Turkish

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 Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish.  Each language 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.  All three are taught as intensive courses at the Beginning level (12 credits in one academic year), and Persian continues as an intensive course at the Intermediate level.  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. 

For many years, motivated students have been taking over three years of Persian and Turkish despite the lack of a Minor that would reflect this work on their transcript. Recently, the School of Foreign Service has announced that their undergraduate students are allowed to minor in subjects in the College.

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 Persian and 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.

ENROLLMENT DATA FROM THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF TURKIC LANGUAGES

AATT contacted 53 institutions of higher education and found that Modern Turkish was taught at 34 U.S. institutions in the Fall of 2015. 14 institutions didn’t participate in the survey, and 5 institutions did not offer Modern Turkish in Fall 2015.   According to this survey, a total of 534 students were taking Modern Turkish in the Fall of 2015.  Of these, 293 were undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty in First-Year Turkish; 138 were in Second-Year Turkish; 94 were in Third-Year Turkish, and 9 were in Fourth-Year Turkish.  Also, in the Fall of 2015, 24 students around the nation were taking Ottoman Turkish.

GEORGETOWN SPRING 2016: 

TURK-340 Turkish Media taught in Turkish: 7 students

ARAB/ANTH/TURK-363 “Anthropology and Islam” taught in English:  17 students

PROPOSED CURRICULUM

2 or 3 years of language study (or the equivalent through summer study) 4 or 6 classes; Study Abroad would be counted toward the minor if resulting in an equivalent to the coursework at Georgetown.

Intensive Beginning Turkish (1 year, 12 credits)

Intermediate Turkish (1 year, 6 credits)

Advanced Turkish (1 year, 6 credits)

Media Turkish (3 credits)

Turkish Translation (3 credits)

Ottoman Turkish (3 credits)

Turkish Studies Core: 1 class (if 3 years of language study) or 2 classes (if 2 years of language study) or three classes if only finishing through the Intermediate level.

From courses regularly taught by Agoston, Aksakal, Onder, and Ciddi

Ottoman History

Modern Turkish History

Contemporary Turkish Culture

Turkish Politics

The Second course may be from Electives  (taught by visiting faculty, as available)

Turkish Film

Turkish Literature (in English or Turkish, as available)

Turkish-EU Relations and Issues of Migration

Central Asian Cultures

Some Typical Paths to the Minor:

Student A: College Undergraduate discovers Turkish in second year, takes:

2nd year: Intensive Beginning Turkish 2 classes, 12 credits

3rd year: Intermediate Turkish 2 classes 6 credits and 1 class in Ottoman History 3 credits

4th year: Advanced Turkish 2 classes and 6 credits

Turkish Minor: 7 classes, 27 credits (through Advanced Turkish)

Student B: SFS Undergraduate, took Turkish in High School through NSYLI

1st year: Intermediate Turkish 2 classes, 6 credits; 1 class in Turkish Politics 3 credits

2nd year: Advanced Turkish 2 classes, 6 credits; 1 class in Turkish Culture 3 credits

3rd year: Media Turkish 1 class, 3 credits

Turkish Minor: 7 classes, 21 credits (Beyond Advanced Turkish)

Student C: College Undergraduate, discovers Turkish in junior year:

3rd year: Intensive Beginning Turkish 2 classes, 12 credits, Ottoman Empire in WWI 1 class, 3 credits

Summer Study of Turkish, 8 week program, DOES NOT place into Advanced upon return

4th year: Intermediate Turkish 2 classes, 6 credits, Turkish-EU Relations 1 class, 3 credits, Turkish Culture 1 class 3 credits

Turkish Minor: 7 classes, 27 credits at Georgetown (Through Intermediate Turkish)

Student D: College Undergraduate, discovers Turkish in junior year:

3rd year: Intensive Beginning Turkish 2 classes, 12 credits, Ottoman Empire in WWI 1 class, 3 credits

Summer Study of Turkish, 8 week program, places into Advanced upon return

4th year: Advanced Turkish 2 classes, 6 credits, Azerbaijani Regional Politics 1 class, 3 credits

Turkish Minor: 6 classes, 24 credits at Georgetown (Through Advanced Turkish)

Because our students often combine study abroad with our classes, this would have to be factored into the administration of the minor.  Placement testing, proficiency testing, and certification would all be done by existing staff.

Faculty

Sylvia Wing Önder, Director of Turkish Language and Culture Program
Zeynep Gur, Adjunct Lecturer
Betül Başaran, Adjunct Lecturer

Georgetown Faculty with Turkish Studies interests

Gabor Agoston, Associate Professor, History
Mustafa Aksakal, Associate Professor of History and Nesuhi Ertegun Chair of Modern Turkish Studies
Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer, Research Professor, Center for Eurasian and Eastern European Studies
Sinan Ciddi, Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of the Institute for Turkish Studies
Shireen Hunter, Visiting Scholar, ACMCU

Charles King, Professor, School of Foreign Service; Government Department
James A. Millward, Professor, School of Foreign Service; History Department
Judith E. Tucker, Professor, History

Links

American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) Summer Fellowships for Advanced Turkish
Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies
Institute of Turkish Studies
McGhee Program in Alanya
National Resource Center on the Middle East