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SLA Ph.D. Major
The Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison prepares students to research and teach in the rapidly growing interdisciplinary field of SLA.
The community of faculty and students affiliated with the SLA Program is a vibrant and supportive group representing many languages, as well as many departments and schools on the UW-Madison campus.
Included in the 36-credit program for the doctoral major are a three-course introductory sequence, two required courses in Research Design and Methodology, and three courses in one of three areas of specialization:
(1) Second Language Analysis and Use
(2) Second Language Processes and Learning
(3) Second Language Pedagogical Theory and Postsecondary Instruction.
The 36-credits also include a four-course minor in an area such as a Foreign Language, Literature, Culture, and/or Linguistics; Nonnative Varieties of English; Bilingualism/Multi-Cultural Education; Language Contact.
(Detailed information about the requirements for the doctoral major is included in the SLA Student Handbook.)
Graduates of the SLA Program will pursue careers in many different fields, including linguistics, language planning and policy, language program direction and administration and foreign language teaching. Many of the Ph.D. degree recipients will seek careers in language education or as coordinators or directors of language programs, especially at the post-secondary level. Graduates will also seek positions in Ph.D. programs with an SLA research emphasis.