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Any course offered by the Department of SLS which is NOT required, is NOT a prerequisite, and which is numbered 380 or above (except for the SLS 480(A) series and 499V), may be taken as an elective without prior approval. Exceptions to this are SLS 730, 750, and 760, the graduate seminars. These courses are repeatable (i.e., can be taken more than once) and the second time a student takes one of these seminars it may be counted as an elective. However, a student cannot take multiple sections of either 730, 750, or 760 in a given semester. To be eligible to enroll in a seminar, a student must be advanced to candidacy.
Elective courses taken outside of the Department of SLS which are deemed relevant to the field of study of SLS must be approved in writing by the student’s academic advisor. In this connection, there are many courses offered by other departments (especially departments such as anthropology, East Asian languages and literatures, educational psychology, linguistics, etc.) which would be suitable electives for interested students. Approval consists of a note written by the advisor indicating approval and the subsequent notation on the Student Progress Form kept in the student’s file. Undergraduate level directed reading courses (399V, 499V) can not be counted for graduate credit.
Language courses (except those concerned with the structure of the language, its phonology or syntax) do NOT qualify as electives. Thus, advanced language learning courses (i.e., skills courses) cannot be counted as electives.
Courses taken outside of the department which are numbered below 400 are generally NOT approved for use as electives, as there are usually courses on similar topics offered at the graduate level.