The MA in SLS allows for students to concentrate in a particular area of specialization, each of which has requirements and expectations in course selection additional to the 15-credit core. The number of electives will vary depending on the plan of study (A, B, or C). The thesis or scholarly paper should be on a topic relevant to the specialization.
The five areas of specialization are: Critical Second Language Studies (CSLS); Language Assessment, Measurement, and Program Evaluation (LAMPE); Language and Social Interaction (LSI); Language Education (LE); and Second Language Acquisition (SLA). Each specialization is noted on the student’s transcript upon graduation.
Note. It is not necessary to select a specialization. For students who elect not to have a specialization, the course of study involves the four core courses and one core seminar, along with electives approved by their advisor.