Languages

Colleges: College of Arts & Sciences | School of Theology

Courses in: Arabic | Chinese | French | Hieroglyphics | Italian | Japanese | Korean | Latin | 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. For hours and additional information, see the Geddes website.

Arabic

Elementary Modern Arabic 1

CAS LY 111

Advances proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic to the Beginner Mid level. Expands vocabulary repertoire. Students practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing using engaging materials and real-life communicative activities. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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Elementary Modern Arabic 2

CAS LY 112

Prereq: (CAS LY 111). Advances proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic to the Beginner High level. Expands vocabulary repertoire. Students practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing using engaging materials and real-life communicative activities. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

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War in Arab Literature and Film

CAS LY 284

Studies how Arab writers and filmmakers depict the wars that have shaped the region (1948, 1967, Lebanese Civil, Iran-Iraq, Iraq, Syria, "war on terror"). Also considers writers from the "other side" of those wars (Israeli, Iranian, American, etc.). Readings in English. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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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: $2800; technology fee: $240; total charge: $3040

Summer 1 (May 21-June 28)

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). Online offering. Essentials of structure, oral practice, introduction to the writing system. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800; technology fee: $240; total charge: $3040

Summer 2 (July 1-August 9)

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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Screening Modern China

CAS LC 287

Major Chinese films interpreted in light of modern Chinese history and culture. Focuses on questions of national and cultural identity in films from the 1980s to the present day by directors from Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. In English. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 2 (July 2-August 8)

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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: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

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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: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

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Third-Semester French

CAS LF 211

Prereq: (CAS LF 112) or placement test results. Advances proficiency in speaking, writing, reading, and listening in a communicative classroom setting. Grammar is studied in context, through thematic discussions on topics such as daily life and Francophone culture, through short readings, and through diverse written tasks. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

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Fourth-Semester French

CAS LF 212

Prereq: (CAS LF 211) or placement test results. Advances four skills proficiency in a communicative classroom setting. Grammar is used in context through thematic discussions, the reading of a short novel, and in diverse written tasks. Fulfills CAS language requirement, prepares for Level 1 Advanced Courses (CAS LF 307 -- LF 311). This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

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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 students who have never studied Italian, or by placement test results. Introduction to grammatical structures used in written exercises. Emphasis on aural comprehension, speaking, and pronunciation. Readings on contemporary Italian culture. Meets four days a week. Lab required. (If CAS LI 131 or a more advanced college-level course has been completed, this course cannot be taken for credit.) 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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Second-Semester Italian

CAS LI 112

Prereq: (CAS LI 111) or placement test results. Continues study of basic grammatical structures used in written assignments. Emphasis on speaking, aural comprehension, and pronunciation. Readings on contemporary Italian culture. Meets four days a week. Lab required. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

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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 wish to continue study of grammatical structures. Emphasis on speaking, pronunciation, and aural comprehension. Reading about Italian culture and contemporary short stories. Compositions and oral assessments including interviews and/or presentations. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 22-June 27)

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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. Intensive practice of spoken and written language. More advanced readings from Italian culture. Writing involving more complex grammatical and syntactical patterns. Oral assessments including interviews and/or presentations. Satisfactory completion of CAS LI 212 fulfills the CAS language requirement. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

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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: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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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: $2800

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

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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: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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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. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

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Modern Japanese Culture in Cinema (in English translation)

CAS LJ 283

Japanese film from the silent era to contemporary animation, with attention to the intersection of cinematic and cultural analysis and genres such as yakuza movies. Directors studied may include Ozu, Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, and Miyazaki Hayao. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 22-June 26)

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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: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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Latin

Latin 1

CAS CL 111

Introduction to grammar, forms, and vocabulary of classical Latin. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 22-June 27)

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

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Russian

Russian 1

CAS LR 111

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. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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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: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 28)

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

Summer 1 Section OL. A $240 technology fee is also charged.

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 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: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

Summer 2 Section OL. A $240 technology fee is also charged.
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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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: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

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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. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

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Spanish Through Literature and the Arts

CAS LS 307

Topic for Summer 2019: Women in the Spanish-speaking world. Prereq: (CAS LS 212) or Spanish SAT subject test score of 560 or higher, or placement test results. Advanced Spanish course that studies how Hispanic women's social roles and identity have evolved throughout the 20th century, and into the 21st. Issues discussed include personal and power relations, her social role, and immigration. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing- intensive Course, Oral and/or Signed Communication. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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Spanish Through Film and New Media

CAS LS 308

Topic for Summer 2019: The Road Movie. Prereq: (CAS LS 212) or Spanish SAT subject test score of 560 or higher, or placement test results. Explores how films from Spanish-speaking countries reveal quests for change and lead to cross-cultural (mis)communication around a number of themes. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing-intensive Course, Oral and/or Signed Communication. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

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School of Theology

Hieroglyphics

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 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: $2589

Summer 1 (May 21-June 26)

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

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