Romance Studies Undergraduate Courses

The James Geddes Language Center includes a language laboratory, classrooms specially equipped for language teaching, and extensive tape production and processing facilities. Use of these facilities, which are located on the fifth floor at 685 Commonwealth Avenue, is required for language courses. An orientation to operation and procedures is given during registration week only.

Note: College of Arts & Sciences students may not use modern foreign language courses to fulfill their humanities requirement. Registered students must attend all classes during the first week of the semester or inform their instructor. Students have one week to add or change courses offered by the Department of Modern Languages & Comparative Literature.

Click on any course title below to read its description. Courses offered in the upcoming semester include a schedule, and are indicated by a label to the right of the title.


For students who have never studied French. Main patterns of grammar, conversation practice, written exercises, and directed compositions. Four hours weekly. Lab required.   [ 4 cr. ]

Be a fast, fun, and flexible Beginning Intermediate French course, LF211 is a continuing French course for recent beginners and for those who have been away from the language for a while. Classes focus attention on grammar, vocabulary, and structure of French, emphasizing the basic communication skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course features a hands-on, task-based approach, and includes an extensive online component.  [ 4 cr. ]

A fast, fun, and flexible Beginning French course which is designed both for those completely new to the language, and for those looking to recover their lost skills. The course features a hands-on, task-based approach, and includes an extensive online component.  [ 4 cr. ]

Prereq:(METLF112) 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. ]


This course provides the practical vocabulary, phrases and grammar structures that you need to communicate with Spanish speaking patients and their family. In order to master these new language skills you will practice them in everyday situations such as answering the phone, greeting patients and family, establishing rapport, conducting a clinical interview, referring a patient to a specialist, giving a diagnosis, giving recommendations on diet, exercise, medications, etcetera. The course will include a variety of interactive situations including role play, audio or video recordings, telephone or video conference, or conversation with invited guests. Segments dedicated to cultural aspects will provide valuable information on Hispanic customs and will help you to better understand your patient?s needs and perceptions. After completing this course you will still need to rely on medical interpreters for more complex interactions and for legal purposes; however, you will be able to ask for and, using a variety of strategies, understand and communicate essential information. You will also have a solid base on which to continue developing your Spanish either formally through classes or informally in continued conversation with your clients and patients.  [ 4 cr. ]

For students who have never studied Spanish. Introduction to grammatical structures and Hispanic culture. Emphasis on aural comprehension, speaking, and pronunciation. Four hours weekly. Lab required.   [ 4 cr. ]

Completes study of basic grammatical structures. Emphasis on speaking and aural comprehension. Readings on contemporary Hispanic culture. Writing assignments. Four hours weekly. Lab required.  [ 4 cr. ]