Linguistic hospitality matters.

The linguistics major capitalizes on your knowledge of the structure and use of language. It equips you with a Christian theology of language learning based on linguistic hospitality. It trains you in the methods of language acquisition and techniques of linguistic analysis. And it empowers you to excel as a Christ-centered influencer.

Here, we take a holistic approach to vocational preparation because the values you bring to your work matter. From off-campus study experiences led by expert faculty to required seminars on post-graduation career opportunities in the humanities, our professors offer personalized feedback and guidance to support your growth as a character-driven professional.

Why Cornerstone University?

  • Expect more interaction with expert faculty. At Cornerstone, we intentionally limit class sizes because we value relational learning. This means you'll receive more in-class attention from professors who are committed to seeing you thrive.
  • Get involved in leadership development. Student-led organizations, clubs and initiatives give you the chance to apply leadership principles in meaningful ways. For example, Enactus works to address local and international needs with sustainable solutions.
  • Expand your career options. Based on your vocational interests, take advantage of the opportunity to add a second major such as intercultural studies or history to your four-year plan. This further increases your marketability as a young professional.
  • Overview

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

    Career Opportunities

    A bachelor's degree in linguistics prepares you for a range of career options and graduate programs.

    • Editor
    • Interpreter
    • Technical writer
    • Translator
  • Relevant Classes

    A well-rounded list of liberal arts and major classes prepare you to excel as an innovative, character-driven professional. And trained advisers provide the personalized, strengths-focused guidance you need to thrive as a college student and complete your degree.

    Download a semester-by-semester class planning guide. This shows how you can finish your degree in four years.

    Earn Advanced Standing

    Linguistic majors have the opportunity to qualify for advanced standing in our Master of Arts in TESOL program. This gives you the option to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in as few as five years.

    Download a semester-by-semester class planning guide.

  • Global Internships

    100% of our traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum. More than a graduation requirement, this real-world experience helps you explore your calling and gain practical skills for career success.

    With guidance from the Center for Career & Life Calling, our students land internships at trusted businesses and nonprofits around the world.

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

    Job Outcomes

    Cornerstone alumni are tireless in their passion to influence our world for Christ as servant leaders. You can find CU graduates building lives that matter at workplaces based in West Michigan and beyond.

    • Bethany Christian Services
    • National Park Service
  • Where Our Alumni Attend Graduate School

    Our Humanities Division students receive admission to respected graduate schools.

    • Duke University
    • Purdue University
    • Institute of Christian Studies
    • University of Michigan

    Job and Graduate School Placement Rate

    94%

    of all our traditional undergraduate students from the class of 2017 were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.