Trinity Western University

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Department of Linguistics

Dr. Bonnie Henson, Co-chair
Dr. Philip Goertzen, Co-chair

The Department of Linguistics offers a major in Applied Linguistics, leading to a B.A. degree, as well as a concentration, certificate, and minor in Applied Linguistics and TESL.

Linguistics is the study of language and how it is used in any society in our global community. The courses teach the crucial skills needed for learning and describing languages, even those which are unwritten. These skills include the recognition and pronunciation of non-English speech sounds, alphabet formation, and description of grammars and systems of meaning and beliefs. Courses are based on proven techniques drawn from decades of research in hundreds of languages of the world.

Students of Linguistics have opportunities in the areas of translation, cross-cultural communication, international development (especially literacy programs), and teaching English as a second language.

The major is good preparation for the Master of Applied Linguistics and Exegesis program, offered through Trinity Western’s Graduate School of Theological Studies, and for the Master of Arts in Linguistics program, offered in Trinity Western’s School of Graduate Studies.

Program Checklists and Requirements:

Major in Applied Linguistics, B.A. Degree

TWU, in cooperation with the Canada Institute of Linguistics (CanIL), offers a concentration, certificate, and two minors in Applied Linguistics and TESL. To earn these, students may take some courses during the CanIL summer session. A minimum grade of C+ must be achieved in all required Linguistics courses.

Minor, Concentration and Certificate in Applied Linguistics

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