The Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL), located on the International Linguistics Center (ILC) in Dallas, TX, was founded March 31, 1998. It has a rich history dating back to 1972 when Texas SIL classes commenced on the ILC campus. When SIL decided to seek accreditation for this training, it discovered that a new and separate institution would be required. Thus, the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics was formed.
In the fall of 1999, GIAL opened its doors to students for the first time, offering graduate degrees in Applied Linguistics and Language Development, under a license from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The first graduates received their degrees the following June 2000. In 2003, GIAL became a candidate for accreditation with the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award masters degrees and in December 2005, GIAL received initial accreditation. This accreditation was reaffirmed in 2010 for a ten-year period.
GIAL offers two certificates and masters degrees in three majors: an undergraduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics, a Graduate Certificate in Multicultural Teamwork, and Master of Arts degrees with majors in Applied Linguistics, Language and Culture Studies or World Arts. Concentrations within these majors include Bible Translation, Descriptive Linguistics, Cross-Cultural Service, Literacy, Sociolinguistics, Language Survey, and Scripture Engagement.
GIAL is proud of its highly qualified faculty, most of whom have performed extensive fieldwork in the areas in which they are teaching as well as having terminal degrees. Additionally, GIAL’s location on the ILC campus provides students with countless opportunities to talk with and learn from a wide variety of people who have extensive experience in linguistics and language development. The ILC also serves as an administrative center for SIL International, Pioneer Bible Translators, and the Wycliffe Global Alliance. The constant influx of experienced field personnel from around the world makes GIAL an ideal place to expand one’s horizons. You may meet these people in the computer lab, library or dining room, in a classroom or even in informal situations.