About the BA in Linguistics Degree
Why Study Linguistics at Cedarville?
Cedarville’s distinctly Christian BA in linguistics degree will give you in-depth study into all aspects of human language. Linguistics, the science of language, is the third “pillar” of modern language studies, standing alongside languages and literature.
At Cedarville, you will study linguistics through theoretical and practical coursework with practical concentrations that will prepare you for a vocation related to language and culture, including civil service, missions (including language learning, Bible translation, and literacy), or international business.Request Info Visit
What Sets Cedarville Apart?
Biblical WorldviewThe Bible is the authority for research and study in every class you'll take.
Mentoring Christian FacultyYou'll be taught by highly-credentialed professors who want you to succeed.
Top Placement RatesOur graduates achieve top career and grad school placement rates — 10% above the national average.
Thorough — The program in linguistics combines theoretical exploration of language with practical application.
Customizable — You can choose a concentration area that fits with your vocational goals. Choose from:
- Biblical Languages and Philosophy
- Computer Science
- Cultural Studies
- Education and Psychology
- English and Writing
- Global Engagement
- Information Technology
- Modern Languages
Practical — The choice of concentration area provides students with vocational preparation in fields such as computer science, information technology, cultural studies, education, writing, or teaching English as a second language.
Biblical — Your program will be taught from a biblical worldview, using biblical principles that undergird language work as a unique competence of human behavior. You will be well prepared for further studies to prepare you for work in the U.S. or overseas, such as civil service, missions (including language learning, Bible translation, and literacy), or international business.
What Can You Do With a Linguistics Degree?
With a degree in linguistics, you can pursue a career in the following fields:
- Computer industry
- Language documentation
- Teaching ESL (in the U.S. and abroad)
Additionally, a BA in linguistics will prepare you for graduate study in fields as broad as law, speech therapy, forensics, and modern language education.
Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom
You will have multiple opportunities during your four-year program of study to increase proficiency in a language other than your native language, to see linguists in action, to participate in research, and to develop, practice, and hone skills related to languages.
Capstone Experience — You will conclude your coursework by designing language-related research and writing a publishable paper.
Internships — You will have an opportunity to gain real-world experience during an internship traveling overseas to teach English or conduct language surveys.
Student Organizations — You can join one of our student organizations that combine social interaction and language-related events.
- Linguistics Club — The Linguistics Club meets regularly for activities that enhance practical usage of linguistics, such as a visit to the linguistics experimentation lab at COSI museum in Columbus, and a look into the internships they offer or the TESOL Symposium, hosted by the club.
- French Club — The French Club meets regularly at la Table de Français to practice speaking French outside the classroom. They also participate in culturally relevant activities, such as visiting a French-speaking church in Columbus, participating in French dinners, and fellowship and worship in French.
- German Club — The German Club hosts a weekly Stammtisch in the dining hall where club members, friends, and faculty can meet to practice their German language skills and discuss current issues related to Germanic culture.
- Spanish Club — The Spanish Club meets regularly to practice conversational Spanish. They participate in cultural activities, including ministry to local Hispanic churches, and host an annual Noche de Alabanza open to the entire student body.
Building on your core liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take a combination of courses from the linguistics core, language study, and courses from your chosen concentration area.
This major offers an accelerated bachelor's-to-master's pathway for students interested in pursuing their MBA.
- Advanced Linguistics/Field Methods
- Linguistics for Language Learning
Program Format and Related Programs
Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.
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