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Undergraduate Program

Courses in Turkish

Since the Fall 2015 semester, the Department of Religion and Classics has offered Turkish courses. Courses focus on the foundation of Turkish grammar and vocabulary by the use of the four language abilities (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), and the essentials of communication (interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive.)

Check the course schedules/descriptions available via the Registrar's Office for the official schedules for the widest range of terms for which such information is available.

Below you will find a list of all undergraduate courses that have been offered.

NOTE: Not all of these courses are offered in any given year.


TUR 101 ELEMENTARY MODERN TURKISH I

This is the first half of the elementary level of Turkish. In the course, students will gain a close familiarity with Turkish culture through the intensive learning of Turkish language. Turkish is the primary language of instruction.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

TUR 102 ELEMENTARY MODERN TURKISH II

This course is the continuation of TUR 101. In the course, students will continue to gain familiarity with Turkish culture through the intensive learning of Turkish language through speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Turkish is the primary language of instruction.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

TUR 103 INTERMEDIATE TURKISH

This is the first half of the intermediate level of Turkish. Students will improve their Turkish language skills by practicing conversation, engaging with authentic materials for reading and listening, writing short texts, and studying vocabulary and grammar. Prerequisite: TUR 102, or permission of instructor.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

TUR 104 Intermediate Turkish

This is the second half of the intermediate level of Turkish. Students will improve their Turkish language skills by practicing conversation, engaging with authentic materials for reading and listening, writing short texts, and studying vocabulary and grammar. Prerequisite: TUR 103, or permission of instructor.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

TUR 204 Turkish Media and Literature

In this language class students will further develop their Turkish skills, with a focus on reading and discussing authentic texts, viewing Turkish videos and films, listening to music, and writing short essays and engaging in in-depth conversation. The class is conducted in Turkish. Prerequisite: TUR 104, or permission of instructor.

Prerequisites: TUR 104
Last Offered: Fall 2017

TUR 246 Modern Turkish History and Literature

The Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk has gained worldwide recognition for his innovative novels and status as a radical author. As Turkey becomes more central to debates concerning the Middle East and thus more legible on global scale, Pamuk’s novels have become symbols of intense political and cultural repercussions. This semester we will read Pamuk’s novels to trace this writer’s transformation from a national to a global author, and will examine his role as a mediator between the Ottoman past, the Turkish national tradition, and an international canon represented by works (and film adaptations) from Borges, Dostoevsky, Eco, Faulkner, Kafka, Nabokov, and Rushdie. Larger questions of secularism, Islam, collective memory, and cultural translation will be inseparable from our discussions of historiography, intertextuality, orientalism, Sufism, modernism, metafiction, and post-colonialism.

Last Offered: Spring 2018