BA in Italian & Linguistics

The joint major in Italian & Linguistics provides an opportunity for students to combine the study of Italian language, literature, and culture with the study of Linguistics. The major consists of 13 courses completed with a grade of C or higher:

Six courses in Italian

  • One Italian language course at the 300 level (CAS LI 303–310)
  • One literature course chosen from CAS LI 350 or 351
  • Four additional Italian literature courses at or above the 300 level from among CAS LI 350, 351, 352, 450, 452, 453, 459, 553, 555, 556, 590

Six 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)
  • Two additional CAS LX electives at or above the 300 level

One additional elective


  • in Italian — Italian literature (see above listing) or Italian culture: chosen from CAS LI 349, LI 452, LI 473, LI 480, LI 540
  • or in linguistics — from courses in general linguistics (CAS LX courses at or above the 400 level), sociolinguistics (CAS AN 521), or other linguistics courses with advisor approval


Students may take courses to fulfill the Italian & Linguistics major in the Boston University Study Abroad program in Padua. Additional information on this program is available in the Study Abroad and Internship Programs section of this site. Students should consult with their advisor to determine which Study Abroad courses may fulfill major and minor requirements.