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Linguistics Courses

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.


The linguistics major consists of 40 credits: 28 foundational credits in the main pillars of linguistics and 12 credits of electives. 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)

    Electives (12 credits)

    Twelve credits beyond the core from below or Summer Institute of Linguistics.

    Students may not get credit for both EDU 300 and PSY 270 .


    * Prerequisite: Three semesters of Greek (BCM 201, BCM 202, BCM 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.).