Language matters.

Linguistics is the study of language.  Students within the linguistics program will explore the structure and use of language.  Laguage study will be applied to the teaching and learning of language.

In January 2015, Online Christian Colleges ranked Cornerstone University as one of 20 best schools for Linguistics.

  • Overview

    • School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
    • Division: Humanities
    • Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts, Minor
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Quick Facts

    • Major Credit Hours: 49-51
    • Minor Credit Hours: 18
    • Application Deadline: Rolling admission
      • Fall semester—August 15
      • Spring semester—January 1

    Career Opportunities

    A major in Linguistics is appropriate for students who are interested in further study in foreign languages or linguistics.

    Click the links below to find out more information about the field of Linguistics from the Linguistic Society of America:

  • Degree Completion

    Download a sample degree plan for a major in Linguistics.

    Internship Locations

    100% of Cornerstone University's traditional undergraduate students complete an internship experience.

    Linguistics majors have received hands-on, professional training as interns with these organizations:

    • Bethany Christian Services
    • Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
    • Kent County Literacy Council
    • Wycliffe Bible Translators
  • The Henry Osborn Award

    The Henry Osborn Award in applied Linguistics and TESOL symbolizes the commitment of the TESOL program at Cornerstone University to see faculty and students produce quality scholarship while ministering to the world in need.


    Applying Linguistics on the Mission Field

    Linguistics students have the opportunity to work with missions organizations internationally.   Select the link below to view one of the exciting opportunities Cornerstone University students have experienced working with Wycliffe Bible Translators.


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Career Outcomes

Our graduates can be found working with people of diverse languages and cultures. They are graduate students in linguistics and Bible translation and work in the field of Bible translation and literacy. They are also teachers of English and other languages around the globe.

  • Caley Bolderson (B.A. '13) serves as an AmeriCorps Member and ESL Instructor for Bethany Christian Services in Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Eric North (B.A. '13) is an ESL and SLA Instructor at Conexion 10/40 in Duluth, Ga.
  • Emily Most (B.A. '12) enrolled as a Master of Arts Student in Computational Linguistics at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Major Courses and Catalog

In addition to completing the university's core curriculum, the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities degree with a Linguistics concentration requires the following classes:

  • ENG-319 Advanced Grammar (3 credit hours)
  • LIN-225 Introduction to Linguistics (3 credit hours)
  • LIN-353 Linguistic History of the English Language (3 credit hours)
  • LIN-371 Second Language Acquisition (3 credit hours)
  • LIN-372 Sociolinguistics (3 credit hours)
  • LIN-460 Selected Linguists (3 credit hours)
  • Program electives (12 credit hours)
  • HUM-382 Humanities Seminar—2 semesters (6 credit hours)
  • HUM-481 Humanities Capstone (2 credit hours)
  • HUM-482 Thesis (2 credit hours)
  • Foreign language courses (9-11 credit hours)

For course descriptions and graduation requirements, view the 2016-17 Cornerstone University Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

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