Languages

University of California, Berkeley

Languages Taught at Berkeley

This list links to a related course page or to the list below.

A-D

Akkadian

American Indian

American Sign Language
Arabic
Aramaic
Armenian

Avestan
Bengali
Bosnian/Croatian/ Serbian
Breton
Bulgarian
Catalan
Chichewa
Chinese

Coptic
Creole
Czech
Danish

Dutch


 

E-I

Egyptian

English
English (As a Second Language)

English (Old)

Filipino
Finnish
French

German
Greek (Ancient)
Greek (Modern)

Hebrew (Biblical)

Hebrew (Modern)
Hindi
Hittite
Hungarian

Icelandic

Indic
Indonesian

Iranian
Irish (Modern)

Irish (Old & Middle)
Italian


 

J-R

Japanese

Kanji

Khmer
Korean

Latin

Malay
Mandarin
Nahuatl (Ancient)

Norse (Old)
Norwegian

Pahlavi

Persian

Persian (Middle)

Pidgin
Polish
Portuguese

Punjabi

Romanian
Russian


 

S-Z

Sahitya

Sanskrit

Sastraic

Slavic (Old Church)

Sogdian

Spanish

Spanish (Chicano Studies)
Sumerian

Swahili
Swedish

Tamil
Telugu
Thai
Tibetan
Turkish

Ugaritic
Urdu

Vedic
Vietnamese

Welsh (Middle)
Welsh (Modern)

Welsh (Old)
Wolof
Yiddish
Zulu


 

Finding Languages

Many languages taught at Berkeley are housed under larger departments and can be hard to find, so we created this list below.

Akkadian

CUNEIF 100AElementary Akkadian5
CUNEIF 100BElementary Akkadian5
CUNEIF 101ASelected Readings in Akkadian4
CUNEIF 101BSelected Readings in Akkadian4
CUNEIF 200AAdvanced Akkadian3
CUNEIF 200BAdvanced Akkadian3

American Indian

LINGUIS 175American Indian Languages3

American Sign Language

LINGUIS 1AAmerican Sign Language I5
LINGUIS 1BAmerican Sign Language II5
LINGUIS 2AAmerican Sign Language 35
LINGUIS 159The Deaf Community and American Sign Language3
LINGUIS 159LAmerican Sign Language Laboratory2

Aramaic

SEMITIC 100AAramaic3
SEMITIC 100BAramaic3

Avestan

IRANIAN 201AIranian Philology3
IRANIAN 201BIranian Philology3

Breton

CELTIC 102AElementary Breton4
CELTIC 102BAdvanced Breton4

Chichewa

AFRICAM 30AElementary Chichewa4
AFRICAM 30BElementary Chichewa4
AFRICAM 31AIntermediate Chichewa4
AFRICAM 31BIntermediate Chichewa4

Coptic

EGYPT 102AElementary Coptic4
EGYPT 102BElementary Coptic4

Creole

LINGUIS S55The American Languages3
LINGUIS S55XThe American Languages3
LINGUIS 152Pidgin and Creole Languages3

English (Old)

ENGLISH 104Introduction to Old English4
ENGLISH 105Anglo-Saxon England4
ENGLISH 205AOld English4
ENGLISH 205BOld English4

Greek (Ancient)

CLASSIC 28The Classic Myths4
CLASSIC N28The Classic Myths4
CLASSIC 130Topics in Ancient Greek and Roman Culture4
CLASSIC 218Greek Philosophers2-4
CLASSIC 239Topics in Greek or Roman Literature, History, and Culture2-4
CLASSIC 270Seminar in Classical Archaeology2-4

Hebrew (Biblical)

HEBREW 106AElementary Biblical Hebrew3
HEBREW 106BElementary Biblical Hebrew3
HEBREW N106Elementary Biblical Hebrew6
HEBREW 107ABiblical Hebrew Texts3
HEBREW 107BBiblical Hebrew Texts3
HEBREW 111Intermediate Biblical Texts3
HEBREW 201AAdvanced Biblical Hebrew Texts3
HEBREW 206Ancient and Modern Hebrew Literary Texts3

Hittite

CUNEIF 106AElementary Hittite4
CUNEIF 106BElementary Hittite4

Indic

SANSKR 206Middle Indic4

Irish (Modern)

CELTIC 15Elementary Modern Irish4
CELTIC 85Intermediate Modern Irish4
CELTIC 145AIntermediate Irish Language4
CELTIC 145BModern Irish Level Four4

Irish (Old & Middle)

CELTIC 105AOld and Middle Irish4

Kanji

JAPAN 1ASSupplementary Work in Kanji1
JAPAN 1BSSupplementary Work in Kanji1
JAPAN 10ASSupplementary Work in Kanji - Intermediate1
JAPAN 10BSSupplementary Work in Kanji-Intermediate1

Mandarin

CHINESE 1AElementary Chinese5
CHINESE 1XElementary Chinese for Mandarin Speakers4
CHINESE 1YElementary Chinese for Dialect Speakers5
CHINESE 10XIntermediate Chinese for Mandarin Speakers4
CHINESE 10YIntermediate Chinese for Dialect Speakers5
CHINESE 100XAAdvanced Chinese for Mandarin Speakers4
CHINESE 100XBAdvanced Chinese for Mandarin Speakers4
CHINESE 161Structure of the Chinese Language4

Nahuatl

ILA 180Advanced Studies in Indigenous Languages of the Americas3

Norse (Old)

SCANDIN 101AIntroduction to Old Norse I4
SCANDIN 101BIntroduction to Old Norse II4
SCANDIN 125Old Norse Literature4
SCANDIN 201AOld Norse4
SCANDIN 201BNorse Literature4

Pahlavi

IRANIAN 110AMiddle Persian3
IRANIAN 110BMiddle Persian3

Persian (Middle)

IRANIAN 110AMiddle Persian3
IRANIAN 110BMiddle Persian3

Pidgin

LINGUIS S55The American Languages3
LINGUIS S55XThe American Languages3
LINGUIS 152Pidgin and Creole Languages3

Sahitya

SANSKR 101CIntermediate Sanskrit: Sahitya (Literary Sanskrit)5

Sastraic

SANSKR 101BIntermediate Sanskrit: Sastraic (Scientific) Sanskrit5

Slavic (Old Church)

SLAVIC 210Old Church Slavic4

Sogdian

IRANIAN 201AIranian Philology3
IRANIAN 201BIranian Philology3

Spanish (Chicano Studies)

CHICANO 5Intensive Elementary Spanish Language and Latin American Culture5
CHICANO 10Intensive Intermediate Spanish Language and Mexican Culture5

Sumerian

CUNEIF 102AElementary Sumerian4
CUNEIF 102BElementary Sumerian4
CUNEIF 103ASelected Readings in Sumerian3
CUNEIF 103BSelected Readings in Sumerian3

Swahili

AFRICAM 10AIntermediate Swahili4
AFRICAM 10BIntermediate Swahili4
AFRICAM 11AElementary Swahili4
AFRICAM 11BElementary Swahili4
AFRICAM 12Intensive Elementary Swahili8
AFRICAM 15AAdvanced Swahili4
AFRICAM 15BAdvanced Swahili4

Ugaritic

SEMITIC 205AUgaritic3
SEMITIC 205BUgaritic3

Vedic

SANSKR 203Vedic Sanskrit4

Welsh (Middle)

CELTIC 146AMedieval Welsh Language and Literature4
CELTIC 146BMedieval Welsh Language and Literature4

Welsh (Modern)

CELTIC 16Introduction to Modern Welsh4
CELTIC 86Intermediate Modern Welsh4
CELTIC 144AModern Welsh Level 34
CELTIC 144BModern Welsh Level 44

Welsh (Old)

CELTIC 119AWelsh and Arthurian Literature of the Middle Ages4
CELTIC 119BWelsh and Arthurian Literature of the Middle Ages4

Wolof

AFRICAM 7AElementary Wolof4
AFRICAM 7BElementary Wolof4
AFRICAM 8AIntermediate Wolof4
AFRICAM 8BIntermediate Wolof4
AFRICAM 9AAdvanced Wolof4
AFRICAM 9BAdvanced Wolof4

Zulu

AFRICAM 13AElementary Zulu4
AFRICAM 13BElementary Zulu4
AFRICAM 14AIntermediate Zulu4
AFRICAM 14BIntermediate Zulu4
AFRICAM 19AAdvanced Zulu4
AFRICAM 19BAdvanced Zulu4

Academic Opportunities

Berkeley Language Center

The Berkeley Language Center (BLC) is a department in the Division of Arts and Humanities of the College of Letters and Science. The BLC’s mission is to support the learning and teaching of heritage and foreign languages on the Berkeley campus. Students have access to Weekly Film Clips offered in 15 languages, Online Language Lessons, and Lecture Series.

Study Abroad

The Berkeley Study Abroad Program offers opportunities to study in over 45 countries for one semester, for one year or for the summer.

Given the increasing globalization of the world, living abroad helps expand students' understanding of diverse, culturally rooted attitudes and behaviors. Studying abroad enhances cross-cultural awareness, competency, and adaptability. Students find that living and studying abroad expands their perspective, improves critical thinking, increases independence and better prepares them for a career in an increasingly competitive world.

Interested students should obtain the relevant information early in the semester preceding the one in which they plan to go abroad from the Berkeley Study Abroad office, located in 160 Stephens Hall, 510-642-1356, studyabroad@berkeley.edu.

Students should consult with their Undergraduate Adviser before going abroad (whether through Berkeley Study Abroad or through non-UC sponsored programs) in order to determine whether their program of study will count toward their degree program(s).

Contact Information

Departments and the Languages They Teach

African American Studies Department

Chichewa, Swahili, Wolof, Zulu

http://africam.berkeley.edu

africam@berkeley.edu

Celtic Studies Department

Breton, Irish (Modern), Irish (Old and Middle), Welsh (Middle), Welsh (Modern), Welsh (Old)

http://celtic.berkeley.edu/

issa@berkeley.edu

Classics Department

Greek (Ancient), Greek (Modern), Latin

http://classics.berkeley.edu/

East Asian Languages and Cultures Department

Chinese, Japanese, Kanji, Korean, Mandarin, Tibetan

http://ealc.berkeley.edu

ealang@berkeley.edu

English Department

English (Old)

http://english.berkeley.edu/

German Department

German, Dutch, Yiddish

http://german.berkeley.edu

germanic@berkeley.edu

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Teaching and Resource Center

English as a Second Language

http://gsi.berkeley.edu

gsi@berkeley.edu

Italian Studies Department

Italian

http://italian.berkeley.edu/

issa@berkeley.edu

Linguistics Department

American Indian, American Sign Language, Creole, Pidgin

http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/

linginfo@berkeley.edu

Near Eastern Studies Department

Akkadian, Arabic, Aramaic, Avestan, Egyptian, Hebrew (Biblical), Hebrew (Modern), Hittite, Iranian, Pahlavi, Persian, Persian (Middle), Sogdian, Sumerian, Turkish, Ugaritic

http://nes.berkeley.edu/

nes@berkeley.edu

Scandinavian Department

Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norse (Old), Swedish

http://scandinavian.berkeley.edu/

issa@berkeley.edu

Slavic Languages and Literature Department

Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slavic (Old Church)

http://slavic.berkeley.edu

issa@berkeley.edu

South and Southeast Asian Studies Department

Bengali, Filipino, Hindi, Indic, Khmer, Malay/Indonesian, Punjabi, Sahitya, Sanskrit, Sastraic, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Urdu, Vedic, Vietnamese

http://sseas.berkeley.edu/

Spanish and Portuguese Department

Catalan, Czech, Nahuatl, Portuguese, Spanish, Spanish (Chicano Studies)

http://spanish-portuguese.berkeley.edu/

gspa@berkeley.edu

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