Linguistics Concentration (B.A.)

Linguistics Minor

Why concentrate in linguistics?

The highlight of the linguistics concentration is a summer of rigorous courses at an SIL program, the academic sister of Wycliffe Bible Translators. At SIL, you’ll not only study under professors who have been immersed in nonwestern languages: you’ll eat meals, play volleyball and participate in skit night with them. 

Along with an SIL program in either North Dakota or British Columbia, Canada, consider a summer or semester abroad.  Students have traveled to Israel, Bolivia, and Cameroon.

For those of you interested in graduate studies, these are some schools where our alums have been accepted: Georgetown University, University of North Dakota, and Trinity-Western University, British Columbia.

Linguistics Concentration Requirements

The linguistics concentration prepares students to pursue graduate work in linguistics, as well as careers in fields such as intercultural studies, translation, anthropology, and comparative studies. In the linguistics concentration, students sharpen their critical thinking, reading, and writing skills as they examine core areas of linguistic studies (e.g., phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, theory of second language acquisition, and sociolinguistics). Students will complete one summer of course work either at CanIL at Trinity Western University (Canada) (CanIL-TWU) or SIL International at the University of North Dakota (SIL-UND). Electives allow students to pursue the subfields that most interest them. The senior capstone course in linguistics enables students to apply their knowledge as they participate in primary research. The degree is granted upon completion of 125 credits as specified on pages 42–43 (40 credits must be in 3000- or 4000-level courses).

  • Literature course in core curriculum must include LIT3145.
  • Social Science course in core curriculum: ANT2045.

Required Courses

28 cr
ENG3125Advanced English Grammar: Syntax4
ESL3215Language, School and Society4
ESL3315Theory of Second Language Acquisition4
LIN2226Introduction to Lingusitics4
LIN4425Linguistic Research Methods2
LIN4856Senior Capstone in Linguistics [WCE, OCE]2

Summer courses to be taken at either:

SIL4500Articulatory Phonetics2
SIL4520Syntax and Morphology I3
Select one course from the following at SIL-UND:
SIL4510Phonology I3
SIL4800Learner-Directed Second Language Acquisition3
SIL5100Semantics and Pragmatics3
CIL4310Articulatory Phonetics3
(1 credits of this 3 credits CIL4310 course will apply towards general electives)
CIL4330Phonological Analysis3
CIL4360Grammatical Analysis5
(2 credits of this 5 credits CIL4360 course will apply towards general electives)


8 cr
GEO1015World Geography4
ICS2015World Religions4
LIN4996Linguistics Professional Experience1-4
Upper level courses with ENG or LIT prefixes.
Study abroad credits as approved by the department.
Other language courses beyond language requirement.

Foreign Language

16 cr
Two years of college-level foreign language courses (must achieve end-of-second-year foreign language competency).


Linguistics Minor

Required Courses

20 cr
LIN2226Introduction to Linguistics4
Select 16 additional credits from LIN-prefix topics in Linguistics; ANT2045; ENG3125; ESL3215, 3315; LIN2227; LIT3145; may select a maximum of 8 credits from SIL-UND, including SIL4500, 4520; choice of one from SIL4510, 4800, 5100; or may select a maximum of 11 credits from CanIL-TWU: CIL4310, CIL4330, CIL4360.

Prerequisite to graduate with a linguistics minor: competency through first year of foreign language.

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"The professors bring not only extensive real-world experience, but also live out their faith, caring deeply about the students, encouraging and mentoring them in their own journey."

In addition, as a Bible translator, I appreciated not only the ease at which I was able to combine Biblical, Greek, ICS, and linguistics classes, but also the close working relationship UNW has with SIL-UND, which made for a smooth, jump-started transition into my career with Wycliffe Bible Translators."

Catherine, alum who concentrated in linguistics