Joint major in Spanish & Linguistics

Printable Brochure

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.

Learning Goals

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.

Major Requirements

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)

These three courses can be taken in any order. They all have CAS LX 250 as a prerequisite.

Linguistic theory

Linguistics elective

One course in Spanish Linguistics

Another relevant CAS LS course can be substituted here, with permission of advisor.

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:

        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.

        Honors Program

        For details of the Honors Program in Spanish & Linguistics, click here.