Turkish

Eastern Mediterranean Languages

The Faculty of Language and Linguistics has long prided itself in the breadth and depth of language offerings provided to Georgetown and consortium students.  For many years, the Division of Eastern Mediterranean Languages, housed in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, has been the home of Turkish courses.  Turkish has three levels offered each academic year, for a yearlong sequence, taught by one Full-Time Non-Tenure Line Faculty member and one Part-Time Adjunct. Turkish is taught as intensive courses at the Beginning level (12 credits in one academic year).  The strong language offerings are complemented by courses across the university, including advanced topics and content courses in the language, as well as relevant regional courses taught in English. 

The Georgetown College has recently added a Minor in Turkish, and undergraduates from the SFS may also obtain this minor.

NATIONAL STATUS IN “LESS COMMONLY TAUGHT LANGUAGES”

Georgetown University is one of the only universities in the nation that has been able to offer three levels of Turkish, consistently, year in and year out.  This makes us an attractive choice for undergraduates and graduate students who want to be sure of getting a full spectrum of language classes without interruption.  Since the inception of the U.S. Department of State’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), in 2006, which allowed high school students to study for a year in Turkey, we have been getting inquiries and applications from motivated seniors who want to be sure that they can continue to study Turkish.  In contrast to our robust offerings, some universities offer Beginning Turkish only every other year, with Intermediate the second year – so students cannot start or continue according to their own schedules.