Interdisciplinary Studies Master of Science with a concentration in Computational Linguistics


Computational linguistics (CL) is the scientific study of language from a computational perspective. CL lives at the intersection of language and technology; it is inherently interdisciplinary. The CL concentration in the interdisciplinary studies master’s program brings together coursework in linguistics and computer science to develop two different skill sets in students. First, our graduates develop keen skills in linguistics and linguistic analysis, learning how languages work in the abstract. This knowledge can then be applied to the design of computational systems for automating linguistic analysis. The second major goal of the concentration is for students to develop a thorough knowledge of the methods used in automated natural language processing (NLP), as well as the programming skills to undertake research in computational linguistics. These two skill sets will be augmented by a pair of courses selected to strengthen background relevant for the student’s intended career path. These course sequences are to be selected in consultation with the concentration advisors; possible topics include learning technologies, digital data curation, business analytics, or information science.

The degree plan in the concentration is a mix of required courses and electives, with the Department of Linguistics as the primary academic area. A total of 18 credit hours from Linguistics will be earned from courses in theoretical linguistics, research methods, experimental design, and computational linguistics. The CL courses are designed to coordinate with courses in Computer Science (total of 6 credit hours). The third area of study (total of 6 credit hours) is to be selected by the student in coordination with the concentration advisors, and at the end of the program, students will complete a Capstone course in Linguistics which will include both a substantial research component and professional development, to support students in career placement following completion of the degree plan.


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