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Subject: Areas of studies
Question: What is the differences or similarities between a PhD in Linguistics and a PhD in Second language studies.

Thank You very much

Reply: In agreement with my two colleagues who have previously given their responses
(Fischer, Silva).

I might add, if you have some specific departments or programs from particular
universities to compare, list out for yourself what courses are required, what
intermediate accomplishments you must produce, before you're permitted to write the
dissertation.

Frequently the intermediate accomplishments include examinations (which topics are
offered or required by each program?) or some other big project.

Another possible difference between these two related degree programs is that theory
about and practices in pedagogy is likely part of the Second Language Studies focus,
and highly unlikely in the Linguistics program.
Reply From: Nancy J. Frishberg      click here to access email
 
Date: 21-Aug-2013
 
Other Replies:
  1. Re: Areas of studies    Marilyn N Silva     (21-Aug-2013)
  2. Re: Areas of studies    Susan D Fischer     (21-Aug-2013)
  3. Re: Areas of studies    Robert A Papen     (21-Aug-2013)

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