Department of Modern Languages

The University of Mississippi

Ph.D. Program in Second Language Studies

The Ph.D. Program in Second Language Studies offers two emphases:


  • Applied Linguistics
  • Spanish


Students in the Applied Linguistics Ph.D. program focus on linguistics, empirical research, and language pedagogy. The curriculum is shaped by the scholarship of the department’s faculty; however, all graduate courses center on language in use and are grounded in theoretical linguistics. Faculty expertise includes, but is not limited to, dialectology, discourse analysis, functional linguistics, historical linguistics, language obsolescence, language pedagogy, language variation, second language phonology, and sociolinguistics.


Students in the Spanish Ph.D. program explore culture, language, literature, and film across the

Spanish-speaking world. The curriculum provides students with a comprehensive understanding of literary criticism, cultural and film studies, and Hispanic linguistics. Faculty expertise includes, but is not limited to, the study of languages in contact, Spanish dialects, literature from Spain and Latin America, film, indigenous languages of Latin America, and Hispanic sociolinguistics.


All faculty are recognized experts in their fields and are committed to mentoring doctoral students as they pursue careers as researchers, teachers, and/or consultants in a variety of professional contexts.


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Dr. Felice Coles

Professor of Spanish and Linguistics