Applied Linguistics - Overview
What is applied linguistics?
Linguistics is the study of how language works, including grammar, word formation, and the rules of how words combine into phrases and sentences. Applied linguistics uses the theories learned in linguistics together with studies in anthropology, psychology, and education to address real world problems.
Why study linguistics at MACU?
Ultimately the goal of the Applied Linguistics program at MACU is to prepare students for the work of translation the Bible into the language of people groups speaking languages that are not yet written. Our program can get translators working on the field one to one and a half years sooner than traditional programs.
What kind of degree will I earn?
A Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major (Applied Linguistics and Biblical Studies) from MACU and a a Certificate in Applied Linguistics from GIAL.
What can I do with a degree in applied linguistics?
Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to work in Bible translation, anthropology, linguistics, or cross-cultural ministry. Graduates of the program will be considered by Pioneer Bible Translators (PBT) and SIL International to have met the minimum pre-field academic requirements for field services with these organizations.
Do I need to apply for admission to both colleges?
Yes. You will need to apply for admission to the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL) during your junior year at MACU. You can contact the GIAL admissions office at:
Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics
Enrollment in the applied linguistics program at MACU does not guarantee entrance into the applied linguistics program at GIAL. Students will receive separate acceptance at the two schools.