Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

3-4 years
Credit Hours:

60 (with master's) or 72 (with bachelor's)
Harness information technology to further research into language and improve communications between humans and machines.
The UNT IIS Ph.D. program with a concentration in linguistics encourages students to learn and apply methods and theories of information science and other affiliated disciplines to solve problems in core linguistics, which will give graduates an edge in both academic and non-academic markets. Students will learn how to fashion highly interdisciplinary fields of study, such as digital language data curation, computational modeling of linguistic behavior, advanced technologies for language teaching, and neurolinguistic and psycholinguistic techniques for alleviating speech and hearing disorders.

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Why Earn an Information Science Ph.D. With a Concentration in Linguistics?

The University of North Texas Information Science Ph.D. Program with a concentration in linguistics responds to the varied and changing needs of an information age, increasing recognition of the central role of information and information technologies in individual, social, economic, and cultural affairs.

The mission of the University of North Texas (UNT) Information Science (IS) Ph.D. Program is to provide a center of excellence in graduate education and research. Its primary goals are to:

  • Nurture critical and reflective thinking on the fundamental issues and elements of problems of utilization of information
  • Foster an environment of substantive and productive mentoring and apprenticeship
  • Prepare scholars passionate about the role of information in human affairs
  • Foster cross-disciplinary thinking and research.

Students are recruited to the program from a wide range of disciplines and encouraged to expand and refocus their expertise and skills in cutting-edge areas of information science that cross disciplinary boundaries. The multifaceted nature of information science warrants the focusing of resources, courses, and faculties from a broad range of academic units.

Marketable Skills
  • Research and publication
  • Pedagogical practices
  • Critical thinking
  • Leadership ability
  • Data analysis

Information Science Ph.D. With a Concentration in Linguistics Highlights

Instruction is offered in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, online and blended, that allows you to balance classes with full-time or part-time employment.
Special lectures hosted by the college and the department feature renowned scholars who provide different perspectives and insights into the information science field.
Our students and faculty are active members of different professional associations and learned societies, such as the iSchools consortium, the American Library Association, the Association for Information Science and Technology, and the Knowledge & Information Professional Association.
The structure of the IS Ph.D. Program deliberately encourages and supports interactions among students and faculty in different academic units. Faculty and doctoral students together pursue research in a variety of areas.
The Department of Information Science offers financial support and scholarships to its students to recognize exceptional academic and creative accomplishments.
The Career Center is one of the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major.

What Can You Do With an Information Science Ph.D. With a Concentration in Linguistics?

Graduates of the program are prepared to contribute to the advancement and evolution of the information society and linguistics in a variety of roles and settings as administrators, researchers, and educators.

Information Science Ph.D. With a Concentration in Linguistics Courses You Could Take

Seminar in Research and Research Methodology (3 hrs)
This course will cover advanced topics in research methodology, research proposal development and directed research study.
Research Design in Linguistics (3 hrs)
This course provides an introduction to research methods in linguistics and applied linguistics/ESL with a focus on empirical research and the social and behavioral aspect of language science. It covers a range of techniques for conducting linguistic research including language data elicitation, data compilation and data mining.
Ethnographic and Qualitative Methods (3 hrs)
This course focuses on ethnographic and qualitative methods and the development of the skills necessary for the practice of anthropology. Special emphasis is given to qualitative techniques of data collection and analysis, grant writing, the use of computers to analyze qualitative data and ethical problems in conducting qualitative research.
Morpho-Syntax (3 hrs)
This course examines the internal structure of words and rules of word formation and the structure of phrases and clauses.
Introduction to Computational Linguistics (3 hrs)
This course covers research and techniques for describing language using statistical and/or probabilistic models of natural language from a computational perspective.
Seminar in Communication and Use of Information (3 hrs)
This course covers the nature of information as a phenomenon and of the communication processes. Conceptual linkage to treatments in various fields. The role of information and communication in individual, social and institutional behavior.

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