Linguistics & Philosophy Honors Program
The Honors Program in Linguistics & Philosophy requires fifteen courses in all, including seven each in Linguistics and Philosophy plus one semester of directed research to complete a senior honors project. The project will be co-advised by two faculty members, one in Linguistics and one in Philosophy. Successful completion of the honors program requires an average GPA of 3.7 in the courses satisfying requirements for the major as well as a minimum grade of A- on the honors project itself.
The honors program shares the following 9 course requirements with the current major in Linguistics & Philosophy:
Philosophy introduction, one of:
CAS PH 100 Intro to Philosophy
CAS PH 110 Great Philosophers
CAS PH 160 Reasoning and Argumentation
CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics
Four additional Philosophy courses
CAS PH 310 History of Modern Philosophy
CAS PH 360 Symbolic Logic
CAS PH 422 Analytic Philosophy or CAS PH 443 Philosophy of Mind
CAS PH 463 Philosophy of Language
Three additional Linguistics courses
CAS LX 301 Phonetics & Phonology: Introduction to Sound Systems
(previously offered as CAS LX 510 Phonetics)
CAS LX 321 Syntax: Introduction to Sentential Structure
(previously offered as CAS LX 522 Syntax I)
CAS LX 331 Semantics & Pragmatics: Introduction to Linguistic Meaning
(previously offered as CAS LX 502 Semantics I)
The honors track for the Linguistics & Philosophy major differs from the current major in the ways indicated below.
Two additional courses in formal syntax, semantics, or pragmatics, from:
CAS LX 422 Intermediate Syntax: Modeling Syntactic Knowledge
CAS LX 423 Advanced Syntax: Issues in Modern Syntactic Theory
CAS LX 432 Intermediate Semantics: The Grammatical Construction of Meaning
CAS LX 433 Intermediate Pragmatics: Meaning in Context
One additional course in Philosophy, from:
CAS PH 460 Epistemology
CAS PH 461 Mathematical Logic
CAS PH 462 Foundations of Math
CAS PH 465 Philosophy of Cognitive Science
CAS PH 467 Mathematical Logic
CAS PH 468 Logic and Mathematics
CAS PH 486 Topics in Knowledge, Language, and Logic
One course in Linguistics and one in Philosophy (above the 100-level)
One course in Linguistics (CAS LX)
One course in Philosophy (CAS PH)
One semester of Senior Honors Research
One semester of Senior Honors Research (normally to be undertaken in the fall of senior year) Students are expected to begin discussions with faculty advisors about the project by no later than March of their junior year, and are required to submit an approved proposal by the end of their junior year.
This ensures that students will take at least one more advanced course in both Linguistics and Philosophy (from among the courses listed above) than would be required for the existing major.
Application to the Honors program
A student may apply to the honors program no sooner than the end of sophomore year and no later than the beginning of the spring semester of junior year. For admission into the program, students must have completed CAS LX 502 Semantics I and one of the four Philosophy courses listed in (3). Qualifications for admission into the honors program include a GPA of least 3.65 in all CAS courses—and a minimum GPA of 3.7 in the set of courses satisfying requirements for the major—that the student has taken as of the time of application.
Application forms should be submitted to room 120, 621 Commonwealth Ave.
Please note that this form is based on course numbering in effect through Spring 2016. An updated version with the new course numbers will be provided soon.
The deadlines are the same as for the Linguistics Honors Program.
Meetings of Linguistics and Linguistics & Philosophy honors students will take place at least several times each semester. Activities may include colloquia as well as presentations, question-and-answer sessions, and panel discussions with BU faculty. In addition, we will maintain an email list of honors students, and we will inform them of other events (both at BU and in the Boston area) that may be of interest in the areas of Linguistics and Philosophy. Honors students in Linguistics & Philosophy will also be included in the activities associated with the Philosophy honors program.
Please note that this is based on course numbering in effect through Spring 2016. An updated version with the new course numbers will be provided soon.
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