Joint major in French & Linguistics
You can download a printable version of the requirements for the joint majors combining linguistics with French, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish; information about the Honors programs is included here.
NEW! For a brochure with an overview of the French & Linguistics major, download this file: http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/UG/joint/FrenLx.pdf (print it out 2-sided; flip on short side).
Note that the honors program is not described there.
Students graduating with a major in French & Linguistics will be able to demonstrate:
- An understanding of the fundamental questions that drive modern linguistic research concerning formal structure, universals, acquisition, historical change, variation, and social dimensions of use.
- Foundational knowledge in the core areas of linguistic theory, including phonetics, syntax, and semantics.
- The ability to identify and describe with precision the empirical patterns found in sets of language data, and to construct well-reasoned linguistic analyses by formulating, testing, and refining hypotheses about these patterns.
- Linguistic mastery of same aspect of modern-day French (phonetics, phonology, or syntax, e.g.) or of the historical development of the language.
- Proficiency in the French language at an advanced level, with respect to reading, writing, speaking, and understanding of spoken French.
- Critical and analytical engagement with French/Francophone cultural and literary traditions, practices, genres, and great works.
The major consists of 13 courses, including 6 in French, 6 in Linguistics, and 1 course in French linguistics, listed below. In addition to the requirements for the major, students must also satisfy general requirements of the College of Arts & Sciences. An advisor can assist you in designing your program of study.
Advanced language course, one from:
CAS LF 303 French Composition and Conversation I
CAS LF 304 French Composition and Conversation II
CAS LF 305 Advanced Written Expression
CAS LF 306 Advanced Oral Expression
Two literary survey courses
CAS LF 350 Introduction to Analysis of French Texts
CAS LF 351 Introduction to the French Novel
Two literature courses
one covering a period before 1800
[CAS LF 451, LF 453, LF 457, LF 550, LF 553, LF 555, LF 560, LF 562, LF 563, LF 564, LF 565, LF 575]
one covering a period after 1800
[CAS LF 455, LF 456, LF 460, LF 469, LF 551, LF 554, LF 558, LF 570, LF 571, LF 590]
One additional CAS LF course at the 300-level or above in the area of advanced language, linguistics, culture, film, or literature
Five courses in Linguistics
Introduction to Linguistics
CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics (offered every semester)
CAS LX 502 Semantics I (offered in the Spring)
CAS LX 510 Phonetics (offered in the Fall)
CAS LX 522 Syntax I (offered in the Fall)
One additional CAS LX course at or above the 300 level
One course in French Linguistics
French Linguistics, one from:
CAS LF 500 French Phonetics
CAS LF 502 French Syntax
CAS LF 503 French Phonology
CAS LF 504 History of French
CAS LF 506/LX 506 Topics in French Linguistics
An appropriate French linguistics course offered abroad (with advance approval of advisor)
One additional Linguistics elective
One additional course in French linguistics or general linguistics, from:
French Linguistics courses (listed above)
General Linguistics courses: CAS LX courses at or above the 400 level
Declare your major or minor
You can now change your major or minor declarations online: http://www.bu.edu/casadvising/major-minor-declaration-form/.
Be sure to list all your majors and minors if you are making any kind of change.
For details of the Honors Program in French & Linguistics, click here.
- Linguistics & Philosophy
- French & Linguistics
- Italian & Linguistics
- Japanese & Linguistics
- Spanish & Linguistics
- Linguistics Honors program
- Linguistics & Philosophy Honors program
- Other joint majors Honors programs