Why Linguistics?

TWU offers diverse and thought provoking courses and experiences to arm students with the skills and know how to make a contribution on the international stage.

Why Linguistics?

TWU offers diverse and thought provoking courses and experiences to arm students with the skills and know how to make a contribution on the international stage.

Linguistics is the study of language and how it is used in any society in the world. 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 the 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 pursue vocations in the areas of translation, cross-cultural communication, international development (especially literacy programs), speech language pathology, and teaching English to speakers of other languages.

The major provides a strong foundation 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 Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Degrees

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Minor
Concentration

Important Dates

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Financial Aid

Investing in your future may require some help along the way. We offer merit and need-based awards to help offset the cost of tuition. Planning early is key and we are here to help get you started.

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Admission Requirements

The admissions process at TWU is designed to be simple and convenient. Once we receive your application and transcripts, you will be contacted by your admissions counsellor within two weeks on your admittance.

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TESL Certificate

A TESL certificate gives students a globally recognized program that will prepare them to teach English internationally or in Canada.

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Careers in Linguistics

Education in linguistics can be used in a variety of careers both on the mission field and the workplace, including:

  • Translator
  • Computational Linguist
  • Dialect Coach
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Teacher of ESL
  • Neurolinguist
  • Psycholinguist
  • Lexicographer

Faculty Profiles

Sean Allison, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & M.A. Linguistics Program Director

Wanda Davies, M.A.

Instructor in Linguistics

Bill Gardner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Lori Gardner, M.A.

Instructor in Linguistics

James Hafford, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Larry Hayashi, M.A.

Instructor in Linguistics

David Jeffery, M.A.

Director of Academic Affairs at Canada Institute of Linguistics, Instructor in Linguistics, Department Coordinator

Leigh Labrecque, M.A., M.L.E.

Instructor in Linguistics

Randy Lebold, M.L.E.

Assistant Professor
Steve Nicolle

Steve Nicolle, D.Phil.

Associate Professor, Program Director for MLE

Doug Trick, D.Min.

Associate Professor & M.L.E. Program Director