Department of Modern Languages & Comparative Literature
The Department of Modern Languages & Comparative Literature (MLCL) conducts research and teaching in Arabic, Chinese, German, Hebrew, Hindi-Urdu, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Russian, Turkish, and in Comparative Literature. Majors combine their coursework with Study Abroad and international internships, and acquire insight into other cultures and into dimensions of literature that cut across national boundaries. The BA prepares students to enter an increasingly global workplace permeated by cultural and linguistic diversity.
The Geddes Language Center, on the fifth floor of 685 Commonwealth Avenue, in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) building, includes language laboratories, specially equipped classrooms, audiovisual production facilities, and libraries of audiovisual materials. Use of these facilities is required for many courses and is assigned for supplementary work in other courses.
Foreign Language Specialty Residences
Chinese, German, and Japanese houses enable majors, minors, and students taking courses in one of these languages to use the language daily and to strengthen their knowledge of the language and culture of the countries. Chinese House is at 172 Bay State Road; German House is at 209 Bay State Road; Japanese House is at 206 Bay State Road. For more information, visit www.bu.edu/reslife.
Majors and Minors in Modern Languages & Comparative Literature
Students may choose a major or a minor in Chinese, Comparative Literature, German, Japanese, or Russian. Minors are also available in Arabic and Hebrew.
Language and literature majors frequently prepare themselves for careers or advanced study in international relations, government, education, journalism, and translating. Students in premedical or prelaw programs find the majors and minors in MLCL a satisfying way to broaden their programs of study.
The department encourages CAS students, whatever their major, to obtain the greatest benefit from their foreign language requirement by pursuing a minor in their chosen language. Advanced courses in a language or its literature increase proficiency in that language, present the great works and epochs of the literature, and acquaint students with the contemporary culture and that culture’s roots in the past. A grade of C or higher is required in all courses taken toward the minor. Students plan a minor program with their advisor, consisting ordinarily of six courses in their language or literature at the 240 level or above. Minors are available in Arabic (1142), Chinese (1107), German (1103), Hebrew (1111), Japanese (1108), Russian (1106), and Comparative Literature (1141). Internships taken during Boston University’s or other study abroad programs may not be credited toward minors offered by the department. Minors have specific course requirements; these are detailed for each minor under Programs.
College of Arts & Sciences Language Requirement
Detailed information is available under Foreign Language requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Program. Several options are available for students who must fulfill the college language requirement. Information concerning these options is listed for each language.
Courses in Other Departments
Students are encouraged to consult the offerings of the Departments of Romance Studies, Classical Studies, English, and the African Studies Center.
Boston University Study Abroad Programs in Dresden, Haifa, Istanbul, Kyoto, Rabat, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo
These programs feature intensive language courses as well as literature, civilization, and linguistics courses. Detailed information is available from the Study Abroad Office or online.
Courses in Literature or Civilization in English Translation
The following courses are offered in 2013/2014 with lecture, discussion, and readings in English. Any of these courses may be taken for humanities divisional credit. Some may satisfy major and minor requirements within specific programs. The courses are described in their respective language sections.
- CAS LC 250 Masterpieces of Classical Chinese Literature
- CAS LC 251 Masterpieces of Modern Chinese Literature
- CAS LC 283 Chinese Civilization
- CAS LC 285 Topics in Chinese Literature
- CAS LC 286 Topics in Chinese Culture
- CAS LG 283 The Faust Tradition
- CAS LJ 250 Masterpieces of Japanese Literature
- CAS LJ 251 Modern Japanese Literature
- CAS LJ 283 Modern Japanese Culture in Cinema
- CAS LJ 451 Topics in Japanese Literature
- CAS LK 250 Introduction to Korean Literature
- CAS LK 383 Modern Korean Culture through Cinema
- CAS LR 250 Classics of Russian Prose
- CAS LR 281 Tolstoy
- CAS LR 282 Russian Prose Classics of the Twentieth Century
- CAS LY 441 1001 Nights in the World Literary Imagination
- CAS LY 470 Topics in Arabic Literature
- CAS LZ 281 Rumi and Persian Sufi Poetry
- CAS XL 222 Introduction to Comparative Literature: Western Literature
- CAS XL 223 Introduction to Comparative Literature: Middle Eastern Literature
- CAS XL 224 Introduction to Comparative Literature: East Asian Literature
- CAS XL 225 Introduction to Comparative Literature: South Asian Literature
- CAS XL 342 Travel Writing and the Muslim World
- CAS XL 382 Topics in Gender and Film
- CAS XL 470 Topics in Comparative Literature
- CAS XL 540 Theory and Practice of Literary Translation
- CAS XL 560 Topics in Religion and Literature