Linguistics Concentration

Bachelor of Arts

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 non-western languages: you’ll eat meals, play volleybal,l 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.

What students are saying:

"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 journeys."


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


Linguistics Minor

Linguistics is also available in a minor.


Call or email us with questions about linguistics:

Lynae Wingate
Office Coordinator