University of Southern Indiana

Degrees and Programs

The Master of Arts in Second Language Acquisition, Policy and Culture (MASPC) degree includes study in three areas.

Students are required to complete 30 credit hours in order to earn the degree.

Required courses:

  • WLC 611 - Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)- Online only
  • WLC 699 - Thesis (3-6 credits) or WLC 698 - Written and Oral Comprehensive Exams (3 credits) WLC 699 and WLC 698 can be completed remotely or on campus during the fall or spring semesters.

Elective courses:

Approved elective courses (21-24 credits) are taken in the areas of Second Language Acquisition, Policy and Culture through the World Languages and Cultures department, but also the Communications, Political Science and Public Administration, English, and Teacher Education departments. Students can tailor elective selection to their professional interests, but must take courses in all three areas. 

The program includes two optional embedded certificate programs in TESOL and Cultural Awareness Training (CAT) that count towards the degree.  

Second Language Acquisition emphasis
Language Policy emphasis
Culture Studies emphasis

Embedded Certifications

Students may obtain Cultural Awareness Training (CAT) certification and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certification as part of the master's degree program,  counting towards elective credits.

Students who completed TESOL and cultural awareness certificates at the undergraduate level are required to select different electives at the graduate level.

Contact Dr. Jessica Jensen


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