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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, along with foundational knowledge in the core areas of linguistic theory.
  • 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.

French and Linguistics courses satisfy a wide variety of Hub units. For information about how Linguistics courses and degree programs fit in with the brand new BU Hub, see

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 French language course at the 300 level

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

To declare a French & Linguistics major in CAS, submit the form here: Major Declaration form.

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: (print it out 2-sided; flip on short side).