Languages

Colleges: College of Arts & Sciences | School of Theology

Courses in: Amharic | Arabic | Chinese | Comparative Literature | French | German | Ancient Greek | Hieroglyphs | Italian | Japanese | Korean | Latin | Russian | Spanish | Turkish

College of Arts & Sciences

The James Geddes Language Center includes two language laboratories, classrooms especially equipped for language teaching, and extensive tape production and processing facilities. The center is located on the fifth floor at 685 Commonwealth Avenue. Orientation to Language Center operations and procedures is given during the first week of classes.

Amharic

Amharic 1

CAS LD 111

First semester four-skill Amharic course leading to proficiency in oral expression, listening comprehension, reading, cultural understanding, and writing using the Amharic alphabet. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Amharic 2

CAS LD 112

Prereq: (CAS LD 111) or consent of instructor. This second semester four-skill Amharic course leads toward proficiency in oral expression, listening comprehension, reading, cultural understanding, and writing using the Amharic alphabet. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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Arabic

Elementary Modern Arabic (Modern Arabic 1)

CAS LY 111

The essentials of standard Arabic, the idiom used in public communications throughout the Arab world. Listening, speaking, reading, writing. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Elementary Modern Arabic (Modern Arabic 2)

CAS LY 112

Prereq: (CAS LY 111). The essentials of standard Arabic, the idiom used in public communications throughout the Arab world. Listening, speaking, reading, writing. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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Third-Year Modern Arabic II

CAS LY 304

Prereq: (CAS LY 303). Continuing advanced reading, advanced composition; grammar review, listening skills, and conversation in Modern Standard Arabic as well as major dialects such as the Cairine or the Gulf dialect. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 25)

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Chinese

First-Semester Chinese

CAS LC 111

Essentials of structure, oral practice, introduction to the writing system. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Second-Semester Chinese

CAS LC 112

Prereq: (CAS LC 111). Essentials of structure, oral practice, introduction to the writing system. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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First-Year Intensive Chinese

CAS LC 123

For beginners. Intensive course, equivalent to two semesters of first-year college Chinese. Essentials of structure, oral practice, introduction to the writing system. Laboratory required. 8 cr. Tuition: $4800

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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Third-Semester Chinese

CAS LC 211

Prereq: (CAS LC 112). Review of structure and grammar, practice in conversation and writing, introduction to reading. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Fourth-Semester Chinese

CAS LC 212

Prereq: (CAS LC 211). Review of structure and grammar, practice in conversation and writing, introduction to reading. Satisfactory completion of CAS LC 212 fulfills the CAS language requirement. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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Topics in Chinese Culture (in English translation)

CAS LC 286

Topic for Summer 2014: Food Culture. A study of food in Chinese culture including artistic and literary representations, history of agriculture, food preservation and preparation, medicinal uses, restaurant culture, and food as a commodity. This course is taught in English. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 21-June 26)

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Third Year Modern Chinese

CAS LC 311

Prereq: (CAS LC 212). Readings in modern Chinese. Readings and discussion in Chinese of selected nonliterary and literary materials, including newspaper articles, short stories, and essays. Regular compositions required. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 21-June 26)

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Advanced Chinese Reading and Writing

CAS LC 470

An advanced Chinese reading and writing course. Materials for reading include masterpieces, in classical, ancient vernacular, and modern Chinese, from ancient, modern, and contemporary Chinese literary and nonliterary works, as well as pieces from current news media. Translation exercises and critical papers will be assigned. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 27)

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Comparative Literature

Japanese Popular Culture and Literature

CAS LJ 451

Modern Japanese popular culture including manga, anime, fantasy, Takarazuka theater, and detective fiction. Works by Murakami Haruki, CLAMP, and Anno Hideaki (Neon Genesis Evangelion). In English translation. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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French

A placement test is required of every student whose most recent course in French was taken in high school or at a college other than Boston University. Information on the online placement test is available at bu.edu/rs/academics/placement-test-info.html. The test can be taken at any time, but can only be taken once in a 12-month period.

First-Semester French

CAS LF 111

A multimedia approach for students who have never studied French. A variety of communicative tasks develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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Second-Semester French

CAS LF 112

Prereq: (CAS LF 111) or placement test results. Continues CAS LF 111. A multimedia approach which develops speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills, together with the grammar and vocabulary needed for more complex communicative tasks. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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Third-Semester French

CAS LF 211

Prereq: (CAS LF 112) or placement test results. Authentic literary selections by writers from diverse Francophone countries, cultural readings, and discussion of short-subject films by francophone filmmakers, accompanied by advanced study of grammar and emphasis on communicative skills. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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Fourth-Semester French

CAS LF 212

Prereq: (CAS LF 211) or placement test results. Refines the four skills through in-depth study of a modern novel. Creative oral and written exercises based on the novel and study of advanced grammar. Viewing of contemporary French films. Fulfills CAS language requirement, prepares for further study (LF 303). 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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French Composition and Conversation I

CAS LF 303

Prereq: (CAS LF 212) or equivalent, or placement test results. Not open to students for whom French is a first language. Development of skills in spoken and written language. Grammar review, vocabulary building, regular compositions. (Students who have completed CAS LF 309 or a more advanced college-level language course may not receive credit for LF303.) 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Introduction to Analysis of French Texts

CAS LF 350

Prereq: (CAS LF 303) or equivalent. Development of techniques for reading and interpreting French literary texts. Special attention to the study of lyric poetry, drama, and short narrative. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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German

A placement test is required of every student whose most recent course in German was taken in high school or at a college other than Boston University. The placement test is given on the first day of each summer session.

First-Semester German

CAS LG 111

For beginners or according to placement examination results. Introduction to grammar, vocabulary, and structure of German, emphasizing the four basic skills: speaking, writing, listening, and reading. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Second-Semester German

CAS LG 112

Prereq: (CAS LG 111) or placement test results. Continues study and practice of the basic skills of speaking, writing, and reading German. Conversational dialogues, reading of short texts, grammar sessions, compositions. Conducted in German. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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Ancient Greek

Beginning Greek 1

CAS CL 161

Introduction to grammar, forms, and vocabulary of ancient Greek. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Beginning Greek 2

CAS CL 162

Prereq: (CAS CL 161) or equivalent. Further study of ancient Greek grammar, forms, and vocabulary. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (July 1-August 7)

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Intermediate Greek 1: Prose

CAS CL 261

Prereq: (CAS CL 162) or equivalent. Reading of selections from Greek prose. Authors read may include Plato and Lysias, as well as selections from the New Testament. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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Intermediate Greek 2: Poetry

CAS CL 262

Prereq: (CAS CL 261) or equivalent. Reading of selections from the Iliad or Odyssey. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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Italian

A placement test is required of every student whose most recent course in Italian was taken in high school or at a college other than Boston University. Information on the online placement test is available at bu.edu/rs/academics/placement-test-info.html. The test can be taken at any time, but can only be taken once in a 12-month period.

First-Semester Italian

CAS LI 111

For beginners only, or according to placement examination results. Grammar, conversation practice, written exercises, compositions. Conducted in Italian. (If CAS LI 131 or a more advanced college-level course has been completed, this course cannot be taken for credit.) 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Second-Semester Italian

CAS LI 112

Prereq: (CAS LI 111) or placement test results. Continues the CAS LI 111 basic text: grammar, conversation, compositions. Conducted in Italian. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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Third-Semester Italian

CAS LI 211

Prereq: (CAS LI 112) or placement test results. Intended for students with a satisfactory background in elementary Italian, who require some review of basic structures, verbs, and related essentials. Review, emphasis on composition skills, and conversation. Reading and discussion of short stories, poetry, and plays. Conducted in Italian. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Fourth-Semester Italian

CAS LI 212

Prereq: (CAS LI 211) or placement test results. For students who wish to build active use of Italian in speaking, writing, and reading. Continuation of CAS LI 211: review, development of reading skills through analysis of contemporary texts, compositions, conversation. Satisfactory completion of CAS LI 212 fulfills the CAS language requirement. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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Japanese

First-Semester Japanese

CAS LJ 111

Introduction to spoken and written Japanese and to fundamentals of Japanese grammar with oral drills and written exercises. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Second-Semester Japanese

CAS LJ 112

Prereq: (CAS LJ 111). Introduction to spoken and written Japanese and to fundamentals of Japanese grammar with oral drills and written exercises. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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Third-Semester Japanese

CAS LJ 211

Prereq: (CAS LJ 112) or equivalent. Elaboration and refinement of the fundamental skills introduced in CAS LJ 111 and LJ 112 with an introduction to reading and composition. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Fourth-Semester Japanese

CAS LJ 212

Prereq: (CAS LJ 211) or equivalent. Elaboration and refinement of the fundamental skills introduced in CAS LJ 111 and LJ 112 with an introduction to reading and composition. Satisfactory completion of CAS LJ 212 fulfills the CAS language requirement. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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Japanese Popular Culture and Literature

CAS LJ 451

Modern Japanese popular culture including manga, anime, fantasy, Takarazuka theater, and detective fiction. Works by Murakami Haruki, CLAMP, and Anno Hideaki (Neon Genesis Evangelion). In English translation. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Korean

First-Semester Korean

CAS LK 111

Prereq: Placement examination, or for those who have never studied Korean. Elementary grammar, conversation, reading, writing. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Second-Semester Korean

CAS LK 112

Prereq: (CAS LK 111) or placement test results. Continues the text from LK 111; grammar, conversation, reading, writing. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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Latin

Beginning Latin 1

CAS CL 111

Introduction to grammar, forms, and vocabulary of classical Latin. Beginners only. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 27)

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Beginning Latin 2

CAS CL 112

Prereq: (CAS CL 111) or equivalent. Further study of Latin grammar, forms, and vocabulary. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (June 30-August 8)

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Intermediate Latin 1: Prose

CAS CL 211

Prereq: (CAS CL 112) or equivalent. Reading of selections from Latin prose. Authors read may include Caesar, Cicero, Livy, Petronius, and Pliny. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 25)

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Intermediate Latin 2: Poetry

CAS CL 212

Prereq: (CAS CL 211) or equivalent. Reading of selections from Latin poetry. Authors read may include Catullus, Ovid, and Vergil. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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Russian

First-Year Intensive Russian

CAS LR 123

Intensive course, equivalent to two semesters of first-year college Russian. An introduction to the fundamentals of Russian grammar. Extensive practice in orthography and pronunciation: oral drills, development of comprehension and conversation skills. Reading of simple texts. 8 cr. Tuition: $4800

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Spanish

A placement test is required of every student whose most recent course in Spanish was taken in high school or at a college other than Boston University. Information on the online placement test is available at bu.edu/rs/academics/placement-test-info.html. The test can be taken at any time, but can only be taken once in a 12-month period.

First-Semester Spanish

CAS LS 111

For students who have never studied Spanish, or by placement test results. Introduction to grammatical structures. Emphasis on aural comprehension, speaking, and pronunciation. Introduction to Hispanic culture. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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Second-Semester Spanish

CAS LS 112

Prereq: (CAS LS 111) or placement test results. Completes study of basic grammatical structures. Emphasis on speaking and aural comprehension. Readings on contemporary Hispanic culture. Writing assignments. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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Third-Semester Spanish

CAS LS 211

Prereq: (CAS LS 112) or placement test results. Completes study of grammatical structures of Spanish. Use of spoken language in conversation. Reading in Hispanic civilization and of contemporary short stories. Writing exercises involving more complex grammatical and syntactical patterns. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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Fourth-Semester Spanish

CAS LS 212

Prereq: (CAS LS 211) or placement test results. Review of the structures of Spanish. Intensive practice of spoken language. More advanced readings from Hispanic culture. Frequent compositions. Satisfactory completion of CAS LS 212 fulfills the CAS language requirement. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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Topics in Language and Culture in Spanish

CAS LS 307

Prereq: (CAS LS 212) or Spanish SAT subject test score of 560 or higher, or placement test results. Topic for Summer 2014: Puerto Rican Language and Culture. An advanced course in Spanish composition and conversation that explores the Puerto Rican experience, both historical and contemporary, through film, music, and literature, featuring the novel, Laguna Negra. Focus on improving communication while consolidating grammatical structures and building vocabulary. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Turkish

First-Semester Turkish

CAS LT 111

Introduction to spoken and written Turkish and fundamentals of Turkish grammar, with oral drills and written exercises. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Second-Semester Turkish

CAS LT 112

Prereq: (CAS LT 111) or equivalent. Completes introduction to modern Turkish grammar, with emphasis on development of aural and written comprehension, as well as writing and speaking abilities. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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School of Theology

Hieroglyphs

Middle Egyptian I (Egyptian Hieroglyphs)

STH TO 846

An introduction to the culture of ancient Egypt and to the classical stage of the Egyptian script and language spoken in Ancient Egypt during the Middle Kingdom that remained the standard hieroglyph language down to the Graeco-Roman period. No prerequisites. Undergraduate students are welcome to register. The course also requires approximately six additional hours of class at the Museum of Fine Arts where students read/study pieces of the MFA Egyptian Collection. 4 cr. Tuition: $2240

Summer 1 (May 20-June 19)

Read a BU Today article about this course: One Class, One Day: Reading the Language of the Pharaohs.

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