The Department of South Asian Studies offers regular instruction in a variety of South Asian languages including Hindi-Urdu, Nepali, Pali, Sanskrit, Tamil, Thai, and Tibetan. Bahasa Indonesia, Bengali, and Burmese are also offered through our language tutorial program. As South Asia emerges as a global cultural, economic, and political power, the study of South Asian languages is becoming increasingly important for understanding our contemporary world. A study of these languages is also essential for developing a critical understanding of the diverse cultures, histories, and literatures of South Asia. Our language courses take place in small, exciting sections that are infused with a spirit of cooperation. No prior exposure to a South Asian language is expected and most of our students are true beginners.
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