Master of Arts in Linguistics with a focus on Translation


Semester 1: August – December

  • AL603 Phonology (Required) [3 credits]. Study the principles and methods of analyzing linguistic sound systems.

  • AL605 Grammar (Required) [3 credits]. Study the principles and methods of analyzing grammatical structures.

  • AL608 Sociolinguistics (Required) [3 credits]. Study the structure and use of language in its social and cultural contexts, focusing on multilingual situations.

Semester 2: January – May

  • AL704 Field Methods in Linguistics (Required Research Methods, Elective #1) [4 credits]

  • AL706 Linguistic Data Management (Required Research Methods, Elective #2) [2 credits]

  • AL722 Principles of Translation [3 credits]

Summer Semester: July

  • AL732 Principles of Literacy (Elective course #3) [3 credits]

Semester 3: August – December

  • Elective course #4 [3 credits]

  • Elective course #5 [3 credits]

  • Elective course #6 [3 credits]

Semester 4: January – May

  • AL797 Independent Study [6 credits] or AL799 Thesis [12 credits]: Defend Proposal

  • AL755 Academic Writing for Linguistics or choose elective course #7 [3 credits]

  • Pass Ethics Review for Research and Collect Data

Semester 5: August – December

  • AL797 or AL799 continued: analyze data and write an Independent Study or Thesis

  • Independent Study Oral Comprehensive Exam

Semester 6: January – May

  • AL797 or AL799 continued: defend Independent Study/Thesis


  • AL 720 Discourse Analysis (Prerequisite: AL 605) [3 credits]

  • AL 723 Translation Practicum (Prerequisite: AL 722) [3 credits]

  • AL 724 Translation Technology (Prerequisite: AL 722) [3 credits]

  • AL 725 Seminar on Translation and Communication (Prerequisite: AL 722) [3 credits]

  • AL 741 Anthropological Linguistics [3 credits]

  • AL 747 Seminar on Semitic Languages (Prerequisite: AL 605) [3 credits]

  • AL 748 Discourse Analysis of Ancient Languages (Prerequisite: AL 720) [3 credits]

  • AL 752 Directed Readings [3 credits]

  • AL 755 Academic Writing for Linguistics [3 credits]

NOTE: The above courses may not all be offered during a student’s study at Payap University. However, there are many elective courses in addition to translation and language development courses.

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Required Research Methods Electives:

  • AL704 Field Methods in Linguistics (Prerequisites: AL603, AL605) [4 credits]. Study the methods for collecting and analyzing language data to formulate hypotheses and then refine them in light of available data.

  • AL706 Linguistic Data Management (Prerequisites: AL603, AL605) [2 credits]. Study the methods for managing, organizing, and presenting language data using computational tools.

Selected Translation Free Electives:

  • AL720 Discourse Analysis (Prerequisite: AL605) [3 credits]. Study the linguistic analysis of the discourse features, including coherence, discontinuities, information structure, prominence, pragmatic connectives, participant reference, and other topics.

  • AL746 Semantics [3 credits]. Study the relationship between form and meaning at various levels of language.

  • AL710 Historical and Comparative Linguistics (Prerequisites: AL603, AL605) [3 credits]. Study the theoretical analysis of language change and methods for linguistic reconstruction with a focus on Asian languages.

  • AL755 Academic Writing for Linguistics [3 credits]. A seminar on how to write formal written research proposals, abstracts, journal articles, academic conference presentations, and more extensive written works (i.e., M.A. theses and Independent Study Research Papers).