Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics

The name Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics once represented the entire university. When the name changed to Dallas International University in 2018, GIAL came to represent the original departments: Applied Anthropology and Applied Linguistics.

The Graduate Institute of Applied linguistics offers both undergraduate and graduate programs for students interested in linguistics and language development.  Our alumni work as linguists, translators, language surveyors, scripture engagement consultants, literacy workers, anthropologists, and other roles that involve crossing language and culture barriers.

Applied Anthropology Department

The Applied Anthropology department offers introductory and advanced courses in a variety of fields including literacy, language and culture acquisition, sociolinguistics, language survey, scripture engagement, cross-cultural service and more.  Our alumni often serve internationally as specialists and consultants in their field.

What is Applied Anthropology? Anthropology is the scientific study of societies and cultures around the world. We focus not just on one culture at a time but expose students to a wide variety of cultures and challenge students to examine how they interact with each other. Our course and program offerings are “applied” as they prepare students for hands-on research and fieldwork in any language or culture worldwide.  More than just analyzing the culture they visit, we train our alumni to engage and communicate effectively across language and culture boundaries.

Applied Linguistics Department

The Applied Linguistics Department offers introductory and advanced courses in linguistics, biblical languages, and translation. Our alumni often serve internationally as specialists and consultants in their field. Many work among minority language communities with the specialized training that they receive.

What is Applied Linguistics? Linguistics is the scientific study of language and it can be quite different from basic language learning.  A linguist looks at the structure of a language (word order, affixes, etc.), the sound systems (phonetics, phonology), as well as the meaning of words, phrases, and longer texts (semantics, discourse).  Our course and program offerings are “applied” as they prepare students for hands-on research and fieldwork in any language worldwide.

Discover if GIAL is Right for You

We invite you to come visit Dallas International University and explore your opportunities here! 

Learn more about the different graduate and undergraduate programs and courses available through the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you have about Dallas International or GIAL.