Ph.D. in SLAT
Hallmarks of the SLAT Program
- Disability and Psychoeducational Studies, Educational Psychology, Educational Policy Studies and Practice, Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies in the College of Education;
- Classics, East Asian Studies, French & Italian, German Studies, Public & Applied Humanities, Russian & Slavic Studies, Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Humanities;
- Anthropology, Communication, English, Linguistic, Mexican American Studies and Middle Eastern & North African Studies in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences;
- Cognitive Science, Psychology, Speech, Language and Hearing in the College of Science; and
- Educational Technology
2 – Research, Teaching, and Community: Our program offers students a broad academic experience in combination with a hands-on apprenticeship within a community of researchers and scholars. Starting in the first year, each student is paired with two faculty mentors and one academic advisor with whom they collaborate on a research proposal. Further, students have opportunities to teach, co-teach, or lead discussion sections across a broad spectrum of courses, language focused or language-related general education courses across a range of levels. Students also have opportunities to help organize colloquia, workshops, and conferences or work as journal editors and reviewers. Many of our students are also engaged in community work.
3 – Individually tailored course of study: Our program offers students the opportunity to tailor a course of study that meets their current and future needs. As they progress in the program, they increasingly have greater agency in course selection and research projects.
The SLAT Program is central to the University mission in providing graduate education that meets designated criteria for excellence and demonstrates promise for national and international distinction; in having faculty with an outstanding record of publications and research grants, and established collaborative networks with local, regional, national, and international scholars in the field; in providing services of particular relevance to regional multilingual settings; and in stimulating and coordinating interdisciplinary activities which are contributing to new knowledge and innovative developments in practical application.
Course Unit Requirements
In total, degree candidates complete 24 units of core courses and select an 12-unit specialization from among the following four areas: Instructional Dimensions of L2 Learning, Sociocultural Dimensions of L2 Learning, Cognitive Dimensions of L2 Learning, or Linguistics Dimensions of L2 Learning. In addition, candidates choose a minor field (consisting of 12 or more units depending on field) and must complete a minimum of 18 dissertation units.