LSA Course Guide Search Results: UG, Fall 2017, Subject = TURKISH, Catalog Nbr = 101

If you are looking for additional courses in these areas, please look under the following in the Course Guide:

Near Eastern Studies (NEAREAST) for courses primarily taught in English and focused on disciplines related to Middle Eastern studies (literature, religion, history, linguistics, cultural studies, visual culture, etc.)  

Arabic Language (ARABIC) for Arabic language courses

Armenian Language (ARMENIAN) for Armenian language courses

Hebrew Language (HEBREW) for Hebrew language courses

Near Eastern Languages (NESLANG) for classical and ancient language courses

Persian Language (PERSIAN) for Persian language courses

Turkish Language (TURKISH)  for Turkish language courses


The Department of Near Eastern Studies offers instruction in the languages, literatures, histories, cultures, and religions of the ancient Near East and the medieval and modern Middle East. The department’s language offerings provide the foundation for the academic study of the literatures, histories, cultures, and religions of the region. The ancient language offerings include Sumerian, Egyptian, Akkadian, Hittite, Ugaritic, Avestan, Aramaic, and Classical Hebrew. The medieval and modern language offerings include Armenian, Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, and Uzbek.

Placement and Proficiency Tests

Language exams are for University of Michigan students who are planning on furthering their language study or want to test out of a language requirement. No preparation is necessary for the placement test – it is intended to be a tool to place you in the course most appropriate for your level.

For information on language exams, see the department website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/neareast/languages/placementtests

Special Department Policy:

The student must maintain at least a grade of a C in each term of a required concentration language. Those courses for which a student receives a lesser grade must be repeated.

Turkish is the longest documented and most complex of the Turkic languages, and the one with the most speakers (more than 80 million). It is the national language of the Republic of Turkey, a key player in the complex politics of the Middle East, and one of the largest and most dynamic economies of the area, as a major trading partner of the European Union on one side and the countries of the Middle East on the other.

Turkish was also the administrative language of the predecessor of Turkey, the Ottoman Empire, which for more than four centuries was the predominant power in the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, at the peak of its power extending from Sudan to Hungary, and from Algeria to Yemen and the Caucasus.

Both the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey have produced a rich and variegated culture, from folk and elite tradition to a literature of breathtaking modernity.

As a part of the Turkic language family, Turkish is categorized as an agglutinative language, meaning that its structure is rich, highly abstract, and of fascinating, almost mathematical regularity. Written in Latin characters since 1928, its writing system matches its logical structure.

Turkish is also the most convenient stepping stone on the way to older forms of the language, such as Ottoman Turkish, the literary language of the Ottoman Empire written in Arabic letters, and other modern Turkic languages, most of which are spoken in Central Asia, such as Uzbek, Kazakh, Kirghiz, or Uyghur.

Turkish Language (TURKISH)
To find courses focused on Turkish culture, history, linguistics, religion, and literature, please look under Near Eaernst Studies (NEAREAST) in the Course Guide.

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