The Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics offers specialized training that is unlike many other colleges and institutions. Our experienced faculty offer training in the fields of linguistics, language & culture learning, anthropology, literacy, translation, world arts, Islamic studies, and international service. Our 1300+ alumni are using this training to make an impact around the world!
- 579 combined years of field service
- 48 countries of service
- 50 languages spoken
- 552 publications produced
Many students are surprised to come on campus and find themselves asked to call their professors by their first name. Our faculty are some of the most experienced in their field, but they believe that each student is a future colleague.
“The GIAL faculty members bring a wide range of practical field experience to share in the classroom, in addition to their academic expertise acquired through advanced studies. This contributes to a superior education, built on a strong academic foundation and empowered by practical understanding of how languages work. Our faculty members are available to discuss with students the personal aspects of field work as well. You are cordially invited to join the adventure of learning to communicate better cross-culturally.”
David A. Ross, Ph.D. (GIAL President Emeritus)
- 1 BA degree program
- 4 MA majors with 13 different concentrations
- 10 cooperative programs with other Colleges & Seminaries
GIAL is best known for its Certificate and MA degree program in Applied Linguistics, training students for work in the areas of linguistics, translation, and cross-cultural service. However, our MA with a major in World Arts is growing rapidly with concentrations in Applied Arts, Arts & Islam, and Arts & Scripture Engagement. Our Applied Anthropology department also offers an MA with a major in Language and Culture Studies with a wide range of concentrations for students interested in Literacy, Islamic Worldviews, Language Survey, Sociolinguistics, and Scripture Engagement. The Abraham Center is proud to announce the launch of an MA with a major in Abrahamic Studies.
Undergraduate students are also a priority at GIAL! Our College of International Studies offers Junior and Senior level courses for a BA with a major in International Service and minors in Linguistics, World Arts, or Cross-cultural Service.
Other schools are also partnering with GIAL to offer their students some of the benefits of the specialized training we offer. The offerings vary from a college requiring a semester at GIAL to complete a linguistics minor to a prestigious seminary offering a dual degree program. Visit our Degrees & Programs page to learn more.
“One of the greatest blessings of working on the field has been having the excellent practical training acquired from GIAL. One encouraging word the Choates would like to give current students is to give themselves time to get settled in the field. For us it took about 18 months. Only then were we able to go back and reboot so to speak, all the training we had received and could start the challenging and rewarding task of language and culture learning.”
Aaron Choate ’08 (Aaron & his wife, Joanna, work in the Solomon Islands with the Lavukal people)
- 75+ Countries of service
- 60+ Different service organizations
- 300+ Language communities
Our alumni are impacting communities around the world! They are translators, linguists, literacy workers, language surveyors, Scripture engagement consultants, ethnomusicologists, and cross-cultural workers in a variety of fields. They have used their GIAL training to serve with over 60 organizations in 75 different countries around the world.
“As a faculty member, I think of my former students with immense pride and joy because of their commitment, capability and depth. GIAL alumni are in high demand as advisors, trainers and leaders because they are already familiar with both real practical field issues and scholarly thinking in their domains. I would be glad to work with any GIAL alum that I know.”
T. Wayne Dye, Ph.D. (GIAL Faculty)
GIAL Mission Statement
The mission of the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, as an institution of higher education, is to provide training and research opportunities leading to degrees in applied linguistics, culture studies, and development of languages.
GIAL Expanded Mission
In fulfilling its mission, GIAL considers the following to be important ingredients:
- Graduates of GIAL degree programs will have acquired skills to learn another language and culture effectively.
- Graduates of GIAL degree programs will be equipped to participate with ethnic and linguistic communities in the accomplishment of language and culture related goals.
- Graduates of GIAL degree programs will have basic skills necessary to pass on knowledge and skills they have learned at GIAL to others in a cross-cultural environment.
Students who complete GIAL graduate programs will have attained a level of professional competence at the graduate level, allowing them to participate actively in scholarly activity and/or professional service in their area of study.
The Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award Baccalaureate and Masters Degrees.
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