Applied Linguistics

Linguistics focuses on the study of language and all its aspects, including the diversity of language, its structure, how people learn language, and how they use it to communicate.  This degree focuses on the development of the skills and knowledge that are foundational for work in many diverse areas. The Applied Linguistics Major equips students for entry-level translation and literacy work, cross-cultural work, and for further studies in the interdisciplinary fields related to linguistics.  

Students in the Applied Linguistics major will benefit from Johnson’s accreditation, affordable tuition, and an experienced and engaged faculty dedicated to the spiritual formation and professional preparedness of each student. Both the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree coursework integrate a Bible & Theology Core and an Arts & Sciences Core.

Bachelor of Arts degrees usually include 12 or more credits of foreign language study, while Bachelor of Science degrees include additional Natural Science (like Biology and Science Concepts) and Social and Behavioral Science courses (like Psychology and Economics). Students also apply their theoretical knowledge in real-world settings through professional internships.

When students complete this program, they will be able to do the following:

  • Pursue further studies as Bible translators or literacy workers.
  • Articulate biblical, theological, and missiological foundations for their chosen ministry field.
  • Implement missional ministry within world contexts.
  • Pursue Christian formational growth conducive to cross-cultural ministry.

For a comprehensive list regarding student learning outcomes, see the catalog links below.

Professional Area Course Sampling
Encountering Cultures
Phonetics and Phonology
Grammatical Analysis
Introduction to Linguistics
Second Language & Culture Acquisition
Foundations in Linguistics

Bible and Theology Course Sampling
Orientation to the Old Testament I
Orientation to the Old Testament II
Orientation to the New Testament
Fundamentals of Christian Faith
Exegetical Methods
Old Testament Poetry/Wisdom or Prophets Selective
New Testament Epistles or Gospels Selective