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Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics
Center for Excellence in World Arts (CEWA)

Type of Program and Degrees Offered

MA in World Arts (Department of Applied Anthropology)
BA in International Studies with a minor in World Arts (College of International Service)

Other degrees at GIAL:

MA in Applied Linguistics
MA in Language and Culture Studies

[Note: 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. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500.]

Program Focus

CEWA’s faith-based, accredited program is rooted in research methodologies that have matured in the field of ethnomusicology but have extended in scope to engage with art forms of all kinds. We guide students in integrating their research and analysis skills with engagement in participatory, multi-arts-based community development.

Special Resources

GIAL's proximity to SIL International—a faith-based international Non-Governmental Organization—provides access to scholars in multiple disciplines with interests and practical field experience in world-wide locations. The International Museum of Cultures is also on campus.

Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology

Neil R. Coulter. Ph.D., Musicology-Ethnomusicology from Kent State University, 2007. Assistant Professor of World Arts, Department of Applied Anthropology.  Research Interests: Applied Ethnomusicology, Cross-cultural Issues, Emotion, Ethics, Ethnographic Writing, Fieldwork and Ethnography, Identity, Language and Music, Linguistic Analysis, Musicology, Performance Studies, Public Sector, Semiotics, Spirituality, Theory and Analysis, Tradition, Transcription and Notation, Transmission, Avant-Garde and Contemporary music, Christian music, Film music, Folk music, Instrumental music, Jazz, Religious and Sacred music, Traditional music, Western Art music, Americas: North America, Oceania and the Pacific Islands, Music shift, revitalization, Pacific, Papua New Guinea, saxophone

Robin P. Harris. PhD, Music (Ethnomusicology) from University of Georgia Athens (UGA), 2012. Assistant Professor of World Arts, Department of Applied Anthropology. Director, Center for Excellence in World Arts Research Interests: Siberian musics, Russia, Eurasia, Central Asia, epics, Applied Ethnomusicology, Post-colonial studies, Spirituality, Ethnographic Writing, Historical Studies, Identity, Language and Music, Music Education, Music shift, Notational Systems, Performance Studies, Religious and Sacred music, Revitalization, Ritual Studies, Transmission.

Affiliated Faculty

Brian Schrag. Ph.D., Ethnomusicology from University of California, Los Angeles, 2005. Adjunct Professor, Founder, Center for Excellence in World Arts. Research Interests: community arts therapy, applied ethnomusicology, central Africa, methodologies, ethnoarts, indigenous arts, arts-based development, linguistics, cognition.

General Program Statement

GIAL's Center for Excellence in World Arts (CEWA) prepares students to work cross-culturally alongside singers, musicians, actors, dancers, storytellers, and visual artists, researching the arts of their community. Using these insights, the student will be able to spark artistic creations with artists to respond to their community’s needs in health education, justice issues, community development, documentation and revitalization of language and arts, literacy, Bible translation, spiritual formation, worship expressions, and other areas. This program will interest people with artistic skills and sensibilities, curiosity about culture, a commitment to serious research, and a passion for vibrant creative expression in community.

Our commitment to long-term, research-based participatory development was first nurtured in SIL International, a faith-based non-governmental organization (NGO) and was integrated into the graduate level course offerings of GIAL in 2008. The World Arts program became an accredited Master of Arts degree in 2012, with a full range of course offerings and eventually developed a minor in World Arts for a BA in International Service. CEWA provides a collaborative space for GIAL to partner with schools and organizations (SIL and others) to develop best practices, resources, and strategies for arts and cross-cultural service, and to disseminate them through innovative courses, conferences, and artistic events.

The MA in World Arts is a 36-credit degree, requiring a mixture of on-campus, online, and intensive courses. The intensives are based online (for pre-reading and post-course assignments) but also require one or two weeks of on-campus study: Arts and Trauma Healing (winter) and Arts for a Better Future (summer).

Financial Support

In addition to very low tuition costs, GIAL has a work-study program available to students and some need-based scholarships.

Further Information

Robin P. Harris, PhD
GIAL’s Center for Excellence in World Arts
7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd.
Dallas, TX  75236

972-708-7510 (Office)
[for both graduate and undergraduate programs]

Program Website


The content for Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics was last updated February 24, 2015.

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