The Applied Linguistics major, designed in cooperation with the Summer Institute of Linguistics, exists to train people to engage in collaborative work with speakers of minority languages—usually languages with little or no written tradition—to develop written materials in and about those languages and to promote mother-tongue literacy. 

    The courses deal with general principles basic to all languages and cultures and are illustrated by material from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and the Americas.

    Graduates of this major will:

    • Develop both vocational skills in language work and their abilities in analytical and creative thinking, all in the context of becoming more sensitive to other cultures and languages

    • Distinguish, reproduce and write all the possible sounds in human languages

    • Make a preliminary analysis of the sound system and grammar of any language
      of the world

    • Learn to speak another language fluently, even where no formal program exists

    Future Ministry Opportunities

    Literacy specialist, language survey worker, foreign missionary, home missionary, TESOL instructor, relief worker, Christian organization employee, chaplain, church staff, church planter and international Christian school staff.


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  • "The skills I learned in my linguistics classes are invaluable to me as a language learner and a Bible translator."
    — Delaina, Papua New Guinea
    B.A. in Applied Linguistics