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.

Learning Goals

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.

Major Requirements

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.

Six courses in French

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]

French elective

  • 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

These three courses can be taken in any order. They all have CAS LX 250 as a prerequisite.

Linguistic theory

One course in French Linguistics

French Linguistics, one from:

One additional Linguistics elective

One additional course in French linguistics or general linguistics, from:

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.

Honors Program

For details of the Honors Program in French & Linguistics, click here.

Printable Brochure

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).