The Department offers programs leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics. The core of the programs is in phonology, syntax, and language acquisition. The M.A. degree provides a broad education in linguistics which serves as a base for further study in linguistics or related disciplines. If a student chooses the TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) focus in conjunction with the M.A., then the degree prepares students for a career in teaching English to nonnative speakers overseas and at colleges and universities in the United States. The Ph.D. degree is primarily a research degree with a basis in phonology, syntax, and language acquisition. Students may work with faculty who specialize in Slavic, Germanic, and Romance languages, and will have opportunities to develop expertise in the cognitive science of language and experimental and quantitative approaches to linguistic analysis.