Subject: Sanskrit
Credit units: 3
Offered: Either Term 1 or Term 2
Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
College: Arts and Science
Department: Linguistics


Sanskrit, as one of the world’s ancient languages, belongs to the Aryan or Indo-Iranian language family. It has been the sacred language of a few Indian religions namely Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism and many literatures of these religions flourished in Sanskrit. It has also been considered as one of the mother/source languages of many South Asian languages such as Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, and Sinhalese etc. This course is designed to improve students’ basic familiarity with Sanskrit reading, writing and grammar. SNSK 114:3 or equivalent is required to succeed in this course. In addition to basic Sanskrit grammar, students are expected to learn various declensions of nouns and conjugations of verbs. Knowledge of the past, present and future tenses will be enriched with imperative and potential moods. Students will be trained to read, comprehend and translate select hymns and passages from Sanskrit classical literature with the help of a dictionary.

Prerequisite(s): SNSK 114 or equivalent.
Note: Students with credit for SNSK 101.6 may not take SNSK 117 for credit.

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