Linguistics at Cornerstone University empowers you to be a deeply knowledgable and thoughtful communicator. You will study the components that make up language, such as the sounds, letters, grammar and contexts needed to create meaning. Learning about the evolution, structure and use of language will enable you to analyze and apply techniques to better understand human connections.
Our program also equips you with a Christian theology of language learning based on linguistic hospitality. This means approaching languages and cultures with the willingness and expertise to engage through methods of communication within and outside of your own cultural norm. From off-campus study experiences to required seminars on post-graduation career opportunities in the humanities, our professors offer personalized guidance to support your growth as a character-driven professional.
- School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
- Division: Humanities
- Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts, Minor
- Format: Residential
- Location: Grand Rapids
A bachelor's degree in linguistics prepares you for a range of career options and graduate programs.
- Technical writer
From personable faculty to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes.
See our sample degree plan for the list of classes you'll take as a linguistics major.
All traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum. This experience helps you explore your calling and gain practical career skills.
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
of traditional undergraduate humanities students from the class of 2019 were working or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.
Importantly, our recent graduates also shared that they love their work. Of respondents, 50 percent reported a genuine interest in what they are doing.
Linguistics is an ideal major for culturally curious, detail-oriented students with an interest in language and its influence on interpersonal relationships. Students who enjoy applying their analytical and communication skills to better understand others are encouraged to consider applying as a linguistics major.
This path of study is well suited to be paired with a minor, second major or graduate school degree.
Our Humanities Division students receive admission to respected graduate schools.
- Duke University
- Purdue University
- Institute of Christian Studies
- University of Michigan
College Is About More Than a Degree
At Cornerstone, knowledge is about more than memorizing facts. Here, you will develop a deeper understanding of people, life and God. You will conquer challenges, grow in wisdom and make more memories than you can count.
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