University equivalent courses

  • Introductory Sanskrit I (Summer intensive)
    • US101S.
    • This course aims to provide a linguistically rich study of the world's most fascinating language, equivalent to a first semester university course. Exercises introduce the extensive literature, profound philosophy and rich mythology of ancient India which has and continues to influence over a quarter of the world’s population today. After introducing the Devanāgarī script and Sanskrit phonology, the course surveys the intricate and highly organized structure of the grammar with the aim of enabling a student to begin reading original materials in the second semester. Readings in the first semester are adapted from Sanskrit literature.
    • Instructor: Peter M. Scharf.
    • Schedule: 6 June – 15 July 2022.
    • See the continuation US102S 18 July–19 August.
    • Intensive course meeting times: Live meetings everyday Monday–Friday 11:30am-12:30pm U.S. Central Time, twice-weekly recorded lectures, daily interactive on-line exercises (images: welcome, transliteration instructions, transliteration errors, sandhi errors, morphological identification, translation), flexible consultation. Time commitment: 20 hours per week.
    • Course fee: $2,800, or $5,000 for both US101S and US102S.
    • Syllabus.
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    • Course materials: Scharf, Peter M. {S}abdabrahman: a linguistic introduction to Sanskrit. Providence: The Sanskrit Library, 2022.
  • Introductory Sanskrit II (Summer intensive).
    • US102S.
    • This course completes the survey of Sanskrit grammar with readings adapted from ancient Indian narratives.
    • Instructor: Peter M. Scharf.
    • Prerequisite: US101 or equivalent introduction to Sanskrit.
    • Schedule: 18 July – 19 August.
    • Continuation of US101S 6 June – 15 July 2022.
    • Intensive course meeting times: Live meetings everyday Monday–Friday 11:30am-12:30pm U.S. Central Time, twice-weekly recorded lectures, daily interactive on-line exercises, flexible consultation. Time commitment: 20 hours per week.
    • Course fee: $2,800.
    • Syllabus.
    • Register.
    • Course materials: Scharf, Peter M. {S}abdabrahman: a linguistic introduction to Sanskrit. Providence: The Sanskrit Library, 2022.
  • Introductory Sanskrit Ia.
    • US101a.
    • US101--102 aim to provide a linguistically rich study of the world's most fascinating language equivalent to a first-year university course. Exercises introduce the extensive literature, profound philosophy and rich mythology of ancient India which has and continues to influence over a quarter of the world’s population today. Live weekly meetings are supplemented by recorded lectures with slide presentations that introduce each topic. Homework exercises use a uniquely designed pleasant interactive Web-based platform that provides vocabulary and reference material at one's fingertips and immediate feedback thereby enriching the students knowledge with each item and eliminating doubt and frutstration.
      US101a is the first of four quarters of ten weeks each. This quarter presents a rich introducion to the Devanāgarī script and Sanskrit phonology, and introduces the intricate and highly organized structure of the grammar, including the present and imperfect tenses of verbs and the declension of a-stem nouns and adjectives. The quarter culminates in the reading of a short story.
    • Continued in US101b, US102a, and US102b
    • Instructor: Peter M. Scharf.
    • Schedule: 11 September – 18 November 2022.
    • Course meeting times: Sunday and Thursday 10:00-11:00am U.S. Central Time, or by arrangement with course participants.
    • Course fee: $1,500 per quarter. A discount of $200 is available for enrollment in two-quarters for $2,800. A discount of $1,000 is available for enrollment in all four-quarters for $5,000.
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  • Introductory Sanskrit Ib
    • US101b.
    • This course continues the linguistically rich study of the world's most fascinating language to complete the equivalent of a first-semester university course by proceeding with the survey of the intricate and highly organized structure of the grammar and by including readings adapted from Sanskrit literature.
    • Prerequisite: US101a
    • Continued by US102aUS102b.
    • Instructor: Peter M. Scharf.
    • Schedule: 4–15 December 2022, 15 January – 9 March 2023.
    • Course meeting times: Sunday and Thursday 10:00-11:00am U.S. Central Time, or by arrangement with course participants.
    • Course fee: $1,500.
    • Syllabus.
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  • Introductory Sanskrit IIa.
    • US102a.
    • This course continues the linguistically rich study of the world's most fascinating language proceeding with the survey of the intricate and highly organized structure of the grammar and by including readings adapted from ancient Indian narratives.
    • Instructor: Peter M. Scharf.
    • Prerequisite: US101, US101aUS101b, or equivalent introduction to Sanskrit.
    • Schedule: 19 March – 1 June 2023.
    • Course meeting times: Sunday and Thursday 10:00-11:00am U.S. Central Time, or by arrangement with course participants.
    • Course fee: $1,500. A discount of $200 is available for enrollment in two-quarters, i.e. also the last quarter US102b, for $2,800.
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  • Introductory Sanskrit IIb.
    • US102b.
    • After completing a survey of Sanskrit grammar with readings adapted from ancient Indian narratives, students read original selections from the great Indian epic {m}ahABArata.
    • Instructor: Peter M. Scharf.
    • Prerequisite: US102a or equivalent introduction to Sanskrit.
    • Schedule: 4 June – 10 August 2023.
    • Course meeting times: Sunday and Thursday 10:00-11:00am U.S. Central Time, or by arrangement with course participants.
    • Course fee: $1,500.
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  • Beginners’ Course in Marathi for second language learners
    • UM101
    • This course is intended to initiate students to the learning of Marathi. The course is mainly meant for the second language learners of Marathi who are University students and intend to familiarize themselves with the language and culture of Maharashtra as a part of their South Asian Studies. This course could be understood as a part of a series of courses that teach Marathi at ascending levels. For the course is being taught to the adult learners, Marathi language and grammar would be contrasted with the first languages of the learners. The method would be a mix of grammar-translation and direct with contrastive analysis to help the adult learners learn at a fair pace.
    • Instructor: Chinmay Dharurkar
    • Instructor's introductory video
    • Schedule: 7 June – 29 July 2022
    • Course meeting times: Tuesday and Thursday 9.30–10:30am U.S. Central Time; 8–9pm IST
    • Prerequisite: No.
    • Course fee: $1000.
    • Course fee for Indian residents: ₹10,000.
    • Syllabus.
    • Register
    • Register (Indian residents)
    • Course materials:
      1. My Marathi Book 1 (MM1)
  • {k}irAtArjunIya sarga 1.
    • UP113.
    • The {k}irAtArjunIya by {B}Aravi is one of the Sanskrit {m}ahAkAvyas. This great poem is a part of the traditional syllabus of learning Sanskrit. Applying the traditional methods to learn a text is important to gain independence in reading and understanding Sanskrit. So herewith we propose a course reading the first canto of the {k}irAtArjunIya thoroughly with sandi analysis, verbal conjugation, nominal declension, identificaiton of {s}amAsas, identification of voice, changing the voice (vAcyaviparivartana), anvaya of the verse and provision of Sanskrit synonyms for each word in the verse.
    • Instructor: Tanuja P. Ajotikar.
    • Prerequisite: US101–102 or equivalent introduction to Sanskrit.
    • Schedule: Tuesday and Friday 9.30am 7 September — 17 December 2021 with a break for Thanksgiving.
    • Course meeting times: Tuesday and Friday 9.30-10:30am U.S. Central Time (IST 8:00-9:00pm/9pm-10:00pm after 1 November 2021 when CST changes to CDT).
    • Course fee: $1,500.
    • Syllabus.
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  • The retelling of {r}Ama's story in Sanskrit literature.
    • UG101.
    • The epic {r}AmAyaRa is one of the two most celebrated epics in Indian tradition. It was composed by {v}AlmIki and consists of 24,000 verses. However, {v}AlmIki's {r}AmAyaRa is not the only version of the story of {r}Ama. The story appears in several versions in Sanskrit as well as in the regional language of India. The story of {r}Ama is told as episodes in the {m}ahABArata and in {p}urARas. There are also independent compositions that retell the story in Sanskrit. There are Jain and Buddhist versions of the {r}AmAyaRa in Prakrit and Pali too. The story of {r}Ama spread not only throughout India but also across South-east Asia. Taking into consideration the vast number of retellings of the story of {r}Ama, we will study only the Sanskrit versions in this course. It is important to study the various narrations of the story of {r}Ama with reference to the original Sanskrit texts rather than translations and secondary sources. Doing so will help us re-examine popular opinions about the story and reveal the complexity of the transmission of this story and texts in general in Sanskrit. This will also help us understand the importance of and need to undertake philological analysis of Sanskrit literature.
    • Instructor: Anuja Ajotikar and Tanuja Ajotikar.
    • Prerequisite: familiarity with Sanskrit would be good. Familiarity with Sanskrit literature will also be sufficient.
    • Schedule: To be announced.
    • See continuing education course on the same topic.
    • Course meeting times: Sunday and Thursday 9:00-10.30 am U.S. Central Time (IST 8.30pm-10.00pm).
    • Course fee: $2000.
    • Syllabus.
    • Express interest.
  • Introductory Sanskrit I.
    • US101.
    • This course aims to provide a linguistically rich study of the world's most fascinating language equivalent to a first semester university course. Exercises introduce the extensive literature, profound philosophy and rich mythology of ancient India which has and continues to influence over a quarter of the world’s population today. After introducing the Devanāgarī script and Sanskrit phonology, the course surveys the intricate and highly organized structure of the grammar with the aim of enabling a student to begin reading original materials in the second semester. Readings in the first semester are adapted from Sanskrit literature.
    • Instructor: Peter M. Scharf
    • Schedule: See US101a, US101b instead.
    • See also the intensive summer courses US101S and US102S 6 June–18 August 2022.
    • Course meeting times: Tuesday and Friday 9:00-10:00am U.S. Central Time.
    • Course fee: $3,000.
    • Syllabus.
    • Register.
  • Introductory Sanskrit II.
    • US102.
    • After completing a survey of Sanskrit grammar with readings adapted from ancient Indian narratives, students read original selections from the great Indian epic {m}ahABArata.
    • Instructor: Peter M. Scharf
    • Prerequisite: US101, US101S or equivalent introduction to Sanskrit.
    • Schedule: See US102a, US102b instead.
    • See also the intensive summer course US102S 18 July–18 August 2022.
    • Course fee: $3,000.
    • Syllabus.
    • Express interest.
  • Unfolding the secrets of {A}yurveda: learning Sanskrit with the {a}zwANgahfdaya.
    • US103.
    • This course offers students the opportunity to learn Sanskrit specifically to read {A}yurveda texts in Sanskrit. It starts with training basic pronunciation of Sanskrit sounds, and proceeds in sequence to teach nominal declension, verbal conjugation, sanDi and kAraka so that students can identify forms in the verse, dissolve sandhi and construe the verse. The course aims to make students independent in understanding the basic Sanskrit texts of {A}yurveda. The text selected for this course is the {a}zwANgahfdaya.
    • Instructor: Tanuja P. Ajotikar.
    • Schedule: To be announced.
    • Course fee: $1,500.
    • See also US103S summer version, 14 June–30 August 2021, $1,200
    • Syllabus.
    • Express interest.
  • Pali Reading Workshop: Milindapañha “The Questions of King Milinda”.
    • UL111.
    • The Milindapañha ‘Questions of King Milinda’ is one of the most celebrated Pali texts. It contains the dialogue between the Bactrian (Indo-Greek) king Milinda (Menander) and the Buddhist monk Nāgasena. Respected as a canonical or para-canonical text by all Buddhist traditions in the world, the Milindapañha represents one of the most brilliant philosophical dialogues of India. In this workshop we will read the first part of the Pali text, comprising the Pubbayoga ‘Story about the past’, the Lakkhaṇapañho ‘Questions on Characteristics’ and the Vimatipañho ‘Questions on doubts’, altogether ninety pages of the Pali Text Society edition by V. Trenckner. In our readings we will discuss grammatical points of the text as well as philosophical issues. Students will be requested to read in turns during the reading sessions.
    • Instructor: Aleix Ruiz Falqués.
    • Prerequisite: Intermediate level of Pali, or good knowledge of Sanskrit or Prakrit.
    • Schedule: 21 June–26 August 2021.
    • Course meeting times: Monday and Thursday 9:00–10:30am U.S. Central Time.
    • Course fee: $2,000.
    • Course materials: Materials will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the course.
    • Syllabus.
    • Express interest.
  • {r}AmopAKyAna: the story of {r}Ama in the {m}ahABArata.
    • US111.
    • The story of {r}Ama is the most popular story in all of India and a masterpiece of world literature. While in its most ancient extant version, it is told in about 25,000 verses in {v}AlmIki's large epic poem {r}AmAyaRa, it is summarized in 705 verses in eighteen aDyAyas in the {r}AmopAKyAna in the great epic {m}ahABArata. There it is told to {y}uDizWira who is dejected over the recent abduction of his wife and the exile of his family to the forest. This course reads several chapters of the {r}AmopAKyAna to give intermediate Sanskrit students a firm grounding in the precise understanding of every detail of each verse including sandhi, morphology, and syntax.
    • Instructor: Peter M. Scharf.
    • Prerequisite: US101–102 or equivalent introduction to Sanskrit.
    • Schedule: To be announced.
    • Course fee: $2,500.
    • Syllabus.
    • Express interest.
  • {r}aGuvaMSa sarga 2
    • UP114
    • The {r}aGuvaMSa by {k}AlidAsa is one of the Sanskrit {m}ahAkAvyas. This great poem is a part of the traditional syllabus of learning Sanskrit. Applying the traditional methods to learn a text is important to gain independence in reading and understanding Sanskrit and translating the text. So herewith we propose a course reading the second canto of the {r}aGuvaMSa thoroughly with sanDi analysis, verbal conjugation, nominal declension, identificaiton of {s}amAsas, indentification of voice, changing the voice (vAcyaviparivartana), anvaya of the verse and translation in Sanskrit.
    • Instructor: Tanuja P. Ajotikar
    • Instructor's introductory video
    • Schedule: 8 June – 12 August 2022
    • Course meeting times: Wednesday and Friday 9:30–10:30am U.S. Central Time; 8–9pm IST
    • Prerequisite: Introductory Sanskrit.
    • Course fee: $1500.
    • Course fee: ₹15000.
    • Syllabus.
    • Register
    • Register Indians
    • Course materials:
      1. Kale M. R., ed. 1922. {m}ahAkaviSrIkAlidAsaviracitaH {r}aGuvaMSaH. {m}ahAmahopADyAyakolAcalamallinAthasUriviracitayA saYjIvanyA sametaH. The {r}AGuvaMSa of {k}AlidAsa: with the commentary (the {s}aYjIvanI) of {m}allinATa: with a literal translation into English, copious notes in Sanskrit and English and various readings. 3rd revised edition. Mumbai: Mumbai vaibhava Mudrayantralaya.
  • {s}idDAntakOmudI {v}iBaktyarTaprakaraRa.
    • US200.
    • The {s}idDAntakOmudI is a 16th CE commentary on the {a}zwADyAyI. It is widely used by beginners in the study of {p}ARinian grammar to understand rules in the {a}zwADyAyI. The {v}iBaktyarTa section is important from the point of view of learning the syntax and semantics of Sanskrit. This course presents reading of the {v}iBaktyarTa section of the {s}idDAntakOmudI (114 rules nos. 532–646). Rules are analyzed word by word and line by line, presenting the principles of the {p}ARinian tradition reflected in the commentary.
    • Instructor: Tanuja P. Ajotikar.
    • Prerequisite: US101–102 or equivalent introduction to Sanskrit, or CG20 Introduction to the {p}ARinian tradition, or CG21 {p}ARinian sanDi rules.
    • Schedule: 8 June–20 August 2021.
    • Tuesday and Friday 3:30-4:30pm U.S. Central Time.
    • Course fee: $1,500.
    • Syllabus.
    • Express interest.