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Degree Overview

You can learn the basic mechanics of language anywhere. Here at Calvin, you’ll explore every nook and cranny of human communication. In classes that are intentional about faith and learning, you will discover how language defines us, inspires us, and restores us. These insights can lead to careers in everything from politics to international business to speech pathology.

As a linguistics major, you’ll learn from internationally recognized scholars. Together, you can identify your career goals and discover classes, internships, and opportunities that will prepare you. You might edit Calvin’s student-led creative journal, study abroad in Britain or Ghana, or engage with leading thinkers at our renowned Festival of Faith & Writing.

Program Distinctives

Learn from the best - Gain a deeper perspective on the beauty and nuance of language. Calvin faculty members are experts who actively practice their craft and publish in a variety of genres.
Skills that translate - At Calvin, you can connect your linguistics major to many other fields and interests. Our linguistics majors go on to graduate school and careers in disciplines ranging from medicine to library science to computer science.
Practical experience - Calvin’s linguistics program is centered around practical, career-building experiences. Through internships and a wide range of student organizations, you’ll build an impressive résumé well before you graduate.
Stretch your faith - Exploring the depths of human language will give you great insights into human behavior. But it will also give you a deeper appreciation for the Creator of language.

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If you’re interested in the mechanics of human speech, a linguistics major is an excellent path to a career in speech pathology and audiology. Learn more about Calvin’s speech pathology program.



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