Asian Language Studies

Asian Religions and Language Studies

The study of Asian religions at McGill University is strongly supported by language teaching across three units in the Faculty of Arts in ArabicChineseHindi-UrduJapanesePersian, Sanskrit, Tibetan, and TurkishSanskrit and Tibetan are offered by the School of Religious Studies; Arabic, Hindi-Urdu, Persian, and Turkish are offered by the Institute of Islamic Studies; Chinese and Japanese are offered by the Department of East Asian Studies

  • Sanskrit, offered by the School of Religious Studies
    • RELG 257D1 Introductory Sanskrit 3 Credits
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    • RELG 257D2 Introductory Sanskrit 3 Credits
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    • RELG 357D1 Sanskrit 2 3 Credits
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    • RELG 357D2 Sanskrit 2 3 Credits
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    • RELG 657D1 Introductory Sanskrit 3 Credits
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      • Fall
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    • RELG 657D2 Introductory Sanskrit 3 Credits
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    • RELG 665 Primary Text: Sanskrit 1 3 Credits
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    • RELG 666 Primary Text: Sanskrit 2 3 Credits
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  • Tibetan, offered by the School of Religious Studies
    • RELG 264 Introductory Tibetan 1 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
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    • RELG 265 Introductory Tibetan 2 3 Credits
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    • RELG 364 Intermediate Tibetan 1 3 Credits
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    • RELG 365 Intermediate Tibetan 2 3 Credits
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    • RELG 464 Advanced Tibetan 1 3 Credits
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    • RELG 465 Advanced Tibetan 2 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
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  • Hindi-Urdu, offered by the Institute of Islamic Studies
  • Japanese, offered by the Department of East Asian Studies
  • Chinese, offered by the Department of East Asian Studies
  • Persian, offered by the Institute of Islamic Studies

 

B.A. in Asian Religions (Honours and Joint Honours)

All students in Asian Religions classes are strongly encouraged to study Asian languages. 

For B.A. Honours in Asian Religions (60 credits), six credits of Asian language study is required—see 2018-2019 programme requirements here

For B.A. Joint Honours in Asian Religions (36 credits), no language study is required—see 2018-2019 programme requirements here 

 

M.A. in Asian Religions
Candidates for Master of Arts, Asian Religions, are required to give their area committee evidence of reading knowledge of a scholarly language other than English. This language may be either a modern language in which there is a significant amount of scholarship relevant to the student's area of research, or a classical language relevant to the student's area of research. If a classical language is chosen, it must be in addition to any prerequisite language for the area in question. "Reading knowledge" is regarded as the successful completion of at least 12 credits at the post-secondary level in a language course, or successful completion of a language examination administered by the appropriate member of the Faculty of Arts.

 

Ph.D. in Asian Religions

Students are required to give their area committee evidence of reading knowledge of two languages other than English. These languages must be chosen from modern languages in which there is a significant amount of scholarship relevant to the student's area of research or classical languages relevant to the student's area of research. Research in some disciplines, or on certain thesis topics, may require proficiency in more than two languages besides English. In that case, additional language requirements may be stipulated by the supervisor. "Reading knowledge" is regarded as the successful completion of at least 12 credits at the post-secondary level in a language course, or successful completion of a language examination administered by the appropriate member of the Faculty of Arts.