ANT4200EN - Language, Culture & Thought

Course description

Investigation of the relationship between language, thought, and belief systems. The course also examines a wide variety of cultures and evaluates how languages shape thought patterns and everyday communications.

How this course benefits students

Language and culture are interrelated concepts that influence our behaviors and daily communications. This course will provide different approaches and frameworks to analyze connections between the two and how the interconnections could simplify or complicate conversations across cultures.

Why this course is important

Language, culture, and thought function in our daily communications. Delivery of the Gospel message can be more successful in cross-cultural contexts when students learn the theoretical and scientific frameworks about how culture interacts with diverse environments, how culture influences our thought processes, and how it shapes our behavior and speech.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course examines language and culture as vehicles for communicating the messages of the gospel of Jesus Christs across diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, gender, race, and ethnicity.

Missionally driven

We reach people with the gospel as we better understand how their culture shapes their thoughts. This course provides tools and techniques to understand the relationship between language and culture and prepares learners for better understanding the people they serve.

Contextually informed

The course addresses the study of language and culture from diverse socioeconomic, gender, cultural, biblical, and theological contexts.

Interculturally focused

The course examines the patterns and modes of thoughts, language, and forms of communication cross-culturally.

Practically minded

The course focuses on practical case studies of how language and culture are related and how they influence human thoughts and behaviors in different contexts of culture. Learners will have opportunities to convert their knowledge into practice.

Experientially transformed

The course utilizes diverse teaching methodologies that encourage learners to change their knowledge into practice and develop experiences.