Linguistics Honors Program

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The Honors Program in Linguistics requires 14 courses in all, to be completed with a GPA of at least 3.7. The honors program shares the following 9 course requirements with the current major in Linguistics:

(1) The following four core courses:
   • CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics
   • CAS LX 502 Semantics I
   • CAS LX 510 Phonetics
   • CAS LX 522 Syntax I

(2) One course in the linguistic analysis of a specific language

(3) Four foreign language courses at or above the 3rd semester level, including at least two different languages

The honors track for Linguistics would involve the following differences from the current major:

Major (for students who have declared their major prior to September 2011) Major (for students who have declared their major not earlier than September 2011) Honors track
(4)-a. Two additional electives chosen from a wide range of courses (4)-a’’. Two additional courses chosen from CAS LX courses or CAS AN 521 Sociolinguistics, including at most one at the 200 level (4)-a’’’. Two additional courses chosen from CAS LX 400- and 500- level courses or CAS AN 521 Sociolinguistics.
(4)-b. One additional related course. (4)-b. One additional related course. (4)-b’’. Three courses at an advanced level, from:
   • CAS LX 503 Semantics II
   • CAS LX 504 Topics in Pragmatics
   • CAS LX 513 Phonology
   • CAS LX 523 Syntax II
   • CAS LX 525 Prosody
or other courses chosen in consultation with the student’s academic advisor (from courses having a prerequisite of some linguistics course above the level of CAS LX 250)
Thus, honors students will take a total of 14 courses (rather than the 12 required now for the major), including at least three advanced courses (listed in (4)-b’’).

Procedure for Application to the Honors program

A student would normally apply to the honors program no sooner than the end of sophomore year and no later than the beginning of the spring semester of junior year (for entrance into the program as of the first or second semester of the junior year, respectively). Thus, students will normally participate in the Honors Program during their final 3 or 4 semesters prior to graduation.

Time frame for submission of applications

The deadlines for application are indicated below, and they have been modified for the launch of the program. (Notification of acceptance will be sent within 1-6 weeks of application.)

Time window for submission of application

Admission to Honors Program as of... Expected Graduation Date
4/25/2012 - 9/10/2012 September 2012 between May 2013 and September 2014 (inclusive)
12/1/2012 - 1/20/2013 January 2013 between May 2014 and January 2015 (inclusive)
4/25/2013 - 9/10/2013 September 2013 between January 2015 and September 2015 (inclusive)
12/1/2013 - 1/20/2014 January 2014 between May 2015 and January 2016 (inclusive)
4/25/2014 - 9/10/2014 September 2014 between January 2016 and September 2016 (inclusive)
12/1/2014 - 1/20/2015 January 2015 between May 2016 and January 2017 (inclusive)
4/25/2015 - 9/10/2015 September 2015 between January 2017 and September 2017 (inclusive)
12/1/2015 - 1/20/2016 January 2016 between May 2017 and January 2018 (inclusive)
4/25/2016 - 9/10/2016 September 2016 between January 2018 and September 2018 (inclusive)


Qualifications for admission

For admission into the program, students must have

  • completed at least three of the four core courses
    • CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics
    • CAS LX 502 Semantics I
    • CAS LX 510 Phonetics
    • CAS LX 522 Syntax I
  • earned, for courses that have been taken as of the time of application:
    • a GPA of at least 3.65 in all CAS courses
    • a GPA of at least 3.7 in all courses satisfying requirements for the major

Application Form

               to be submitted to Linguistics Honors Program, Room 120, 621 Commonwealth Ave.:

    • Honors Program in Linguistics

      Applications may be submitted any time before the deadlines indicated above. Please include appropriate contact information on the application form.

    Students who are interested in the Honors program are encouraged to discuss their interest with their faculty advisor and/or Prof. Neidle (who will be able to go over the specific requirements and how they can be fulfilled) before submitting a formal application.

Co-curricular Activities

Meetings of Linguistics honors students (and honor students in joint majors including Linguistics) will take place at least several times each semester. Activities may include colloquia as well as presentations, question-and-answer sessions, and panel discussions with BU faculty. In addition, we will maintain an email list of honors students, and we will inform them of other Linguistics events (both at BU and in the Boston area) that may be of interest.

Successful completion

Students participating in the program who complete the 14 required courses with a GPA of 3.7 or above will graduate "with Honors in Linguistics."


Note that honors programs are also available in conjunction with the joint majors that offer ways to combine Linguistics with Philosophy or with French, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish. Further details are available from the...

Linguistics Website