Trinity Western University’s Department of Linguistics (offered through CanIL), in conjunction with the World Languages and Cultures (WLC) Department, offers a major in language and linguistics, leading to a BA degree. Students choose courses in linguistics and courses in one of the languages offered by the WLC Department: French, Spanish, or Chinese. Students complete a minor (24 s.h.) in either linguistics or the language of their choice and complete 18 s.h. in the other option, totalling 42 s.h. for the major. Students can choose to complete a minor in their second option by taking an additional 6 s.h. in that option as part of their general elective courses.
Pairing in-depth language and culture study with a solid grounding in linguistics is an excellent way for students to become language specialists, with the ability to understand the linguistic intricacies of their chosen language of study, and with the capacity to use their linguistic skills to study other languages as well. Students of language and linguistics have opportunities in the areas of translation, cross-cultural communication, international development, language documentation and revitalization, and speech-language pathology.
The BA in Language and Linguistics is good preparation for the Master of Arts in Linguistics program, offered through Trinity Western’s Faculty of Graduate Studies, or the Master of Arts in Linguistics and Translation program, offered through Trinity Western’s Graduate School of Theological Studies (ACTS Seminaries).