Languages and Cultures

Languages and Cultures:
Essential for the Educated Individual

Our standards for General Educationa and Assessment are based on those established by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines

ACTFL National Standards

General Education Courses in Languages and Cultures

Approved General Education Courses at BU

Approved General Education Courses in the Department of Languages and Cultures

LANGCULT 200 Comparative Cultural Studies Examines the dynamic processes by which our direct interaction with foreign cultural products– language, texts, performances and other representation systems –influence how we, as language learners, see and understand the world and our place in it. LANGCULT 200 presents world culture in its historical contexts through lectures, projects and discussions. LANGCULT 200 is required for all students majoring in Languages and Cultures. There are no prerequisites for LANGCULT 200. Course is offered in alternating semesters.

ARABIC 102 Arabic II (3) - Develops further the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing to a proficiency level regarded as basic communication in Arabic. ARABIC 102 is for students who wish to continue studying Arabic at the second level. Students earn two General Education Points for Basic Communication in a Second Language and one General Education Point for Cultures and Diversity. General Education Goal 8 may also be satisfied through placement testing as approved by the Department of Languages and Cultures. Generally, students with two or more years of ARABIC in high school would be able to satisfy General Education Goal 8 by taking the placement test. Arabic language study is taught in its cultural context, including history, culture, diversity, and comparison with students’ native culture. Practice in language laboratory and / or use of electronic language-learning media is required. Students must have passed ARABIC 101 or the equivalent in order to enroll in ARABIC 102. ARABIC 102 is offered every semester. This course satisfies 2 GEPs for Goal 8: Basic Communication in a Second Language and 1 GEP for Goal 4: Culture and Diversity.

CHINESE 102 Chinese II (3) - Develops further the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing to a proficiency level regarded as basic communication in Chinese. CHINESE 102 is for students who have completed CHINESE 101 or the equivalent. Students earn two General Education Points for Basic Communication in a Second Language and one General Education Point for Cultures and Diversity. Chinese language study is taught in its cultural context, including history, culture, diversity, and comparison with students’ native culture. Practice in language laboratory and / or use of electronic language-learning media is required. Students must have passed CHINESE 101 or the equivalent in order to enroll in CHINESE 102. CHINESE 102 is offered every semester. This course satisfies 2 GEPs for Goal 8: Basic Communication in a Second Language and 1 GEP for Goal 4: Culture and Diversity.

FRENCH 102 French II (3) - Develops further the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing to a proficiency level regarded as basic communication in French. FRENCH 102 is for students who wish to continue studying French at the second level. Students earn two General Education Points for Basic Communication in a Second Language and one General Education Point for Cultures and Diversity. General Education Goal 8 may also be satisfied through placement testing as approved by the Department of Languages and Cultures. Generally, students with two or more years of French in high school would be able to satisfy General Education Goal 8 by taking the placement test. French language study is taught in its cultural context, including history, culture, diversity, and comparison with students’ native culture. Practice in language laboratory and / or use of electronic language-learning media is required. Students must have passed FRENCH 101 or the equivalent in order to enroll in FRENCH 102. FRENCH 102 is offered every semester. This course satisfies 2 GEPs for Goal 8: Basic Communication in a Second Language and 1 GEP for Goal 4: Culture and Diversity.

GERMAN 102 German II (3) - Develops further the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing to a proficiency level regarded as basic communication in German. GERMAN 102 is for students who have completed GERMAN 101 or the equivalent. Students earn two General Education Points for Basic Communication in a Second Language and one General Education Point for Cultures and Diversity. German language study is taught in its cultural context, including history, culture, diversity, and comparison with students’ native culture. Practice in language laboratory and / or use of electronic language-learning media is required. Students must have passed GERMAN 101 or the equivalent in order to enroll in GERMAN 102. GERMAN 102 is offered every semester. This course satisfies 2 GEPs for Goal 8: Basic Communication in a Second Language and 1 GEP for Goal 4: Culture and Diversity.

ITALIAN 102 Italian II (3) - Develops further the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing to a proficiency level regarded as basic communication in Italian. ITALIAN 102 is for students who have completed ITALIAN 101 or the equivalent. Students earn two General Education Points for Basic Communication in a Second Language and one General Education Point for Cultures and Diversity. Italian language study is taught in its cultural context, including history, culture, diversity, and comparison with students’ native culture. Practice in language laboratory and / or use of electronic language-learning media is required. Students must have passed ITALIAN 101 or the equivalent in order to enroll in ITALIAN 102. ITALIAN 102 is offered every semester. This course satisfies 2 GEPs for Goal 8: Basic Communication in a Second Language and 1 GEP for Goal 4: Culture and Diversity.

RUSSIAN 102 Russian II (Spring) (3) - Develops further the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing to a proficiency level regarded as basic communication in Russian. RUSSIAN 102 is for students who have completed RUSSIAN 101 or the equivalent. Students earn two General Education Points for Basic Communication in a Second Language and one General Education Point for Cultures and Diversity. Russian language study is taught in its cultural context, including history, culture, diversity, and comparison with students’ native culture. Practice in language laboratory and / or use of electronic language-learning media is required. Students must have passed RUSSIAN 101 or the equivalent in order to enroll in RUSSIAN 102. RUSSIAN 102 is offered every semester. This course satisfies 2 GEPs for Goal 8: Basic Communication in a Second Language and 1 GEP for Goal 4: Culture and Diversity.

SPANISH 102: Spanish II (3) - Develops further the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing to a proficiency level regarded as basic communication in Spanish. SPANISH 102 is for students who have completed SPANISH 101 or the equivalent. Students earn two General Education Points for Basic Communication in a Second Language and one General Education Point for Cultures and Diversity. Spanish language study is taught in its cultural context, including history, culture, diversity, and comparison with students’ native culture. Practice in language laboratory and / or use of electronic language-learning media is required. Students must have passed SPANISH 101 or the equivalent in order to enroll in SPANISH 102. SPANISH 102 is offered every semester. This course satisfies 2 GEPs for Goal 8: Basic Communication in a Second Language and 1 GEP for Goal 4: Culture and Diversity.


CHINESE 211 Foundations of Chinese Civilization (Fall) (3) - Imparts knowledge about the history of Chinese culture and civilization. Students gain insights in the cultural history of China, including geography, society, politics, philosophy, art, literature, and the sciences in their historical contexts. CHINESE 211 is intended for students seeking an introductory course on Chinese culture. CHINESE 211 is taught in English and presents Chinese culture in its historical contexts through lectures, projects and discussions. CHINESE 211 satisfies General Educational requirements and partially fulfills requirements for the Chinese minor. There are no prerequisites for CHINESE 211. CHINESE 211 is offered in alternating semesters. This course satisfies 2 GEPs for Goal 4: Culture and Diversity and 1 GEP for Goal 7 Arts and Humanities.

CHINESE 212 China Today (Spring) (3) - Presents contemporary Chinese culture and civilization with emphasis on art, literature, ideas, recent historical events, and cultural exchanges. Intended for students seeking an introductory course on Chinese culture. Students gain insights in contemporary Chinese culture, including its geography, society, politics, philosophy, art, literature, and the sciences. Course is taught in English through lectures, projects, discussions, readings, and audio-visual media. CHINESE 212 partially fulfills the requirements for the Chinese Minor. Course is offered in alternating semesters. This course satisfies 2 GEPs for Goal 4: Culture and Diversity and 1 GEP for Goal 7 Arts and Humanities.

FRENCH 211 Foundations of French Culture and Civilization (Fall) (3) - Presents the history of French culture and civilization from its beginnings to the French Revolution, with emphasis on art, literature, ideas, historical events, and cultural exchanges. Intended for students seeking an introductory course on French culture. Students gain insights in the cultural history of France and Francophone cultures, including geography, society, politics, philosophy, art, literature, and the sciences. Course is taught in English through lectures, projects, discussions, readings, and audio-visual media. FRENCH 211 partially fulfills the requirements for the French Minor. Course is offered in alternating semesters. This course satisfies 2 GEPs for Goal 4: Culture and Diversity and 1 GEP for Goal 7 Arts and Humanities.

FRENCH 212 France Today (3) - Presents contemporary French and Francophone cultures and civilizations with emphasis on art, literature, ideas, recent historical events, and cultural exchanges. Intended for students seeking an introductory course on French-speaking cultures. Students gain insights in contemporary French and Francophone cultures, including geography, society, politics, philosophy, art, literature, and the sciences. Course is taught in English through lectures, projects, discussions, readings, and audio-visual media. FRENCH 212 partially fulfills the requirements for the French Minor. Course is offered in alternating semesters. This course satisfies 2 GEPs for Goal 4: Culture and Diversity and 1 GEP for Goal 7 Arts and Humanities.

GERMAN 212 German Culture and Civilization II (3) - Presents the history of German culture and civilization from 1800 to the present, with emphasis on art, literature, ideas, historical events, and cultural exchanges. Intended for students seeking an introductory course on German culture. Students gain insights in the cultural history of German culture, including geography, society, politics, philosophy, art, literature, and the sciences. Course is taught in English through lectures, projects, discussions, readings, and audio-visual media. GERMAN 212 partially fulfills the requirements for the German Minor. Course is offered in alternating semesters. This course satisfies 2 GEPs for Goal 4: Culture and Diversity and 1 GEP for Goal 7 Arts and Humanities.

SPANISH 211: Spanish Culture and Civilization (Fall) (3) - Presents the history of Spanish culture and civilization from its beginnings to the present, with emphasis on art, literature, ideas, historical events, and cultural exchanges. Intended for students seeking an introductory course on Spanish culture. Students gain insights in the cultural history of Spain, including geography, society, politics, philosophy, art, literature, and the sciences. Course is taught in English through lectures, projects, discussions, readings, and audio-visual media. SPANISH 211 partially fulfills the requirements for the Spanish Minor. Course is offered in alternating semesters. This course satisfies 2 GEPs for Goal 4: Culture and Diversity and 1 GEP for Goal 7 Arts and Humanities.

SPANISH 212: Spanish-American Culture and Civilization (Spring) (3) Presents the history of Spanish American culture and civilization from its beginnings to the present, with emphasis on art, literature, ideas, historical events, and cultural exchanges. Intended for students seeking an introductory course on Spanish American culture. Students gain insights in the cultural history of Spanish America, including geography, society, politics, philosophy, art, literature, and the sciences. Course is taught in English through lectures, projects, discussions, readings, and audio-visual media. SPANISH 212 partially fulfills the requirements for the Spanish Minor. Course is offered in alternating semesters. This course satisfies 2 GEPs for Goal 4: Culture and Diversity and 1 GEP for Goal 7 Arts and Humanities.