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Linguistics is the theoretical study of language. The B.A. in Linguistics is a common degree for students planning to earn graduate degrees and prepare for careers in speech therapy, Bible translation, law, research, and more. Bethel partners with the Summer Institute of Linguistics at the University of North Dakota (SIL-UND) to offer this degree. Students complete 3 years of coursework on Bethel’s campus and 2 summer programs at SIL-UND in Grand Forks, N.D.

Why should I study linguistics?

Language and communication are vital parts of our human interaction. Studying linguistics is about understanding the role that language plays in our communication. This study lays the foundation for the specialized fields of language acquisition, socio-linguistic studies, translation, and more. This major is perfect for students fascinated by languages and communication in general.

What can I do with this degree?

Our graduates frequently move on to graduate degrees in pursuit of careers in:

  • Speech therapy
  • Translation, including Bible translation
  • Law
  • Language acquisition
  • Deeper study of a particular language

What skills will I develop?

  • Analysis and research methodology
  • Understand the role of language in communication and development
  • Impact of language within cultures and societies
  • Introductory study in at least three languages
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • History of languages
  • Public speaking and presentation

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

  • This program is completed in partnership with SIL-UND in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the organization that trains Wycliffe Bible translators and missionaries. The program requires two summers of courses completed on-campus at SIL-UND.
  • With two summers of courses taken at SIL-UND and the smaller credit requirements, this major offers flexibility to pair with another major, or easily finish the degree in less than four years.
  • TA or tutor for linguistics in the department

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