As people living in community, we rely on solid communication to express our feelings, needs and wishes to those around us. Linguists study human language and the relationship between words and cultures.

Overview

This interdisciplinary program will acquaint you with how culture affects language development and use, issues regarding language change, and technical knowledge of syntax and phonetics. You'll take courses in sociolinguistics, stylistics, phonetics and the history of the English language, as well as a number of literature courses. The linguistics program also includes at least one internship experience.

Careers in English - Linguistics

  • ESL teacher
  • computational linguist
  • Bible translator
  • government linguist
  • speech therapist

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Student involvement

Study abroad in England, Hungary, Ghana or New England; participate in biannual, department-wide retreats; write or help to coordinate Chimes or Dialogue; attend the Festival of Faith and Writing; volunteer to help out with the Festivals of Youth Writing.

Course Requirements 2013-14

Linguistics major

(37-38 semester hours)

  • ENGL-295 Introduction to Studies in English (prerequisite for all 300-level literature courses)
  • ENGL-370 Linguistics
  • ENGL-371 History of the English Language
  • ENGL-372 Sociolinguistics and Issues in Language Education
  • ENGL-373 Stylistics and Discourse Analysis
  • One course from:
  • Two courses from: (at least one literature course)
  • SPAUD-216 Phonetics
  • One course from:
    • CLAS-242 Biological and Medical Vocabulary from Greek and Latin
    • CAS-231 Global Media
    • CAS-238 Theory and Communication
    • CAS-240 Group Communication
    • CAS-253 Intercultural Communication
    • CAS-260 Interpersonal Communication
    • CAS-305 Persuasion and Propaganda
    • CAS-311 Child Language Development
    • CAS-327 Rhetorical Criticism
    • CAS-352 Communication Ethics
    • CAS-384 Phonological Disorders
    • CHIN-302 Advanced Chinese Language II
    • DUTC-309 Netherlandic Civilization
    • FREN-302 Advanced Grammar
    • FREN-372 French Linguistics
    • GERM-302 German Culture & Intercultural Studies
    • GEOG-320 Introduction to Cultural Geography
    • IDIS-301 Introduction to Bilingual and ESL Education
    • IDIS-302 Bilingual and ESL for Secondary Teachers
    • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World-Languages Pedagogy
    • IDIS-357 Introduction to Secondary World-Languages Pedagogy
    • JAPN-302 Advanced Japanese Lang II
    • PHIL-173 Introduction to Symbolic Logic
    • PHIL-375 Philosophical Anthropology
    • PHIL-378 Philosophy of Language and Interpretation
    • PHIL-381 Advanced Logic
    • PSYC-201 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
    • PSYC-208 Developmental Psychology I: Child
    • PSYC-333 Brain and Behavior
    • PSYC-334 Cognitive Psychology
    • REL-307 Interpreting the Bible
    • SOC-153 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    • SOC-253 Intercultural Communication
    • SPAN-301 Advanced Grammar, Composition, and Conversation I
    • SPAN-302 Advanced Grammar, Composition, and Conversation II
    • SPAN-310 Hispanic Culture in the United States
    • SPAN-340 Spanish Phonology and Dialectology
    • SPAN-341 Advanced Spanish Syntax and Sociolinguistics
    • SPAN-370 Advanced Cultural Topics
    • SPAUD-210 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech, Hearing and Language Mechanisms
    • SPAUD-212 Speech and Hearing Science
    • SPAUD-215 Introduction to Speech Pathology and Audiology
    • SPAUD-311 Child Language Development
    • SPAUD-361 American Sign Language I
    • SPAUD-384 Speech Sound Disorders - Lifespan
    • SPAUD-387 Neurogenic Disorders
    • or another cognate or English elective approved by advisor
  • One course from:
  • ENGL-395 Senior Seminar

Only one interim may count toward the major

Linguistics minor

(21 semester hours)

  • ENGL-370 Linguitics
  • ENGL-371 History of the English Language
  • CAS-140 Communications and Culture
  • SPAUD-216 Phonetics
  • Three electives chosen in consultation with advisor

Only one interim may count toward the minor

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Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Edna Greenway Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • financial need not required; submit an essay on how to integrate faith into teaching Spanish
  • apply through the Spanish department
George G. Harper Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; U.S. African American minority student
  • automatic consideration
Winifred Holkeboer Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required
  • apply through the English department
John and Alma Hoogland English Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • sophomore
  • financial need considered; secondary education; English major
  • apply through the English department
Kenneth and Lillian Kuiper Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need considered
  • apply through the English department
Helen Hoogland Meulink Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • financial need required; secondary education; preference to an English major
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
William and Matilda Monsma Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to students from the South Chicago area
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Schemper-Kamp Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; demonstrate a Christian perspective in writing
  • apply through the English department
Henrietta Ten Harmsel English Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,800
  • sophomore or junior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; show an enthusiasm and love for reading and writing
  • apply through the English department
Richard R. and Kathleen J. Tiemersma Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the English department
Steve J. and Viola Van Der Weele Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,950
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; interest in English language and literature; demonstrate an ability to integrate faith and learning
  • apply through the English department
William E. and Margaret J. Van Wienen Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • junior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; have an interest and be active in community involvement projects
  • apply through the English department
Clarence and Janice Walhout Scholarship
Henry and Mildred Zylstra Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,400
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.5+
  • financial need considered; planning to attend graduate school in literature or language within five years following graduation
  • apply through the English department
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Faculty

Karen Saupe

Karen Saupe
Co-Director of RAC Program, Professor
Department of English
CFAC 294
ksaupe@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6467

James Vanden Bosch

James Vanden Bosch
Professor
Department of English
CFAC 292
vand@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6592

Elizabeth Vander Lei

Elizabeth Vander Lei
Professor
department co-chair
Department of English
CFAC 273
bvlei@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6434

Talk to us

Elizabeth Vander Lei Elizabeth Vander Lei
Department Co-Chair
department co-chair
Department of English
CFAC 273
bvlei@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6434

Dean Ward Dean Ward
Department Co-Chair
Department of English
CFAC 269
ward@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6139

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