BA in French & Linguistics

The joint major in French & Linguistics provides an opportunity for students to combine the study of French language, literature, and culture with the study of linguistics. The major consists of thirteen courses completed with a grade of C or higher:

Five courses in French

  • One French language course at the 300 level (CAS LF 303, 304, 305, 306)
  • Two survey courses in French literature: CAS LF 350 and 351
  • Two French literature courses at the 400 or 500 level, including one covering a period before 1800, and one covering a period after 1800:
    • Applicable courses for before 1800: CAS LF 451, LF 453, LF 457, LF 550, LF 553, LF 555, LF 560, LF 562, LF 563, LF 564, LF 565, LF 575
    • Applicable courses for after 1800: CAS LF 455, LF 456, LF 460, LF 469, LF 551, LF 554, LF 558, LF 570, LF 571, LF 590

Five courses in linguistics

  • CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics
  • Three core courses in linguistics: CAS LX 502 Semantics, CAS LX 510 Phonetics, CAS LX 522 Syntax I (may be taken in any order; all have CAS LX 250 as a prerequisite)
  • One additional CAS LX elective at or above the 300 level

One course in French linguistics

Chosen from the following (or others offered abroad, with advisor approval):

  • CAS LF 500 French Phonetics
  • CAS LF 502 The Structure of French: Syntax
  • CAS LF 503 The Structure of French: Phonology
  • CAS LF 504 History of French
  • CAS LF 506/CAS LX 506 Topics in French Linguistics

Two additional electives

  • One course in French linguistics (listed above), general linguistics (CAS LX courses at or above the 400 level), sociolinguistics (CAS AN 521); or other linguistics course with advisor approval
  • One additional French course at the CAS LF 300 level or above in the area of advanced language, linguistics, culture, film, or literature; options include courses taken abroad, with advisor approval

Study Abroad Opportunities

Students may take courses to fulfill their language requirement or courses toward a French major or minor, or toward the joint major in French & Linguistics, in the Boston University Study Abroad and Internship Programs in Grenoble and Paris. In Grenoble, students enroll in intensive language courses and in university courses covering a broad curriculum. The BU center in Paris offers two programs: the Paris Internship Program running throughout the year, and a summer-only program, Dakar and Paris: Youth and Migration. Students in the Paris Internship Program take three courses at the center followed by an internship placement with accompanying academic work. In the Dakar and Paris Program, students will spend the first two weeks in Senegal’s vibrant coastal capital. The remaining four weeks will be spent in Paris. Courses will focus on the themes of youth and migration in an urban environment, and will explore questions of immigration and citizenship with respect to a West African migrant population.

Opportunities to take courses abroad taught in French are also available in BU’s program in Geneva, and through exchange programs in Paris in the fields of management and political science as well as with Paris 8 University. Additional information on these programs is available in the Study Abroad and Internship Programs portion of this Bulletin. Students should consult with a faculty advisor to determine which Study Abroad courses may fulfill major and minor requirements.