Major in Linguistics (B.A.)
Courses at Bethel
LIN210ZIntroduction to Second Language Acquisition 13
LIN300Introduction to Linguistics3
ANT200UIntroduction to Anthropology 13
SCS350
Choose 5-6 from the following World Languages courses: 219-20
Introductory American Sign Language I
Introductory American Sign Language II 1
Introductory Chinese I
Introductory Chinese II 1
Introductory French I
Introductory French II 1
Introductory Biblical Greek I
Introductory Biblical Greek II 1
Readings in New Testament Greek
Introductory Biblical Hebrew I
Introductory Biblical Hebrew II 1
Introductory Latin I
Introductory Latin II 1
Introductory Spanish I
Introductory Spanish II 1
Intermediate Spanish I
Courses at SIL-UND
Courses taken first summer at SIL-UND 3
LING450Articulatory Phonetics2
LING452Syntax and Morphology I3
LING470Introduction to Sociolinguistics2
LING480Learner-Directed Second Language Acquisition3
Courses taken second summer at SIL-UND
LING451Phonology I3
LING451Phonology I3
LING510Semantics and Pragmatics3
Major51-52
General Education49-50
Electives22-24
Total Credits122-126
1

 This course meets a General Education requirement. 

2

Five (5) semesters of study in two or three languages other than English, including at least one Indo-European language and at least one non-Indo-European language. One of the two languages of study may be taken at the 201 level or higher. Bethel currently offers classes in two non-Indo-European languages: Chinese and Hebrew. 

3

Students attend classes at SIL-UND in Grand Forks, N.D., during the summers after their sophomore and junior years at Bethel University.

The major in linguistics is offered in collaboration with the Summer Institute of Linguistics–University of North Dakota (SIL-UND), the organization that provides training in linguistics for Wycliffe translators and missionaries. Three years of coursework are completed on campus and two summers at SIL-UND in Grand Forks, N.D.

B.A. in Linguistics 2016-2017: Option 1 - CWILT

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits 
1st World Language (101 level) 4Mathematics (M) course 31st World Language (102 level) 4 
GES106  GES110  
BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3 GES130 Christianity Western Culture4 
GES125 Introduction to the Creative Arts4 Nature of Persons (N) course 3 
Elective 3 PEA100  
 14 3 11 
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
2nd World Language (101 level) 4THE201 Christian Theology32nd World Language (102 level) 4Summer 1 (Sophomore status or above ) University of North Dakota2
1st World Language (201 level) or 3rd World Language (101 level at 4 credits) 3-4 LIN210Z Introduction to Second Language Acquisition3Ling450 Articulatory Phonetics 2
ANT200U Introduction to Anthropology3 SCS350 Ling452 Syntax and Morphology I 3
LIN300 Introduction to Linguistics3 Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course 3Ling470 Introduction to Sociolinguistics 2
Elective 3 Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1Ling480 Learner-Directed Second Language Acquisition 3
  Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3 
 16-17 3 11-14 10
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
Comparative Systems (G) course 3Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3Summer 2 (Junior status or above) University of North Dakota 2
Laboratory Science (D) course 4 Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3Ling451 Phonology I 3
Electives 9 Electives 11Ling506 Field Methods 3
   Ling510 Semantics & Pragmatics 3
 16 3 17 9
Total Credits: 113-117
1

This program requires 5 semesters of study in two languages other than English, divided between an non-Indo European language and an Indo-European languages. One of the two languages of study is taken to the 201 level. Students are encouraged to pursue language study in a third language. 

2

The major in linguistics is offered in collaboration with the Summer Institute of Linguistics - University of North Dakota (SIL-UND), the organization that provides training in linguistics for Wycliffe translators and missionaries. Three years of coursework are completed on campus and two summers at SIL-UND in Grand Forks (the summers after their sophomore and junior years at Bethel University). 

3

Students are encouraged to have an extended immersion experience abroad in a foreign country where their native language is not the primary language. 

This program assumes the student will use ANT 200U to meet the General Education World Cultures (U) requirement. All language courses 102 level and higher will meet the Second Language General Education requirement. 

If a student continues a language in which they have previous experience, the placement exam determines which class is appropriate for their level of language competency. The student takes this class during their first semester at Bethel. 

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit load falls below 15 credits/semester. (Interim credits may be split between fall and spring for state grant purposes only.)

Check with the Financial Planning Office to see if any aid is available for summers at SIL-UND.

B.A. in Linguistics 2016-2017: Option 2 - Humanities

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits 
1st World Language (101 level) 4GES147 Humanities II: Renaissance and Reformation41st World Language (102 level) 4 
GES106  Mathematics (M) course 3 
BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3 GES244 Humanities III: European Enlightenment and American Culture to 18774 
GES145 Humanities I: Greco-Roman through Middle Ages4 Nature of Persons (N) course 3 
Elective 3 PEA100  
 14 4 14 
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
2nd World Language (101 level) 4Elective 32nd World Language (102 level) 4Summer 1 (Sophomore status or above ) University of North Dakota2
1st World Language (201 level) or 3rd World Language (101 level at 4 credits) 3-4 LIN210Z Introduction to Second Language Acquisition3Ling450 Articulatory Phonetics 2
LIN300 Introduction to Linguistics3 SCS350 Ling452 Syntax and Morphology I 3
GES246 Humanities IV: Modern and Contemporary Western Culture4 ANT200U Introduction to Anthropology3Ling470 Introduction to Sociolinguistics 2
  Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1Ling480 Learner-Directed Second Language Acquisition 3
  Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3 
 14-15 3 11-14 10
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
Comparative Systems (G) course 3Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3Summer 2 (Junior status or above) University of North Dakota 2
Laboratory Science (D) course 4 Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3Ling451 Phonology I 3
Electives 10 Electives 11Ling506 Field Methods 3
   Ling510 Semantics & Pragmatics 3
 17 3 17 9
Total Credits: 116-120
1

This program requires 5 semesters of study in two languages other than English, divided between an non-Indo European language and an Indo-European languages. One of the two languages of study is taken to the 201 level. Students are encouraged to pursue language study in a third language. 

2

The major in linguistics is offered in collaboration with the Summer Institute of Linguistics - University of North Dakota (SIL-UND), the organization that provides training in linguistics for Wycliffe translators and missionaries. Three years of coursework are completed on campus and two summers at SIL-UND in Grand Forks (the summers after their sophomore and junior years at Bethel University). 

3

Students are encouraged to have an extended immersion experience abroad in a foreign country where their native language is not the primary language. 

This program assumes the student will use ANT 200U to meet the General Education World Cultures (U) requirement. All language courses 102 level and higher will meet the Second Language General Education requirement. 

If a student continues a language in which they have previous experience, the placement exam determines which class is appropriate for their level of language competency. The student takes this class during their first semester at Bethel. 

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit load falls below 15 credits/semester. (Interim credits may be split between fall and spring for state grant purposes only.)

Check with the Financial Planning Office to see if any aid is available for summers at SIL-UND.

Overview

The Ministry Scholars program is Bethel University's 5-year Bachelor's Degree and Master of Arts in Ministry program that reduces cost and time-to-completion by streamlining undergraduate and graduate education. Graduates receive a Bachelor's degree from Bethel University's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and a Master of Arts in Ministry from Bethel Seminary. This program is well suited for a variety of majors who want to become equipped to lead churches, parachurch organizations, and other ministries. It is also a good fit for ministry-minded students who want to pursue bi-vocational ministry or work outside of professional ministry. Students learn from successful ministry leaders and experts in Biblical and Theological Studies, Spiritual and Personal Formation, and Transformational Leadership. This program offers supplemental training resources, cohort-based activities, and mentorship opportunities to prepare ministry-minded students for effective ministry leadership. Students also gain valuable field experience in local churches and ministry settings.

The objectives of the program are that graduates will demonstrate age-appropriate growth and ultimately ministry leadership preparedness in the following domains:

  1. Spiritual life: Students will grow spiritually, deepening their love for, commitment to, and dependence on God, and develop an instinct to trust in God and to connect intimately with God.
  2. Discernment of call: They will clarify and reaffirm their sense of calling to glorify God, to work in Christ’s church and to serve humanity sacrificially.
  3. Emotional maturity: They will become emotionally mature adults, possessing the ability to sense and manage emotions, to see others’ perspectives, to sympathize and empathize, to follow and lead as appropriate and to foster healthy relationships.
  4. Cultural competence: They will become culturally aware, gaining a perspective that all cultures possess strengths and vulnerabilities, an ability to work across cultural lines and an appreciation that diverse teams are stronger teams.
  5. Bible knowledge: They will gain a clear understanding of the Bible’s content and a deep and abiding passion for the truth of the Gospel.
  6. Spiritual wisdom: They will grow in wisdom, possessing a capacity to apply the Bible so that others are inspired by their teaching and preaching to live out biblical truth and experience human flourishing.
  7. Intellectual virtues: They will develop virtues such as critical thinking, respect for data, intellectual humility, and thirst for learning, combined with the skill to interpret and teach the Bible accurately.
  8. Leadership capacity: They will learn to follow leaders and to lead followers—enlisting people, building teams, leading change and achieving results.
  9. Godly character: They will become virtuous people—individuals who love others, speak truth, live humbly, sacrifice their own interests, live justly, express joy and show compassion.

What is Bethel looking for in a Ministry Scholar?

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA (cumulative college grade point average or unweighted high school GPA if the student has less than one year of college experience), and maintenance of 3.0 minimum GPA throughout the duration of the Ministry Scholars program while enrolled at CAS and Seminary.

  • Able to provide a pastoral or ministry leader reference that speaks to the student’s character and call to ministry.

  • Committed to prioritizing activities and retreats offered for Ministry Scholars, enabling the individual to develop a strong sense of community.

Click here for more information on the Ministry Scholars program at Bethel University