-semester sequence of 2-unit colloquium (APL 594) meetings
for students in the first two years. All students and program faculty are encouraged to attend.
 
Research Methods (6 credit hours): Six units of approved research methods courses selected
in consultation with the advisor. Examples of appropriate classes may include:

LIN 500 Research Methods in Linguistics

SLC 598 Research Methods for Linguists 

EDP 502 Introduction to Quantitative Methods

EDP 503 Introduction to Qualitative Research

EDP 550 Introduction to Measurement in Education

EDP 552 Multiple Regression and Correlation Methods

EDP 554 Analysis-of-Variance Methods

EDP 651 Methods and Practices of Qualitative Research

EDP 652 Multivariate Procedures for Data Analysis

EDP 654 Structural Equation Modeling

EDP 691 Applied Item Response Theory

EDP 691 Linear Modeling

EDP 691 Meta-Analysis

Breadth Requirements (6 credit hours): Six units of coursework in a secondary concentration area. 
 
Specialization/Research (33 credit hours): In consultation with the advisor, students take eleven three-hour courses in their field of specialization or research hours. 
 
Students admitted before 2011, have the option of following this Required Coursework:

Required Coursework (pre 2011)

Foundations (21 credit hours)
1. Overview of the field: A three-unit course providing a survey of the field of Applied Linguistics.
2. Linguistics: Eighteen units of required coursework in theoretical linguistics and one approved linguistics elective.

Teaching Internship (2 credit hours)

Colloquia (4 credit hours): A four-semester sequence of 1-unit colloquium meetings
for students in the first two years. All students and program faculty are encouraged to attend.

Research Methods (6 credit hours): Six units of approved research methods courses selected
in consultation with the advisor.

Breadth (6 credit hours): Six units of coursework in a secondary concentration area.

Specialization/Research (33 credit hours): Students take 3 to 9 credits of required coursework, depending upon their specialization, plus additional approved electives for a total of 48 units of concentration/research coursework.

Dissertation (12 credit hours):  An oral defense of a dissertation is required.  Students must include 12 (and only 12) hours of 799 on the doctoral plan of study.
 
Language Requirement:  Students must demonstrate proficiency in a second language equivalent to two years of study. A language appropriate to the student’s area of interest is selected in consultation with the advisor. The language requirement must be satisfied by examination or coursework prior to advancement to candidacy. Computer or other non-human languages may not be used to satisfy this requirement. Students for whom English is a second language may use their first language to satisfy the requirement by examination. Course credit used to satisfy the language requirement cannot be used to satisfy other program requirements, and cannot be counted toward the total required 84 units.

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.