Languages

Colleges: College of Arts & Sciences | School of Theology

Courses in: Arabic | Chinese | Comparative Literature | French | German | Hieroglyphs | Italian | Japanese | Korean | Latin | Linguistics | Russian | Spanish

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.

Arabic

Elementary Modern Arabic I

CAS LY 111

The essentials of Modern Standard Arabic, the form used in public communications throughout the Arab world. Listening, speaking, reading, writing. 4 cr. Tuition: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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Elementary Modern Arabic II

CAS LY 112

Prereq: (CAS LY 111). The essentials of Modern Standard Arabic, the form used in public communications throughout the Arab world. Listening, speaking, reading, writing. 4 cr. Tuition: $2640

Summer 2 (July 3-August 10)

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Chinese

First-Semester Chinese

CAS LC 111

Online offering. Essentials of structure, oral practice, introduction to the writing system. 4 cr. Tuition: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

For information about technology requirements for online courses at Boston University, see bu.edu/online/online-learning/technology. The Distance Education office can be reached at 617-358-1960 for additional information.

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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: $2640

Summer 2 (July 3-August 10)

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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: $5280

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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Topics in Chinese Culture (in English translation)

CAS LC 286

Topic for Summer 2017: 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: $2640

Summer 1 (May 24-June 29)

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Topics in Chinese Culture

CAS LC 286

Topic for Summer 2017: Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy. Prereq: 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: $2640

Summer 1 (May 24-June 29)

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Comparative Literature

Topics in Japanese Literature

CAS LJ 451

Topic for Summer 2017: Japanese Popular Culture. Modern Japanese popular culture including manga, anime, fantasy, Takarazuka theater, and detective fiction. Works by Murakami Haruki, Edogawa Rampo, and Tezuka Osamu. In English translation. 4 cr. Tuition: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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Topics in Russian Literature

CAS LR 388

Topic for Summer 2017: Russian Cinema in a Global Context. Russian films from the pre-revolutionary era; the exciting, world-renowned decade of radical cinematic experimentation in the twenties; the periods of Socialist Realism, WWII, the Thaw, Stagnation, and Perestroika; and, finally, the post-Soviet era. Readings may include Viktor Shklovsky, Sergei Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Sergei Parajanov. In English; films with English subtitles. 4 cr. Tuition: $2640

Summer 1 (May 24-June 30)

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Film and Identity in the Islamic World

CAS XL 315

Topic for Summer 2017: Tradition and Modernity in Iranian Literature and Film. Explores the transition from tradition to modernity in Iranian society by examining its depiction in film and literature. Topics include societal strain brought about by urbanization, class struggles, and the role of women in society. 4 cr. Tuition: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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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: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

Summer 2 (July 3-August 10)

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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: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

Summer 2 (July 3-August 10)

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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: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

Summer 2 (July 3-August 10)

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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: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

Summer 2 (July 3-August 10)

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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: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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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: $2640

Summer 2 (July 3-August 10)

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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: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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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: $2640

Summer 2 (July 3-August 10)

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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: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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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: $2640

Summer 2 (July 3-August 10)

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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: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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Second-Semester Japanese

CAS LJ 112

Prereq: (CAS LJ 111) or equivalent. Introduction to spoken and written Japanese and to fundamentals of Japanese grammar with oral drills and written exercises. 4 cr. Tuition: $2640

Summer 2 (July 3-August 10)

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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: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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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: $2640

Summer 2 (July 3-August 10)

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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. 4 cr. Tuition: $2640

Twelve-week course (May 23-August 11)

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Topics in Japanese Literature

CAS LJ 451

Topic for Summer 2017: Japanese Popular Culture. Modern Japanese popular culture including manga, anime, fantasy, Takarazuka theater, and detective fiction. Works by Murakami Haruki, Edogawa Rampo, and Tezuka Osamu. In English translation. 4 cr. Tuition: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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Korean

First-Semester Korean

CAS LK 111

For beginners or according to placement exam. Fundamentals of Korean speaking, listening, reading, writing. 4 cr. Tuition: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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Latin

Intensive Latin

CAS CL 115

Intensive Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, equivalent to the two-semester introductory Latin sequence (CAS CL 111/112) and covered in a single summer session. Completion of this course prepares students for second-year Latin courses (CAS CL 211/212). 6 cr. Tuition: $3960

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

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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: $2640

Summer 2 (July 3-August 11)

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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: $5280

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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Topics in Russian Literature

CAS LR 388

Topic for Summer 2017: Russian Cinema in a Global Context. Russian films from the pre-revolutionary era; the exciting, world-renowned decade of radical cinematic experimentation in the twenties; the periods of Socialist Realism, WWII, the Thaw, Stagnation, and Perestroika; and, finally, the post-Soviet era. Readings may include Viktor Shklovsky, Sergei Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Sergei Parajanov. In English; films with English subtitles. 4 cr. Tuition: $2640

Summer 1 (May 24-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: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

Summer 2 (July 3-August 10)

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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: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

Summer 2 (July 3-August 10)

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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: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

Summer 2 (July 3-August 10)

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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: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

Summer 2 (July 3-August 10)

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Spanish Literature & the Arts

CAS LS 307

Topic for Summer 2017: La Movida Madrileña. Prereq: (CAS LS 212) or Spanish SAT subject test score of 560 or higher, or placement test results. Advanced Spanish course through the exploration of the music, literature and visual arts of “La Movida”, a cultural phenomenon during the late 70s that conveyed the spirit of freedom and liberation in Spain after Franco’s death. 4 cr. Tuition: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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Spanish Literature & the Arts

CAS LS 307

Topic for Summer 2017: Reacting and Recovering from Dictatorship. Prereq: (CAS LS 212) or Spanish SAT subject test score of 560 or higher, or placement test results. How does culture respond to autocratic government? This course examines responses to dictatorships in the Hispanic world through paintings, literature, film, and music, and investigates how culture creates a space for social justice. 4 cr. Tuition: $2640

Summer 2 (July 3-August 10)

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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 which became the standard hieroglyphic language until the Graeco-Roman period. The course also requires approximately four additional hours of class at the Museum of Fine Arts where students study pieces of the MFA Egyptian Collection. No prerequisites. Undergraduate students are welcome to register. 3 cr. Tuition: $2439

Summer 1 (May 23-June 22)

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

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