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 February 3, 2020 for the MA program and January 6, 2020 for the PhD program. The graduate application portal for next year will open in September of 2019. The next opportunities for undergraduates to apply for the BA/MA program will be November 30, 2019 (for admission in Spring 2020) or April 20, 2020 (for admission in Fall 2020).

Undergraduate Linguistics Extravaganza !

Current and prospective undergraduate students of linguistics welcome!
Feel free to come to either or both parts of this event.

4:40-5:10: STUDY ABROAD opportunities -- featuring Linguistics students who have returned from studying in Auckland, Dresden, Grenoble, and Shanghai, with information about other BU Study Abroad programs, as well.

5:15-6:15 LINGUISTICS UNDERGRADUATE OPEN HOUSE -- Come find out about the Linguistics program; course offerings; the major and minor, as well as our joint majors combining Linguistics with other disciplines*; and the BU Linguistics Association, BULA.
Meet the Linguistics faculty and other students interested in languages and linguistics.

    *[We have joint majors with French; Spanish; Italian; Japanese; Computer Science; Philosophy; and Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences.]

This is also a Facebook event:

RSVP's [either here on Facebook or by email to linguistics] appreciated -- so we can have enough food and drink! -- but not required.

Click here for a printable flyer:

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

Check out our recent Newsletters

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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: Linguistics with Computer Science or Philosophy

It is now possible to combine the study of Linguistics with Computer Science or Philosophy. For more information, see:

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.: