Joint major in Spanish & 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 Spanish & Linguistics major, download this file: http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/UG/joint/SpanLx.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 Spanish & 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 Spanish (phonetics, phonology, variation, e.g.) or of the historical development of the language.
- Proficiency in the Spanish language at an advanced level, with respect to reading, writing, speaking, and understanding of spoken Spanish.
- Critical and analytical engagement with Hispanic cultural and literary traditions, practices, genres, and great works.
The major consists of 13 courses, including 6 in Spanish, 6 in Linguistics, and 1 course in Spanish 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.
Note that for Spanish linguistics courses crosslisted with CAS LS and CAS LX numbers, the LS and LX courses will satisfy exactly the same requirements, regardless of whether the student has registered for the LS or LX course.
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 (not including courses in Spanish linguistics)
One course in Spanish Linguistics
Spanish Linguistics, one from:
CAS LS/LX 420 Spanish in the United States
CAS LS 504 History of the Spanish Language
CAS LS 505 Topics in Spanish Linguistics
- (Note: Different topics are offered in different semesters; can be taken more than once with different topics)
CAS LS/LX 507 The Sounds of Spanish
CAS LS/LX 508 The Structure of Spanish
One additional Linguistics elective
Additional elective from:
Spanish Linguistics courses (listed above, or others with advisor approval)
General Linguistics courses, CAS LX courses at or above the 400 level
Five courses in Spanish
Advanced language course: one at the 300-level
Introduction to Analysis of Hispanic Texts
CAS LS 350 Introduction to Analysis of Hispanic Texts
Three literature courses
Two CAS LS 400-level literature courses
(including one Peninsular and one Latin American literature course.)
One CAS LS 500-level literature course
One additional Spanish elective
One additional CAS LS course at the 300-level or above in Spanish language, literature, or linguistics
[can include CAS LS/LX 420, LS 504, LS 505, LS/LX 507, or LS/LX 508]
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 Spanish & 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