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Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies

Language Contact and Email Address:

Shiv Subramaniam 

Sanskrit was the translocal language of religious, intellectual, and literary life in South Asia for nearly two millennia. Sanskrit at Columbia is offered at elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels. The Elementary sequence equips students with the grammar, reading strategies, and cultural context needed to explore a rich and diverse body of Sanskrit writing in the Intermediate and Advanced sequences: scripture, epic, poetry, drama, philosophy, and more.

Taking Sanskrit will allow you to fulfill the language requirement at Columbia.

Please check the Columbia Directory of Classes for up-to-date information on class times and locations.