Joint major in Italian & Linguistics
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 Italian & Linguistics major, download this file: http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/UG/joint/ItalLx.pdf (print it out 2-sided; flip on short side).
Note that the honors program is not described there.
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.
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.
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 400 level
Six courses in Linguistics
Introduction to Linguistics
CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics (offered every semester)
CAS LX 502 Semantics I (offered in the Spring)
CAS LX 510 Phonetics (offered in the Fall)
CAS LX 522 Syntax I (offered in the Fall)
Two Linguistics electives
Two additional CAS LX electives at or above the 300 level
Additional elective, one from:
CAS LI courses in language, literature, and culture
General linguistics courses: CAS LX courses at or above the 400-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.
For details of the Honors Program in Italian & Linguistics, click here.
- Linguistics & Philosophy
- French & Linguistics
- Italian & Linguistics
- Japanese & Linguistics
- Spanish & Linguistics
- Linguistics Honors program
- Linguistics & Philosophy Honors program
- Other joint majors Honors programs