Where Can I Earn a Linguistics Degree Through Distance Learning?

Distance learning linguistics degree programs allow you to take courses from the comfort of your home as your schedules permit. They are designed for students with career or family obligations. Many of these programs are at the graduate level, though a few schools do provide undergraduate studies in this area. Schools offering Communications degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Overview of Distance Learning Options

Some universities offer online courses and programs in linguistics. Content for these courses is delivered through recorded or real-time lectures as well as textbooks. Interactions occur via live online chats or message boards. To access materials, you may need multimedia or Web conferencing software such as Adobe Connect. Below you'll find discussion of three schools that offer online programs in linguistics. The degree programs discussed are cohort programs in which you'll start along with a group of other students and follow roughly similar curricula to graduate at the same time; this creates more of a community feel to the online program since you'll progress along with virtual classmates.

The University Of Massachusetts - Boston

The University of Massachusetts - Boston's interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics program offers concentrations in English as a Second Language (ESL) and foreign language pedagogy. The curriculum includes topics in cross-cultural studies, ESL methodologies, psycholinguistics and basic theoretical linguistics. The program is designed to help prepare you for a career in linguistics research or education. It's offered completely online, although you'll be required to take a proctored comprehensive exam on campus or at another institution close to home.

The University of Washington

If you have an interest in the ways in which computer technology can be used to analyze speech and language, you may be interested in the University of Washington's master's degree program in computational linguistics. It includes coursework in linguistic phonetics, syntax, speech technology and natural language processing techniques. The program is designed to be completed in one year. However, the school also allows for part-time study. You're encouraged to complete an on-campus orientation, although you may opt instead to attend an orientation webinar. The remaining program requirements can be completed entirely online.

Ashford University

You can earn an online Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics through Ashford University. You will take 42 credits of the total 120 required for graduation in major coursework and must also complete an extensive research paper. Topics you will likely study in major courses include sounds of language, communicative and language development disorders, language structures, computational linguistics, language acquisition and second language learning.

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