Turkish is spoken by roughly 150 million people all around the world. Like Finnish and Hungarian, Turkish is an agglutinative language, which means that new particles are added to the end of a base form to generate new words. This means one can easily observe slight changes in meaning and quickly learn new words. It is also one of the most eye-catching characteristics of Turkish.

Turkey is situated in the Northern Hemisphere at the junction of Europe and Asia. The European and Asian sides are divided by the Istanbul Bogazi (Bosphorus), the sea of Marmara and Canakkale Bogazi. The surface area of the country is 814,578 sq km, and the population is approximately 70 million people. Anatolia is a high plateau region rising progressively towards the east, broken by the valleys of about 15 rivers. The mountains in the north and south run parallel to the sea. Due to the diversity in the landscape, Turkey enjoys a variety of climates throughout the country.

Besides Turkey’s magnificent landscape its fascinating history has also made a lasting impression on modern civilization. Political structure in Turkey is based on a secular democratic, pluralist and parliamentary system in which human rights are protected by law and justice. In Turkey one could definitely experience and enjoy an incredible diversity in nature, culture, history, beliefs and ideas.

Courses Offered

TURK 104. Elementary Turkish I (5)
Basic language acquisition, including essentials of grammar, speaking and writing standard (Osmanli) Turkish.
TURK 108. Elementary Turkish II (5)
Continuation of TURK 104. Prerequisite: TURK 104
TURK 204. Intermediate Turkish I (3)
Second-year course in Turkish language with emphasis on reading, composition, and conversation. Prerequisite: TURK108.
TURK 208. Intermediate Turkish II (3)
Continuation of TURK 204. Prerequisite: TURK 204.
TURK 675 Readings in Turkish (3)
Prerequisite: Two years of college-level Turkish and consent of instructor. May be repeated if content varies.


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