Several Christian colleges in various states offer bachelor's degree programs in linguistics or applied linguistics. These programs are unique and offer different learning experiences, and the schools that offer them vary in a number of factors as well. Learn about a handful of Christian schools with a linguistics major.
Christian colleges that offer a major in linguistics vary in denomination, size, tuition rate and more. Compare some of these schools and their location and tuition rates in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Cedarville University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Baptist||Cedarville, OH||$29,156|
|Moody Bible Institute||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Chicago, IL||$12,960|
|Cornerstone University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Grand Rapids, MI||$27,520|
|Mid-Atlantic Christian University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Christian Churches and Churches of Christ||Elizabeth City, NC||$14,080|
|Union University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Jackson, TN||$31,510|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of These Christian Colleges with a Linguistics Major
Students interested in pursuing a linguistics major at a Christian institution may also want to consider what spiritual growth opportunities are available, the size of the school and/or details of the linguistics program while making their decision. Here we discuss some of these details for a few of the Christian universities that offer the major.
Cedarville University in Ohio had 3,380 undergraduate students in 2016, according to the NCES. The school offers a BA in Linguistics with a wide range of concentrations, including cultural studies, global engagement, modern languages, computer science, mathematics and Biblical languages and philosophy. Students in the program complete a capstone experience and may also choose to participate in internships and/or Linguistics, Spanish, French or German Club. Besides attending chapel, students on campus may further develop their spiritual lives through global outreach opportunities, Bible studies, student leadership and a variety of music ministries, such as HeartSong Ministries, Jubilate and chapel bands.
Moody Bible Institute
The Moody Bible Institute in Illinois cooperates with the Summer Institute of Linguistics to offer a BA in Applied Linguistics. The program is designed to train students to learn and transcribe minority languages from around the world and assist with mother-tongue literacy. The institute had about 2,860 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES. Each November, the campus participates in Spiritual Enrichment Week, and students may also go on mission trips, attend spiritual conferences and/or participate in Practical Christian Ministry for hands-on ministry experience.
Michigan's Cornerstone University offers chapel services three times a week, Evensong student-worship service, small groups and mentoring opportunities to help students grow in their faith. Students interested in studying linguistics can pursue the school's BA in Linguistics program that allows students to qualify for advanced standing in Cornerstone's Master of Arts in TESOL program to finish both degrees in five years. Students in the BA program participate in internship or practicum experiences for hands-on learning, as well as seminars to learn about career opportunities. In 2016, the NCES reported that the university had close to 1,860 undergraduates.
Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Mid-Atlantic Christian University is an undergraduate institute in North Carolina that had a little over 190 students in 2016, per the NCES. Students at the university can earn a BA in Applied Linguistics and Biblical Studies that includes intense study at GIAL (Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics) in Dallas, Texas, which culminates in a Certificate in Applied Linguistics from GIAL. Students in the program study at Mid-Atlantic Christian and then apply to GIAL their junior year. Spiritual life on campus is made up of chapel services and Discipleship Groups, as well as spiritual activities, like International Conference of Missions.
Union University in Tennessee offers a major in applied linguistics that includes a capstone and research methods course. Students in the program may also choose to pursue a 12-hour emphasis in foreign languages that also includes study at the Summer Institute of Linguistics at the University of North Dakota. The university had close to 2,290 undergraduate students in 2016, according to the NCES. Students interested in further developing their spiritual lives can attend chapel services and participate in life groups, outreach organizations, men's and women's cooperatives and university ministries.