The Linguistics Minor in CAS
The minor in Linguistics enables students to study the organization of human language as well as the social dimensions of language use. Students gain an understanding and appreciation of the commonalities among all human languages, the range of linguistic diversity found across the globe, the challenges inherent in the learning of language, and the dynamic nature of language as a system of communication. The minor includes required foundational courses that provide a solid background in the core areas of linguistics, as well as elective options that allow students to tailor their program of study to meet their interests and academic and professional goals.
Six Linguistics courses
An advisor can assist you in designing your program of study. The minor consists of six courses, including the following:
Courses in linguistic theory: four core courses
- CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics
- 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)
Students may include up to three transfer courses from other colleges, universities, or non-Boston University study abroad programs and must take a minimum of three courses on the Charles River Campus.
Linguistics Minor and CAS Requirements
Completion of a minor concentration in Linguistics will be considered to have fulfilled the 2-course Humanities Divisional Studies requirement for the College of Arts & Sciences.
Declare your major or minor
Click here to download a printable summary of Linguistics major and minor requirements.
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.
- Linguistics & Philosophy
- French & Linguistics
- Italian & Linguistics
- Japanese & Linguistics
- Spanish & Linguistics
- Linguistics Honors program
- Linguistics & Philosophy Honors program
- Other joint majors Honors programs