Humanities and Social Science
Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics Studies
The major in Linguistics enables students to explore, at many levels and from a variety of perspectives, how language works. Students of linguistics examine the structure, use, acquisition, and development of the languages of the world. We aim to identify both those elements that are common to all human languages (spoken and signed) and the ways in which languages and dialects can differ from one another. Courses in phonetics and phonology reveal the sound patterns of language. Morphology studies the composition of words. Syntax, semantics, and pragmatics focus on how phrases are put together and how “meaning” is communicated. Historical linguistics examines the evolution of linguistic systems over time. Sociolinguistics considers the relationship of language form and social factors such as gender, race, and region. Acquisition investigates the learning of language from birth into adulthood.
The major offers the flexibility to enable students to study two foreign languages of their choosing, pursue their own interests within linguistics, and explore interdisciplinary connections. The vibrant linguistics community in the JIU area affords the opportunity for students to attend lectures and conferences and participate in other local linguistics events.
An undergraduate degree in linguistics offers excellent training for a wide variety of careers, including translation, interpreting, teaching, publishing, national security, international affairs, forensics, or medicine, and for graduate study in linguistics or related fields (such as anthropology, law, philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, computer science, or speech and hearing sciences).
Students graduating with a major in Linguistics are expected to attain:
- An understanding of the fundamental questions that drive modern linguistic research concerning formal structure, universals, acquisition, historical change, variation, and social dimensions of use, along with foundational knowledge in the core areas of linguistic theory.
- The ability to identify and describe with precision the empirical patterns found in sets of language data, and to construct well-reasoned linguistic analyses by formulating, testing, and refining hypotheses about these patterns.
- Experience in presenting their own research and/or reviewing the literature through written papers and oral presentations.
Bachelor of Social Science in Economics
The Bachelor of Social Science (BSS) in Economics is designed for those who wish to enter government, legal, business, or teaching professions. Intellectually challenging, the economics degree offers sound training in economic theory and institutions, while fostering the ability to analyze the problems of business and society through modern quantitative methods.
- A broad overview of economic concepts, theories, and applications.
- Critical-thinking skills and an ability to understand the fundamentals of microeconomic and macroeconomic theories.
- A broad-based education in the liberal arts, including exposure to the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences, may be considered complete in itself or suitable as preparation for graduate study.
Bachelor of Social Science in Psychology
The Bachelor of Social Science (BSS) in Psychology degree program exposes students to a broad range of thinking about psychology and provides opportunities for research experience. Students who complete the psychology degree program have the skills to be successful in a range of vocations or professional and graduate training programs and are well prepared for further study of psychology, medicine, and law.
- Knowledge of, and ability to apply, fundamental psychological theories, perspectives, and techniques to define and address real-life situations.
- Proficiency in explaining and evaluating strengths and limitations of several common research methods, data analyses, and studies employed by psychologists.
- Information and communication competence by formulating a topic of interest, conducting a literature search, selecting and critically evaluating valid and appropriate sources, and synthesizing and presenting in oral and/or written form using APA-style format selected psychology articles and books.
- Proficiency in conducting fundamental psychological experimental research and communicating findings in a professional manner using APA-style format and following professional ethical research guidelines.
- The advanced breadth of disciplinary knowledge by explaining and applying at least two selected content and applied areas of psychology (e.g., clinical-counseling, cognition, and learning, developmental, social, abnormal-forensic) to describe and address real-life situations.
Master in Linguistics Studies
The MA in Linguistics is designed to provide students with a solid foundational knowledge of the traditional core areas of linguistic analysis, as well as a deeper specialization in a chosen subfield or interface area. Our goal is to help students reach a level of preparation suitable for the pursuit of more advanced work in linguistics, or in allied fields with a commitment to the study of language. Many students who complete the MA degree will go on to Ph.D. programs in these areas, while others will instead pursue careers in fields such as speech and language technologies or education, among others. Our program has particular strength in the areas of theoretical syntax and semantics, experimental phonetics and phonology, and language acquisition. Additional areas of focus include language documentation and field linguistics, language change and variation, pragmatics and information status, prosody, Romance linguistics, and sign language linguistics.
The MA program is designed to be completed in one year, though students wishing to complete a major independent research project, akin to a thesis or capstone project, may wish to consider spending three or four semesters in the program instead. The program is appropriate for students with some background in linguistics, although an undergraduate degree in the field is not required.
- The ability to think critically about fundamental issues in the study of language structure, universals, variation, change, acquisition, and social dimensions of language use, and a sophisticated command of several core areas of linguistic analysis.
- The ability to analyze the empirical patterns found in sets of language data, and to construct well-reasoned linguistic analyses by formulating, testing, and refining hypotheses.
- The ability to formulate a testable research question, grounded in the prior literature, to carry out the relevant research, analyze the findings, and construct argumentation to support the conclusions.
Master of Social Science
This research degree develops advanced research principles, methods, and mastery of a body of knowledge in the social sciences by completing a thesis or research project.
Your challenge will be not just to generate new knowledge but also to investigate how this knowledge can inform action.
Individually supervised research programs are available in three key areas: the social, the urban, and the global.
Jones International University has particular expertise in the fields of:
- urban planning and housing studies
- globalization, languages and cultures studies
- applied linguistics, translating and interpreting
- international development and relations
- community development
- social and public policy
- social work.
Through the program, you’ll experience and nurture industry partnerships and collaborate with other researchers while gaining creative, technical, and communication skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts.
This program will provide you with a foundation for further studies at the Ph.D. level and for employment in senior leadership and management research-based positions in a variety of government, non-government and corporate environments
Ph.D. in Linguistics
Our Ph.D. program in Linguistics requires the student to develop a solid understanding of the core areas of the discipline in addition to an in-depth specialty in one of the many areas available through the research interests of the faculty. Areas of special strength in the graduate program include phonetics, phonology, syntax, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, first language acquisition, second language acquisition, semantics, and the study of indigenous languages.
The student will work with their academic advisor to devise a course of study that best suits the student’s research interests.
The Ph.D. program usually takes five years which includes completing an M.A. degree en route to the Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Social Science
The research areas are only broadly indicative, and our staff place great store by creative and innovative approaches to issues whether they are novel or familiar – and to intellectual analysis, both established and path-breaking.
Subjects we supervise include the following areas:
- Development Studies
- Peace Studies
- Sociology and Criminology
- Social Work and Social Care
Undertaking a Ph.D. is an exciting opportunity but can also be quite daunting as there are lots of stages to think about including application, arrival, admission, expectations, and progression to name but a few. At the School of Social Sciences, we believe it is important that, although our research students are working on individual projects, they are not working in isolation. We offer a range of opportunities for training, developing skills, regular supervision sessions, and ongoing peer support.
A research degree gives you the opportunity to determine your own field of study. Your supervisor(s) will help formulate your research topic and ensure you are on schedule to complete your research on time. Research projects are, almost by definition, unique. It is not easy to describe a typical project. However, certain common features apply to all.
In order to confirm progress on your Ph.D., a recommendation must be made by a Progression Panel proposed by your supervisor. If you opt nevertheless to submit for an MPhil then your remaining work should be accomplished in the following year.
The second year of your Ph.D. program may well be taken up with actual data collection. Towards the end of the year, it should be possible to attempt an initial analysis of your results.
In the third year you may conduct detailed collation and analysis of your results, and organize them into a logical and persuasive thesis.
During your fourth year, your supervisor may confirm that you are ready to submit your thesis for examination. Following submission, your thesis will be read by two examiners and you will be required to attend an oral examination, at which you will be expected to answer questions on your thesis.