October 22, 2014 from 12-1:30pm WGS Sitting Room, 704 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 101
Modern Languages & Comparative Literature
Students and faculty in Boston University’s Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature pursue the study of eleven world languages, literatures and cultures; of Middle East and North African Studies; and of Comparative Literature, which is the study of literature across linguistic boundaries. (More than a dozen additional languages are taught elsewhere on campus: see “Other Languages” link, below right.) MLCL boasts an internationally distinguished faculty who publish scholarly research on a wide array of topics. Our faculty have won many distinctions for scholarship and teaching, including the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Peter Paul professorship for the “very best young faculty” university-wide, the National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the US-Japan Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature (known as the Donald Keene Prize), and grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the German National Research Society, the Fulbright Commission, the National Security Education Program for critical-language instruction, and dozens more.
MLCL is unique in BU’s College of Arts and Sciences in that its teaching and advising are oriented entirely to undergraduates (although graduate students from other programs are always welcome in our classes). Our courses enroll more than 2500 students per year. Students major in Chinese, Comparative Literature, German, Japanese, Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENA), and Russian (many students pursue double majors); a joint major in Japanese and Linguistics is also available. Students minor in Arabic, Chinese, Comparative Literature, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, and Russian. We invite you to explore our website and become familiar with our rich offerings.