Certificate In Linguistics

In addition to an M.A. in Linguistics, the Linguistics Program at Florida International University offers a Certificate acknowledging that a student has demonstrated competence in course work pertaining to the study of linguistics. This Certificate is designed to meet the needs of those who have a general interest in linguistics studies, as well as those for whom work in linguistics would assist in career planning or advancement. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to earn the certificate. A student can acquire a Certificate in Linguistic Studies by successfully completing at least six courses in linguistics or linguistics-related courses, totaling eighteen credit hours. Students should apply for admission to the program when they are sure of their interest in Linguistics, after successful completion of a first Linguistics course. Students should consult a Certificate advisor in selecting courses. Successful completion entails obtaining a B average (3.0) across the 6 Linguistics courses, with a minimum of a C grade in each individual course.

You may download the Certificate Application form here: http://onestop.fiu.edu/specialty-students/certificate-applicants/index.html

With the advice of the Coordinating Committee, the student is encouraged to attain some degree of proficiency in a language other than his or her native language.

In addition to the requirements noted above, all of the requirements for obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from the University must be met, or the student must already possess a Bachelor’s degree.

A Coordinating Committee representing various fields will advise students and grant the Certificate. All students must complete one introductory course and one structure course from the courses listed below for a total of six credit hours:

A minimum of one course from each of the following groups:

Introductory Courses [one course only]

  • LIN 3010 General Linguistics 3
  • LIN 3013 General Linguistics 3
  • LIN 5018 Introduction to Linguistics 3

Structure Courses

  • LIN 4680 Modern English Grammar 3
  • FRE 4800 Contrastive Morphology 3
  • SPN 4802 Contrastive Syntax 3
  • LIN 5501 English Syntax 3

Four additional courses: (12)

In addition to the required courses stated above, all students must complete an additional four courses totaling twelve credits. Any course with an LIN prefix fulfills this requirement with the exception of LIN 3670 - Grammatical Usage. Linguistics courses with FOL, FRE, POR, and SPN prefixes also fulfill this requirement, but permission must be received from the Program Director to take courses with FOL, FRE, POR, or SPN prefixes. PHI 4221 (Philosophy of Language ), PHI 4222 (Philosophy of Dialogue) and MHF 4302 (Mathematical Logic) also fulfill this requirement, with permission from the Program Director.