Language matters.

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.

  • 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
  • Program Classes

    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.

    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

    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

    Humanities Student Outcomes


    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.

  • Is this major for me?

    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.

    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