Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valinor Photography, 2017.
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valinor Photography, 2017.

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian at The University of Chicago

The University of Chicago regularly offers three years of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language study. 

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BCSN 21104/31104 Advanced BCS: Language Through Fiction

(REES 21101, REES 31104)

This one quarter course is designed to help students over one of the most difficult hurdles in language training—the transition from working through lessons in a textbook to reading unedited literary texts. The selected pieces of fiction and the exercises drawn from them engage the language’s structure on every page. Immersed in a complete language experience, students learn how to engage the natural, organic language of literary texts across a variety of styles and themes enabling them to work with ever more challenging material. The course objective is to hone students’ abilities to analyze increasingly complex unrevised texts, identify various styles and registers of the language, and handle linguistically unfamiliar situations in both spoken and written format. Attention is given to improving students’ abilities to paraphrase, narrate, describe, support opinions, hypothesize and discuss abstract topics. Building vocabulary is stressed as a key to making progress, while issues of language structure and grammar are reinforced throughout the course. Classes are conducted in the target language and may be taken for pass/fail. 

The prerequisite is two years of formal study of the target language or the equivalent. 

2020-2021 Autumn
Eastern Europe

BCSN 29910/39910 Special Topics in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I

The course is designed to meet the specific needs of advanced learners of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, including heritage and native speakers, and to foster cross-cultural experiences through interdisciplinary content. The curriculum covers a wide range of topics relative to the students' field of study, research and personal interests. Although grounded in the field of philology, it expands students' knowledge in other disciplines of social and behavioral sciences such as history, anthropology, global studies, economics, political science, sociology, and the like. Attention is given to the ability to paraphrase scholarly arguments, formulate research hypotheses, and present  research in the target language. The course delves into advanced grammatical topics with the goal of increasing proficiency in both aural and reading comprehension, in addition to honing writing and speaking styles. Classes are conducted in BCS. The prerequisite is three years of formal study of the target language or the equivalent.

Classes are conducted in B/C/S; the prerequisite is three years of formal study of the target language or the equivalent.

2020-2021 Autumn