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 4 required foundational courses that provide a solid background in the core areas of linguistics, as well as 2 elective options that allow students to tailor their program of study to meet their interests and academic and professional goals. Transfer students may include up to 3 transfer courses from other colleges, universities, or non-Boston University study abroad programs; thus, a minimum of 3 courses must be taken on the Charles River Campus. An advisor can assist you in designing your program of study.

4 Foundational Linguistics Courses
  • CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics
  • CAS LX 301 Phonetics & Phonology: Introduction to Sound Systems
  • CAS LX 321 Syntax: Introduction to Sentential Structure
  • CAS LX 331 Semantics & Pragmatics: Introduction to Linguistic Meaning
2 Linguistics Electives, e.g.
  • CAS LX courses at the 200 level (e.g., LX 205, 235)
  • CAS LX courses at the 300 level (e.g., LX 311, 317, 327, 328, 342, 345, 346, 349, 355, 359, 360, 368, 394)
  • CAS LX courses at the 400+ level (e.g., LX 403, 405, 422, 423, 432, 433, 453, 454)

Director of Undergraduate Studies