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Joint major in Spanish & Linguistics

The joint major in Spanish & Linguistics provides an opportunity for students to combine the study of Spanish language, literature, and culture with the study of linguistics.

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, along with foundational knowledge in the core areas of linguistic theory.
  • 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

Linguistics courses satisfy a wide variety of Hub units. For information about how Linguistics courses and degree programs fit in with the brand new BU Hub, see

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

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:

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

Declare your major

To declare a Spanish & Linguistics major in CAS, submit the form here: Major Declaration form,

Honors Program

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

Printable Brochure

For a brochure with an overview of the Spanish & Linguistics major, download this file: (print it out 2-sided; flip on short side).