Calling all Linguistics alumni: Please take a few minutes for this
BU Linguistics alumni survey. Thanks so much!
There is now a brand new Department of Linguistics ! Previously a "program," Linguistics is now officially a department within the College of Arts & Sciences.

Linguistics Department News

Welcome -- or welcome back!

Linguistics Degree Programs

We offer Linguistics degree programs at the BA, MA, and PhD levels. You can view "undergraduate" vs. "graduate" information by selecting the appropriate button at the top of this page. If you have any questions about Linguistics at BU, don't hesitate to contact Prof. Carol Neidle, Chair of Linguistics. We offer:

We are also delighted to announce two new Graduate Certificate Programs in Linguistics, which will launch in September of 2019.

All of our undergraduate programs have corresponding Honors programs (see below). They are also very Hub-efficient," enabling students to fulfill many of the required Hub units.

The deadline has now passed for September 2019 admission to the MA or PhD program. The application deadlines for admission the MA and PhD programs in September 2020 will be early February and January 2020, respectively. The application portal for next year will open in September of 2018. The next opportunities for undergraduates to apply for the BA/MA program will be April 20, 2019 (for admission in Fall 2020 or November 30, 2020 (for admission in Spring 2021).

CAS Linguistics Facebook Page

Have a look: Become a fan! We welcome your suggestions about what else you would like to see there... Thanks!

BU undergraduate Linguistics Association

BULA also has a Facebook page: Events are open to the BU community, and if you'd like to help in planning future events, new BULA members are always welcome :-)
Sign up as a BULA member on orgsync: and sign up for the BULA email list:

Linguistics in relation to the brand new BU "Hub"

The Linguistics majors and minor offer wonderful options for students to fulfill Hub requirements as part of your major or minor ! The 12-course Linguistics major, for example, allows you to fulfill over half of the 26 Hub units. The 6-course Linguistics minor can fulfill 12 of the 26 required Hub units. For further details, please see or contact Prof. Neidle.

Fall 2019: Course Flyers and Complete Schedule

Explore our Gallery of Course Flyers for Fall 2019 !

For a listing of Linguistics courses for Fall 2019, see

For a listing of Linguistics courses for Spring 2020, see

Fall 2018 - Linguistics Colloquium Series

Click here for a COLLOQUIUM SCHEDULE -- with links to flyers for each that include abstracts

Congratulations to all our 2018 graduates !!

See lots of beautiful photos of the Linguistics Convocation Ceremony on our Facebook page:

We were honored to have Prof. Michel DeGraff (MIT) as our Convocation Speaker. Michel DeGraff, pictured here with civil rights leader, Congressman John Lewis (left), and Robert Brown, President of BU (right), at the University Commencement ceremony.

Check out our 2018 Newsletter

Intercollegiate joint major in Linguistics & Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Students in CAS or SAR can major in Linguistics & Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. For details of the new CAS major, see There is also a corresponding honors program.

Joint Majors in Linguistics & French/Italian/Japanese/Spanish

Brochures for the joint majors in French/Italian/Japanese/Spanish & Linguistics. You can print them out yourself (2-sided, flip short side) or stop by to pick one up from the entryway to 621 Commonwealth Ave.:,,

In addition to our joint majors in Linguistics & Philosophy (Hegis code: 1514), and Linguistics & Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, we are now pleased to be able to offer joint majors that combine the study of linguistics with that of language, literature, and culture. Here's some informationabout these majors (and the corresponding honors programs):

French & Linguistics (Hegis code: 1147)
Italian & Linguistics (Hegis code: 1148)
Japanese & Linguistics (Hegis code: 1149)
Spanish & Linguistics (Hegis code: 1150)

There is also the Linguistics major itself, of course (Hegis code 1505).

You can now change your major or minor declarations online:
Be sure to list all your majors and minors if you are making any kind of change.

For further information, contact Prof. Neidle.

Linguistics Honors Programs

If you plan to graduate between January 2020 and September 2020 (inclusive) and would like to enter the Honors program for Linguistics or one of the Linguistics joint majors as of September 2018, the deadline for receipt of applications is 9/10/2018. For details, see:

Dual BA/MA in Linguistics

There is also a dual degree BA/MA program in Linguistics: Prof. Neidle is available to provide further information and answer any questions you may have, and/or to help you plan your academic program.

MA in Linguistics

See this page for details of the LINGUISTICS MA program:

This program replaces the MA in Applied Linguistics. New applications will be accepted henceforth only for the new program.

Calling all Linguistics alumni !

    1) If you haven’t yet filled out our alumni survey, or would like to update your information, please click here:

    2) 2016 graduates are urged to complete the exit survey (link was sent by email; contact if you would like it resent).

    3) We’d also love to get an update from you for our Alumni Notes page:

Thanks so much !! Very best wishes from all of us...

Where are they now?

Are you interested to know what our Linguistics alumni are doing now? If so, please have a look at our Alumni Notes page, and have a look here. If you are one of our Linguistics alumni but have not yet filled out our alumni survey, or would like to update your information, please see below. To send an update for the Alumni Notes Page, please send email to Thank you so much!!

Note to current students: Many of our alumni have graciously offered to connect with current students interested in their career path. If you would like to be put in contact with someone in your area of interest, please discuss this with your advisor or with Prof. Neidle.

Alumni Notes/News

See our Alumni Notes page. Please let us know what you're up to. Send your news and photos. We'd love to hear from you :-)

BU was host to Speech Prosody 2016: May 31-June 4

Speech Prosody is the only recurring international conference focused on prosody as an organizing principle for the social, psychological, linguistic, and technological aspects of spoken language. Past conferences in Aix-en-Provence, Nara, Dresden, Campinas, Chicago, Shanghai and Dublin have each attracted 300-400 delegates, including experts in the fields of Linguistics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Speech and Hearing Science, Psychology, and related disciplines.

See the Speech Prosody 2016 home page. The conference was organized by Jonathan Barnes (Boston University), Nanette Veilleux (Simmons College), Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Alejna Brugos (Boston University PhD 2015), with the participation of BU students. Pictures from the conference are available from the BU Linguistics Facebook page.

Two recent Linguistics graduates, now Assistant Professors at the U. of Oregon and George Mason U., collaborating on research on differences in prosody of native and non-native speakers of English, were among the conference participants!
See a picture of them with their poster :-)

Video records of recent Linguistics presentations

Have you missed one of our recent invited lectures? Members of the BU community can watch the video and follow along with the slides :-)

Follow BU Linguistics on Twitter