Linguistics Honors Program
The Honors Program in Linguistics requires 14 courses in all, to be completed with a GPA of at least 3.7.
The honors program shares the following 9 course requirements with the current major in Linguistics.
Four core courses
CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics
CAS LX 502 Semantics I
CAS LX 510 Phonetics
CAS LX 522 Syntax I
Linguistic analysis of a specific language
Foreign language requirement
Four foreign language courses at or above the 3rd semester level, including at least two different languages
The honors track for Linguistics involves the following differences from the current major.
Two additional Linguistics courses
Three courses at an advanced level, from:
CAS LX 503 Semantics II
CAS LX 504 Topics in Pragmatics
CAS LX 513 Phonology
CAS LX 523 Syntax II
CAS LX 525 Prosody
Other courses chosen in consultation with the student's academic advisor (from courses having a prerequisite of some linguistics course above the level of CAS LX 250).
Thus honors students will take a total of 14 courses (rather than the 12 required now for the major), including at least three advanced courses (among those listed above).
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 at least three of the four core courses listed in (1). Qualifications for admission into the honors program include a GPA of least 3.7 in all CAS courses—and specifically in the set of CAS LX courses—that the student has taken as of the time of application.
Meetings of Linguistics honors students (and honor students in joint majors including Linguistics) 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 Linguistics events (both at BU and in the Boston area) that may be of interest.
A printable version of the description of the Honors Program is available.
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