Joint major in Italian & Linguistics

The joint major in Italian & Linguistics provides an opportunity for students to combine the study of Italian language, literature, and culture with the study of linguistics.

Learning Goals

Students graduating with a major in Italian & 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.
  • Proficiency in the Italian language at an advanced level, with respect to reading, writing, speaking, and understanding of spoken Italian.
  • Critical and analytical engagement with Italian cultural and literary traditions, practices, genres, and great works.
  • Systematic exposure to the earliest forms of written Italian from the 12th through the 17th century: Umbrian, Sicilian, Tuscan, and the emergence of literary Italian.

Major Requirements

The major consists of 13 courses, including at least 6 in Italian and 6 in 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 Italian

Advanced language course, one from:

  • CAS LI 303 Self-Expression

  • CAS LI 303 Advanced Self-Expression

  • CAS LI 305 Topics in Composition and Culture

  • CAS LI 306 Advanced Italian Practicum

Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque literature course, one from:

  • CAS LI 350 Italian Literature I: Medieval

  • CAS LI 351 Italian Literature II: Renaissance and Baroque

Four literature courses

  • Four Italian literature courses at or above the 300 level, from CAS LI 350, 351, 352, 450, 452, 453, 459, 553, 555, 556, 590.

Six courses in Linguistics

CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics
(offered every semester)

Introduction to Linguistics

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

Linguistic theory

Two Linguistics electives

Additional elective

Additional elective, one from:

  • CAS LI courses in language, literature, and culture

  • General linguistics courses: CAS LX courses at or above the 300-level

  • Other course in Italian language, linguistics, literature, or culture, with advisor approval

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 Italian & Linguistics, click here.

Printable Brochure

For a brochure with an overview of the Italian & Linguistics major, download this file: http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/UG/joint/ItalLx.pdf (print it out 2-sided; flip on short side).