GIAL offers specialized programs at the upper undergraduate (junior & senior) level and the graduate level. Although we are best known for our MA programs, GIAL is proud to offer a BA degree through our College of International Studies. Full details about each program can be viewed online by clicking the title of the program or by referencing our current catalog. Program objectives and student achievement statistics can be viewed in our Student Success report.
The 121-122 ush BA degree program has a required major in International Service which is basic preparation for cross-cultural or international service. Students are required to choose one of four minors and/or certificates: Linguistics, World Arts, Cross-cultural Service, or TESOL .
Several schools partner with GIAL to offer specialized programs to their students, such as a minor in linguistics. While programs vary from school to school, most require at least one semester of courses at GIAL. Partner Colleges & Universities: Calvary University, Dallas Baptist University, Johnson University, Mid-Atlantic Christian University, St. Louis Christian College
The Certificate in TESOL equips students to teach English to speakers of other languages anywhere in the world as a certified TESOL instructor. The TESOL Certificate is a 6-course, 20-week program.
The Certificate in Linguistics serves as a minor in the BA-IS degree program. The certificate is designed to provide basic training necessary to learn a minority language. The BA-IS Certificate in Linguistics covers principles basic to all languages and cultures globally and prepares a student to learn and work in any language written or unwritten and described or undescribed.
The Certificate in Applied Linguistics is a 27 credit hour program that gives students a strong foundation in language learning and linguistic analysis. Many graduate students begin their studies at GIAL with the certificate program before starting the MA degree.
This 15 credit certificate program prepares students to comprehend 21st century Islamic thought and practices by providing a basic understanding of Islamic cultures, history, and religion.
This 12 credit certificate program provides training to help students tackle the cultural barriers that hinder teamwork in a multicultural setting.
The MA with a major in Abrahamic Studies prepares students to serve cross-culturally in and with the Abrahamic communities of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Concentrations: Islamic Worldviews, Abrahamic Worldview (student crafted)
The MA with a major in Applied Linguistics is one of the leading programs for minority language Bible translation. Our graduates are prepared to tackle many of the linguistic challenges that face translators and language workers around the world. Concentrations: Bible Translation, Cross-Cultural Service, Descriptive Linguistics
The MA with a major in Language & Culture Studies provides students with the skills needed to fill specialist cross-cultural roles (according to their concentration). Graduates are prepared to facilitate and implement programs for mother-tongue literacy, multilingual education, sociolinguistic research, Scripture engagement, and other community development activities.
Concentrations: Islamic Worldviews, Literacy, Scripture Engagement, Sociolinguistics
The MA with a major in World Arts prepares students to work cross-culturally alongside singers, musicians, actors, dancers, storytellers, and visual artists, researching the arts of their community. Concentrations: Applied Arts, Arts & Islam, Arts & Scripture Engagement, Linguistics
Several Seminaries offer special programs in partnership with GIAL. Programs vary by institution but most include at least one year of coursework at GIAL. Partner Seminaries: Calvary University, Dallas Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary