Joint major in French & Linguistics

Printable Brochure

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.

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

  • CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics (offered every semester)

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.