Applied Linguistics - Overview

The Need

The challenge is great; the need is greater!

Perhaps the most academically challenging program of study at MACU is the BA in Applied Linguistics. The course of study includes biblical languages plus a very rigorous course of study at GIAL in Dallas.

But consider what was told to one of our students, Johnny Scott, during an internship trip to Papua New Guinea (PNG). Johnny, long interested in cross cultural mission work, was trying to decide about going into Bible translation. Martha Wade, a Bible translator for Pioneer Bible Translators at PNG, told him, "Few people can be translators. If you can do it, you really ought to."

MACU invites you to find out if God has gifted you to serve in His Kingdom in this special way. More than 2,200 language communities still do not have true access to even one verse of Scripture. Can you help them?

Follow the links to learn about the specifics of the
BA: Applied Linguistics and Biblical Studies
Learning Outcomes and Overview of the Degree
Course Schedule and Checklist
School of Undergraduate Studies Catalog


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Linguistics Study

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
7500 W. Camp Wisdom Road
Dallas, TX 75236
Phone: 800-892-3356

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.

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