Studying Language, Broadening Our World.

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

What can I do with a major in Linguistics?

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

How can I complete my degree program in four years?

Download a sample degree plan for a major in Linguistics.

4 Year Linguistics Degree Plan

Where are internships and partnerships available for students in the Linguistics program?

Students have opportunities to intern and partner with organizations such as Wycliffe Bible Translators, Kent County Literacy Council, and Bethany Christian Services. Students also have the opportunity to work at international locations with missions organizations.

What are graduates of the Linguistics program doing now?

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.

Emily Most '12 | Master of Arts Student in Computational Linguistics at the University of Colorado Boulder

Eric North '13 | ESL and SLA Instructor at Conexion 10/40 in Duluth, GA

Caley Bolderson '13 | Americorps Member and ESL Instructor for Bethany Christian Services in Grand Rapids, MI

With a major in Linguistics, what classes will I take?

Linguistic History of the English Language | ENG-353

Study the development of the English language from its Indo-European roots to the present, paying attention to the historical contexts and linguistic features of the language.

Sociolinguistics | LIN-372

Develop an understanding of language in its social and cultural contexts, observing how sociocultural variables relate to language use and language learning in multi-cultural educational settings.

What publications have Cornerstone faculty members contributed to the field of Linguistics?

The Henry Osborn Award in Applied Linguistics and TESOL

Cornerstone University established the Henry Osborn Award in Applied Linguistics and TESOL in 2007 to honor Dr. Henry Osborn, a linguistics professor and administrator at Cornerstone University from 1969-1985. The motto of Cornerstone University is excellens academica cum commisso christo, which means "academic excellence with Christian commitment." Recipients of this award have demonstrated high academic excellence in the fields of Applied Linguistics or TESOL, and deep Christian commitment. This Christian commitment is demonstrated through examples of sacrificial service on the mission field and through the local church. The Henry Osborn Award 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.

Recipients of the Henry Osborn Award in Applied Linguistics and TESOL

  • 2014 | Dr. William Acton, Trinity Western University, Canada
  • 2011 | Dr. Zoltan Dornyei, University of Nottingham, UK
  • 2009 | Dr. Suresh Canagarajah, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2007 | Dr. Thomas Scovel, San Francisco State University

Who can I contact for more information on a major in Linguistics?