98-99 University Bulletin Entry for:

Foreign Language

(file last updated: [8/10/1998 - 15:28:30])


Knowledge of a foreign language is intrinsicto a sound education in the liberal arts. Language not only definescultural identity, but also constitutes the basis of the literaryand philosophical heritage that is at the heart of advanced learningin the humanities. Stepping into another language enriches theimagination by offering fresh insights, perspectives that challengeunexamined habits of mind, and the simple adventure of gainingaccess to an alien way of life and thought.

Brandeis requires its undergraduates to commanda certain degree of proficiency in the use of one foreign language,either ancient or modern. The requirement is satisfied when thestudent has sucessfully completed and passed a 30-level (or higher)course with a letter grade. The customary progression for languagecourse work done at the University is three semesters comprisingthe 10-, 20-, and 30-level course sequence. The number of classhours required per week in any given course may vary dependingon departmental requirements.

Below is a list of the language programsof study available at Brandeis with the basic course sequencefor satisfying the language requirement. Additional courses beyondthe basic sequence can be found in the course listings for eachof these programs.

Basic Language Sequences

Arabic 10a, 20b, 30a

Chinese 10a, 20b, 30a

French 10a, 20b, and one of the following:

31a, 32a, 33a, 34a

German 10a, 20b, and 30a or 39a (Honors)

Greek (Ancient) 10a, 20b, 30a

Hebrew 10a, 20b, 31a, 34a, 34b

Italian 10a, 20b, 30a

Japanese 10a, 20b, 30a

Latin 10a, 20b, 30a

Persian 10a, 20b, 30a

Russian 10a, 20b, 30a

Spanish 10a, 20b, and one of the following:

31a, 32a, 33a, 34a

Yiddish 10a, 20b, 30a