Joint major in French & Linguistics
The joint major in French & Linguistics provides an opportunity for students to combine the study of French language, literature, and culture with the study of linguistics.
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 301 Phonetics & Phonology: Introduction to Sound Systems
(previously offered as CAS LX 510 Phonetics)
CAS LX 321 Syntax: Introduction to Sentential Structure
(previously offered as CAS LX 522 Syntax I)
CAS LX 331 Semantics & Pragmatics: Introduction to Linguistic Meaning
(previously offered as CAS LX 502 Semantics I)
One additional CAS LX course at or above the 300 level
One course in French Linguistics
French Linguistics, one from:
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 300 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.
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.
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.
Please note that these are based on course numbering in effect through Spring 2016. Updated versions with the new course numbers will be provided soon.
- Linguistics & Philosophy
- French & Linguistics
- Italian & Linguistics
- Japanese & Linguistics
- Spanish & Linguistics
- Linguistics Honors program
- Linguistics & Philosophy Honors program
- Other joint majors Honors programs