Courses overview

Courses with no pre-requisites

The beginners’ language courses and Linguistics 201 serve as entry points into the programs administered by our School.

We also offer a number of no-prerequisite courses of broad interest taught in the official languages.


Muslim Civilization I

ALMC 317

Muslim Civilization II

ALMC 319

Cinema of Muslim Societies

ALMC 358

Literature of Muslim Societies

ALMC 360

Topics in Chinese Civilizations

CHIN 317

Chinese Literature in Translation

CHIN 355

Topics in Chinese Film

CHIN 357

An Introduction to Cultural Traditions

CEST 313

Understanding Contemporary East Asia

EAST 201

Francophonie: Langue et Culture I

FREN 291

Made in Germany

GERM 200

Topics in German Culture

GERM 317

Topics in Film

GERM 357

German Texts in Translation

GERM 359

Italian Culture and Literature

ITAL 317

Topics in Italian Masterpieces: Film and Literature

ITAL 399

Introduction to Japanese Popular Culture

JPNS 201

Topics in Japanese Civilization

JPNS 317

Critical Approaches to Manga and Anime

JPNS 323

Japanese Video Games and Gaming Culture

JPNS 325

Modern Japanese Literature in Translation

JPNS 327

Introduction to Second Language Learning

LANG 200

Modern English Grammar

LING 221

Language and Advertising

LING 223

Varieties of English

LING 225

Rap Linguistics

LING 227

Language and Power

LING 309

Topics in Romance Cutlure

ROST 299

Italian Literature of the Renaissance

ROST 341

Topics in Romance Languages

ROST 399

Topics in Russian Civilization and Thought

RUSS 317

Russian Literature in Translation

RUSS 355

Perspectives on Eastern Europe

SLAV 356

Related areas of specialization

Learn more about our major, minor and supplemental areas of study. Find out what activities we offer and how we're connected to cultural and language communities.

 

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Arabic Language and Muslim Cultures

Canada’s political, social, and cultural life is shaped by our diplomatic and economic involvement in the Muslim world. Study one of the world's oldest living languages.

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Chinese

Open a window into one of the world's most ancient civilizations. You can choose to take Chinese courses towards the completion of an East Asian Language Studies major (concentration in Chinese), Chinese minor, or to fulfill other degree program requirements.

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French and Francophone Studies

Examine French language, literature, culture, art and history. You can choose to take courses towards the completion of a major, minor, graduate degree, or to fulfill other degree program requirements. Explore travel study. Gain the ability to communicate fluently in French.

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German

Germany is the European Union’s largest and strongest economy and fourth largest economy in the world. You can choose to take courses towards the completion of a major, minor, graduate degree, or to fulfill other degree program requirements.

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Indigenous Languages

The Indigenous languages of Alberta are fascinating, unique, and have a rich linguistic heritage here in Western Canada. Neighbouring British Columbia is home to no less than thirty languages representing eight different language families or isolates. 

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Italian Studies

Study Italian language, literature, culture, art and history. You can choose to take courses towards the completion of a major, minor, or to fulfill other degree program requirements. Explore travel study and engage with the Italian community.

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Japanese Language and Cultures

Japan has been steadily increasing in global recognition. Over 126 million people speak Japanese today. You can choose to take Japanese courses towards the completion of an East Asian Language Studies major (concentration in Japanese), Japanese minor, or to fulfill other degree program requirements.

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Linguistics

As long as people keep talking and writing, and languages continue to change and evolve, there will always be a need for linguists to study how and why people speak the way they do.

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Russian

Russia is the largest country on Earth, and a powerful force on the international stage. You can choose to take courses towards the completion of a major, minor, or to fulfill other degree program requirements.

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Spanish

Study Spanish language, literature, culture, art and history. You can choose to take courses towards the completion of a major, minor, graduate degree, or to fulfill other degree program requirements.

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