Linguistics Major

The major/minor in Linguistics supports and enhances a liberal arts education, in particular in its focus on the unity and interconnectedness of knowledge, as well as by its encouragement of interdisciplinary approaches to learning. It also opens up opportunities for exploring links between faith and knowledge, for example in the consideration of how God's revelation was "transmitted" through two different cultures and languages; also how modern Christian missionaries can more sensitively and effectively reach cultures--through their languages--by combining the detachment of  mere "data collection" with the emotional and spiritual involvement of sacrificial love as shown in I Corinthians 13.

Students majoring in a foreign language will naturally benefit from a minor or double major in Linguistics; also students majoring in Philosophy, English, Bible, History, the Classics minor, Sociology, Psychology, and Education.

Requirements for the Major in Linguistics

The linguistics major consists of 40 credits: 28 foundational credits in the main pillars of linguistics and 12 credits of elective courses. Students, especially those who are interested in Bible translation, may take some or all 12 elective credits through the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL); classes are chosen in consultation with the codirectors of the program.
Prerequisite: One year of language instruction at Gordon or its equivalent
Required Foundational courses (28 credits)
LIN200 Introduction to Linguistics
LIN301 Sociolinguistics 
LIN302 Semantics and Pragmatics
LIN303 Phonology and Phonetics
LIN304 Syntax and Morphology
LIN/ENG404 History of the English Language
LIN491 Seminar in Linguistics Topics

Electives (12 credits beyond core from below or Summer Institute of Linguistics)
BCM335 Biblical Hermeneutics
BCM304 Seminar: Greek Exegesis*
COM210 Perspectives on Communication in Culture
COM310 Contemporary Communication Theories
EDU225 Human Development
EDU300 Theories of Language Acquisition
EDU301 Methods of Second Language Teaching
EDU303 Teaching English as a Second Language Using Sheltered English  
EDU345 Introduction to Teaching Reading
ENG204 Grammar and Style
ENG360 Biblical Narrative
ENG371 Selected Topics**
ENG486 Poetics
FRE311, GER311 or SPN311 Advanced French, German or Spanish Syntax**
FRE371, GER371 or SPN371 Selected Topics**
FRE491, 492 Seminar in Quebec Studies I, II**
FRE493, 494 Seminar in African Studies I, II**
GER491, 492 Seminar in German Topics I, II**
HIS371 Selected Topics: Introduction to Syriac
LIN371 Topics in Linguistics  
PHI310 Language and Interpretation
PSY342 Cognitive Psychology
SPN491, 492 Seminar in Spanish Topics I, II**
SPN493, 494 Seminar in Latin American Topics I, II**

*Prerequisite: Three semesters of Greek (BCM201, 202 and 303)
** Prerequisite: Permission by program coordinators. The topic of the class must have a clear emphasis on linguistics (e.g. language history, issues of language policy, sociolinguistics, etc.)


Electives at the Summer Institute of Linguistics
Students, especially those who are interested in Bible translation, may take some or all 12 elective credits through the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL); classes are chosen in consultation with the co-directors of the program)

Ling 480 Second Language Acquisition Theory and Practice (3)
Ling 455 Special Topics: Phonetics of Signed Languages (2)
Ling 460  Ethnographic Methods in Field Linguistics [Ethnographic Methods] (3)
Ling 506 Field Methods (3)
Ling 530 Introduction to Writing Systems (3)
Ling 504 Advanced Syntax [Grammar II] (3)
Ling 505 Typology and Discourse [Grammar II] (3)
Ling 511 Translation of Texts: Theory and Practice [Translation I] (3)
Ling 519 Introduction to Literacy Principles (3)
Ling 507 Special Topics: Tone (3)
Ling 507 Special Topics: Language and Dialect Survey Lab (1-2)
Ling 520 Community-based Literacy (3)
Ling 521 Literacy Program Planning and Management (3)
Ling 522 Materials and Methods in Literacy (3)
Ling 530 Introduction to Writing Systems (3)
Ling 507 Special Topics: Sociolinguistics of Signed Languages (2)
Ling 455 Special Topics: Phonetics of Signed Languages (2)
Ling 507 Special Topics: Phonology of Signed Languages (2 
Ling 507 Special Topics: Morphosyntax of Signed Languages (2)
Ling 507 Special Topics: Technological Tools for Signed Language Research (2)

 

Requirements for the Minor in Linguistics (20 credits)
LIN200 Introduction to Linguistics
Four of the following courses:
LIN301 Sociolinguistics
LIN302 Semantics and Pragmatics
LIN303 Phonology and Phonetics
LIN304 Syntax and Morphology
LIN/ENG404 History of the English Language