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B.A. in LinguisticsExpanding How I
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Understanding languages can bridge cultural borders. The study of linguistics is crucial to understanding our origins and how we are all connected. As a linguistics major at Cornerstone University, you will gain a critical understanding of communication, the origin of languages and the sounds, letters and words that create meaning.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Minor


  • On Campus
  • Residential


  • Grand Rapids

Degree Plan


Cornerstone has partnered with national organizations that look for industrious students eager to gain insight into a career in linguistics. As a linguistics student, you’ll receive resume-ready experience with one of our partners.


  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
  • Kent County Literacy Council
  • Wycliffe Bible Translators


Graduates from the linguistics program are prepared with an acute understanding of language and intense attention to detail. Linguistics alumni find themselves in critical roles in editing, publishing, translating and more.


  • Editor
  • Interpreter
  • Technical writer
  • Translator


Of Humanities Division students from the class of 2019 were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.


Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.


Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences.

Program Features

The linguistics program at Cornerstone is designed to inspire your intellect, deepen your character and prepare you to lead in your career with influence and wisdom.

Off-Campus Study Opportunities

As a Humanities Division student, you will have the opportunity to study abroad in places such as Ireland, Ecuador, France, Italy, Kosovo, Oxford, South Africa and Spain.

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Humanities Division Annual Seminar

The Humanities Division provides students from all academic divisions with an annual seminar to discuss topics such as an era of poetry or influential thinkers. This seminar experience also includes an opportunity to study abroad in Oxford, England.

TESOL 4+1 Program

As an undergraduate student at Cornerstone, you can take advantage of our TESOL 4+1 program. This allows you to graduate with an undergraduate degree and a Master of Arts in TESOL degree with only one extra year of classes at Cornerstone.

The linguistics program at Cornerstone is broadening my view of God’s creation. Through examining how language works, I am amazed at the variety of ways it can manifest itself, how it changes over time and how it has the ability to precisely express the human heart and mind.

Jenna Sawyers (’22)


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Related Programs

The Humanities Division offers a wide range of majors that can be tailored to your interests. Check out other programs related to linguistics.

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