Languages

Colleges: College of Arts & Sciences | School of Theology

Courses in: Akkadian | Amharic | Arabic | Chinese | Comparative Literature | French | German | Greek, Modern | Hieroglyphs | Igbo | Italian | Japanese | Korean | Linguistics | Russian | Spanish | Zulu

College of Arts & Sciences

The Geddes Language Center includes a language laboratory equipped with specialized software and hardware, multimedia classrooms, two video viewing rooms, audio and video studios, and extensive digital media 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.

Akkadian

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: $2560

Summer 1 (June 13-July 8)

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Amharic 2

CAS LD 112

Prereq: (CAS LD 111) or consent of instructor. Continuation of CAS LD 111. Second semester four-skills Amharic course leading to proficiency in oral expression, listening comprehension, reading, cultural understanding, and writing using the Amharic alphabet. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 2 (July 11-August 5)

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Amharic 3

CAS LD 211

Prereq: (CAS LD 112) or consent of instructor. This third-semester four-skill Amharic course develops competence and confidence in the use of Amharic in reading, writing, speaking and listening in culturally acceptable ways. Students learn to communicate at an intermediate mid level of proficiency. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (June 13-July 8)

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Amharic 4

CAS LD 212

Prereq: (CAS LD 211) or consent of instructor. This fourth-semester four-skill Amharic course develops competence and confidence in use of Amharic in reading, writing, speaking and listening in culturally acceptable ways. Students learn to communicate at an intermediate high level of proficiency. Satisfactory completion of LD 212 fulfills the CAS language requirement. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 2 (July 11-August 5)

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Arabic

Elementary Modern Arabic I

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: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

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Elementary Modern Arabic II

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: $2560

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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Chinese

First-Semester Chinese

CAS LC 111

Essentials of structure, oral practice, introduction to the writing system. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

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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: $2560

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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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: $5120

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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Topics in Chinese Culture (in English translation)

CAS LC 286

Topic for Summer 2016: 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: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

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Topics in Chinese Culture

CAS LC 286

Topic for Summer 2016: Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy. Prerequisite: second year Chinese. Learn the history of the Chinese writing system and gain insights into the historical developments of Chinese calligraphy. Through practice, gain basic knowledge and skills required for a Chinese calligrapher. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

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Comparative Literature

Topics in Japanese Literature

CAS LJ 451

Topic for Summer 2016: The Supernatural. Explores how ghosts, monsters, and the mysterious respond to such problems as gender, modernization, war memory, and disaster in Japanese cinema, literature, and history. Readings in English, films with subtitles. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 24-June 30)

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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 about 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: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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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: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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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: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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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: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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German

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: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

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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: $2560

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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Greek, Modern

Beginning Modern Greek 1

CAS CG 111

Pre-req: for beginners only. Course may not be elected by anyone with previous study of modern Greek without consent of the department. Provides a basic reading knowledge of modern Greek (demotic) and introduces students to the spoken language. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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Igbo

Igbo 1

CAS LD 119

First semester four-skill Igbo course leading to proficiency in oral expression, listening comprehension, reading, writing, and cultural understanding. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (June 13-July 8)

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Igbo 2

CAS LD 120

Prereq: (CAS LD 119) or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Continuation of CAS LD 119. Second semester four-skills Igbo course leading to proficiency in oral expression, listening comprehension, reading, cultural understanding, and writing. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 2 (July 11-August 5)

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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 about 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 placement examination results. Grammar, conversation practice, written exercises, and 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: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

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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, and compositions. Conducted in Italian. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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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: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

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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, and conversation. Satisfactory completion of CAS LI 212 fulfills the CAS language requirement. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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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: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

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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: $2560

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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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: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

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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: $2560

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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Intensive Kanji 1

CAS LJ 385

Prereq: (CAS LJ 211) or more than 300 Kanji. Online offering. Supplements vocabulary and idiom for students beyond third-semester Japanese. Students learn to read and write the 1006 Kyoiku Kanji and recognize an additional 1130 Joyo Kanji in everyday Japanese. Concurrent enrollment in a four-skills language course encouraged. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Twelve-week course (May 23-August 12)

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Topics in Japanese Literature

CAS LJ 451

Topic for Summer 2016: The Supernatural. Explores how ghosts, monsters, and the mysterious respond to such problems as gender, modernization, war memory, and disaster in Japanese cinema, literature, and history. Readings in English, films with subtitles. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 24-June 30)

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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: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

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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: $2560

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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Linguistics

Origins of Writing

CAS LX 205

Overview of the world's major writing systems: Egyptian and Mayan hieroglyphs; Sumerian and Akkadian cuneiform; West Semitic consonantal scripts (abjads); East Asian scripts; runes; Greek and Roman alphabets. Considerable linguistic component supplemented by historical information about ancient languages and cultures. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-July 1)

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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: $5120

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

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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 about 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: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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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: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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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: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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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: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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Spanish Literature & the Arts

CAS LS 307

Topic for Summer 2016: What Makes Spaniards Laugh? Prereq: (CAS LS 212) or Spanish SAT subject test score of 560 or higher, or placement test results. Advanced language through analysis of what makes Spaniards laugh and the role that humor plays in Spanish society. Delves into contemporary Spain while exploring the use of humorous resources in everyday life situations to communicate more effectively, efficiently and persuasively. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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Spanish Film & Media

CAS LS 308

Topic for Summer 2016: Passion, Politics, and Prayer. Prereq: (CAS LS 212) or Spanish SAT subject test score of 560 or higher, or placement test results. Advanced Spanish language and Hispanic cultures through the study of film. Improves oral and written proficiency with cinematographic trips through new landscapes, fantastic experiences, and dramatic narratives. Watch the films by night, and discuss and write about them by day. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

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Zulu

Zulu 1

CAS LD 115

First semester four-skill Zulu course leading to proficiency in oral expression, listening comprehension, reading, writing, and cultural understanding. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (June 13-July 8)

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Zulu 2

CAS LD 116

Prereq: (CAS LD 115) or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Continuation of CAS LD 115. Second semester four-skills Zulu course leading to proficiency in oral expression, listening comprehension, reading, cultural understanding, and writing. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 2 (July 11-August 5)

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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 Greco-Roman period. 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. No prerequisites. Undergraduate students are welcome to register. 4 cr. Tuition: $2364

Summer 2 (July 12-August 11)

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

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