Joint major in Japanese & Linguistics
NEW! For a brochure with an overview of the Japanese & Linguistics major, download this file: http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/UG/joint/JapaLx.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 Japanese & 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 Japanese (phonetics, phonology, or syntax, e.g.) or of the historical development of the language.
- A high level of proficiency in the Japanese language, with respect to reading, writing, speaking, and understanding of spoken Japanese, including oral proficiency at a minimum of Intermediate High and knowledge of at least 800 kanji characters.
- An understanding and appreciation of Japanese cultural and literary traditions, practices, genres, and great works.
The major consists of 13 courses, including 6 in Japanese, 6 in Linguistics, and 1 course in Japanese 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.
Two advanced Japanese language courses
Normally CAS LJ 303 and 304, but more advanced courses are also available for students with appropriate advanced placement (CAS LJ 314, 315, 320, 385, 386, 403, 404, 441, 445)
Literature courses, three from:
CAS LJ 250 Masterpieces of Japanese Literature (in English translation)
CAS LJ 251 Modern Japanese Literature (in English translation)
CAS LJ 350 Readings in Modern Japanese Fiction
CAS LJ 351 Modern Japanese Literature (in English translation)
CAS LJ 451 Topics in Japanese Literature
CAS LJ 480 Japanese Women Writers (in English translation)
CAS LJ 481 Topics in Japanese Literature (in English translation)
One additional CAS LJ course at the 300 level or above in the area of advanced language, linguistics, culture, film, literature, or translation
Five 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)
One additional CAS LX elective at or above the 300 level
One course in Japanese Linguistics
Japanese Linguistics, one from:
One additional Linguistics elective
One elective from:
Japanese Linguistics courses (listed above)
General Linguistics courses: CAS LX courses at or above the 400 level
Other courses in Japanese linguistics or general linguistics, 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 Japanese & Linguistics, click here.
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