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Introduction To Sanskrit

Instructor: Professor Mark McClish
(Winter 2023 & Spring 2023)

Religion 305-1 and Religion 305-2 are a two course sequence intended to provide basic facility reading the Sanskrit language. The courses cover the Devanagari syllabary as well as Sanskrit vocabulary, grammar, and syntax. Throughout the course, we emphasize reading comprehension, starting with simple Sanskrit passages and building toward the ability to read actual Sanskrit texts, such as the Bhagavad Gītā and the Mahābhārata.

Important information about these courses:

If there is sufficient demand, students who complete REL 305-1 and 305-2 will be eligible to enroll in Intermediate Sanskrit courses next year. Students who complete this sequence will also be able to join our informal Sanskrit reading group after they have completed both courses.