Concurrent B.A. in Linguistics and M.A. in TESL/Applied Linguistics

 

Program Description 

A concurrent B.A. in Linguistics and M.A. in TESL and Applied Linguistics offers well-qualified students the opportunity for accelerated study, achieving both degrees within a 5-year time frame. A student enrolled in this program pursues a graduate M.A. degree while simultaneously completing the requirements for the B.A. in Linguistics. Completing the concurrent degree program would enable students to enter the workforce one year earlier than through the traditional M.A. degree pathway. Up to six credits can be double-counted toward the requirements for both degrees. Students applying for the concurrent degree program should be motivated, focused, and able to handle a 16+ credit hour/semester schedule.

Eligibility (all qualifications must be met to apply):

  • A minimum 45 credits in undergraduate program completed
  • Two years of ISU foreign language study or bilingualism demonstrated by an approved language test (completed or in progress)
  • At least 12 credits of Linguistics courses completed with a major GPA of 3.2 or higher,
  • A minimum cumulative ISU GPA of 3.0

Timeline

Students should know by the middle of their sophomore year if they are interested in pursuing the concurrent program. We recommend that students plan ahead, and notify the undergraduate linguistics adviser as soon as they know of their intent to apply for the concurrent degree; if possible, the linguistics adviser should be notified of intent to pursue the concurrent degrees by the end of the 4th semester.

Students interested in concurrent enrollment should talk with the linguistics advisor about making plans as early as possible (no later than the end of the 6th semester), file the Request for Concurrent Enrollment, and submit the application materials (listed below).

If accepted into the concurrent enrollment program, students should begin taking graduate courses (by the onset of the fourth year of study). Students accepted into the concurrent enrollment program will continue to work with the undergraduate linguistics adviser until the BA degree requirements are met. By the onset of the fifth year of study, students should have identified an area for their thesis/creative component and establish a program of study committee (including a major professor).

Students become full-time graduate students upon acceptance into the concurrent degree program. Students are eligible for research assistantships upon entry into the concurrent degree program, although it should be noted that these opportunities are rare. Student are eligible to apply for a teaching assistantship once all requirements for the BA degree are met; TA selection will follow the standard procedures for the department (including GRE scores).

How to Apply

The following components make up your application:

  • Fill out the Request for Concurrent Enrollment
  • Write a statement of purpose, usually 1-2 pages, explaining why you want to pursue the M.A. degree.
  • Obtain three letters of recommendation.
  • Create a curriculum plan with the undergraduate linguistics adviser, who works closely with members of the graduate faculty.
  • Writing sample (which can be a paper written for an undergraduate course at ISU)
  • Submit your materials by e-mail to Teresa Smiley in the Graduate English Office at englgrad@iastate.edu
  • GRE scores (not required for initial application; required if applying for a teaching assistantship)

The admission criteria are generally the same as those required for all graduate students in the department. Application materials are reviewed by the graduate faculty in linguistics, the department’s Director of Graduate Education (DOGE), and the department chair; their recommendations are forwarded on to the ISU Graduate College.

 

BA in Linguistics

120 credits
45 credits at 300+
36 credits in major (6 graduate credits can double count with graduate degree requirements)
9 credits English communication
12-16 credits of foreign language
29 credits in general education: 9 in A&H, 9 in SS, 8 in NS, 3 in math

Possible electives:
305, 275, 286, 319, 320 (not computers and language), 422, 309, Spanish LING, ASL LING,
318, 322, 324, 325, 425

MA in TESL/Applied Linguistics

Concurrent degree MA requirements MA requirements
Pre-requisites

Engl 220 (taken for BA)

Engl 219 (taken for BA)

Engl 510 (counts as elective in BA)

Pre-requisites

Engl 220

Engl 219

Engl 510

Core / Applied Aspects (15 credits)

Engl 512

Engl 514

Engl 519

Engl 524

Engl 525

Core (15 credits)

Engl 512

Engl 514

Engl 519

Engl 524 or 525

Engl 537

Practicum (3 credits)

Engl 500 or 588; or SpCm 513

Practicum (3 credits)

Engl 500 or 588; or SpCm 513

Electives (open option specialization) (9 credits)

*Engl 510 can count as an elective

Electives/Specialization (9 credits)

*510 or 511 can count as an elective

 

516, 517X, 520, 526, 527, 528, 530

SPAN 554, 563X, 545

Relevant courses in HCI, CI

Thesis/Creative Component (3 credits)

Engl 699 or 599

Thesis/Creative Component (3 credits)

Engl 699 or 599

**6 credits (including 510) can count as an elective in the BA degree

 

5-Year Plan for Concurrent BA in Linguistics and MA in TESL/Applied Linguistics

Fall Spring
First Year (Freshman) ENGL 150 (3)

LIB 160 (1)

LING 119 (3)

Psych 131 (1)

World Language (3-4)

Gen Ed (Natural Sci) (4)

Total 15-16

ENGL 250 (3)

Gen Ed (Statistics) (4)

LING 219 (3)

World Language (3-4)

LING 101 (1)

Gen Ed (A&H) (3)

Total 17-18

Second Year (Sophomore) LING 220 (3)

LING 207 (3)

World Language (3-4)

Gen Ed (Social Sci) (3)

Gen Ed (A&H) (3)

Other for Undergrad (3)

Total 18-19

LING Elec (319 or 422) (3)

LING 413 (3)

World Language (3-4)

Gen Ed (Natural Sci) (4)

Gen Ed (Social Sci) (3)

 

Total 16-17

STUDY ABROAD A summer study abroad can add up to 9 credits. It is best if they can be transferred back as 300+ credits. This will ease the stress in one or more semesters if you plan carefully. A semester study abroad will add 12+ credits. Again keeping those credits at the 300+ level is most helpful. To stay within the 5-year time frame, you would need to take at least 15-18 credits.
Third Year (Junior) LING 420 (3)

LING 300+ Elec (3)

LING 437 (3)

Gen Ed (A&H) (3)

Other 300+ (3)

Total 15

LING 371 (3)

LING 300+ Elec (3)

LING 320 (Comp Ling) (3)

Gen Ed (Social Sci) (3)

Other 300+ (3)

Other for Undergrad (3)

Total 18

Fourth Year (Senior) Other 300+ (3)

Other 300+ (3)

LING 510 (3)

LING 524 or 525 (3)

LING 512, 514 or 500+ (3)

Total 15

ENGL 314 (3)

Other for Undergrad (3)

Other for Undergrad (3)

LING 519 (3)

LING 512, 514 or 500+ (3)

Total 15

Fifth Year (MA) LING 524 or 525 (3)

LING 588 (3)

LING 512, 514, or 500+ (3)

Total 9

LING 512, 514, or 500+ (3)

ENGL 599/699 (3)

 

Total 6

**500+ refers to a graduate elective

 

Application deadline: As early as possible (no later than the end of the 6th semester), talk with the

linguistics advisor about your interests and plans.