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Armenian Language

Why Study Armenian?

Armenian is an important witness to almost all aspects of the Middle East in the past two millennia. Armenian has its own, unique script, and a vast repository of texts in Classical, Middle and Modern Armenian for students of Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Modern and Contemporary eras. Very briefly, Classical Armenian is for students interested in Armenia’s relations with Iran, Rome, Byzantium, the Greek Orthodox Church, the Arabs and Islam. Classical and Middle Armenian are for students of the Crusades, the Roman Catholic Church and missions, Europe, the Seljuks, the Mongols, the Persians and Islam. Middle and Modern Armenian is for the early Modern era, mainly the Ottoman and Persian empires. Modern Eastern and Western Armenian are for the Ottoman, Persian and Russian empires and contemporary (southern) Caucasus. Only Modern Western Armenian (MWA) is offered on a regular basis; the other expressions of Armenian are taught as tutorials, chiefly to graduate students.

Language Program Information

The Armenian program, a two-year cycle of beginning and intermediate, emphasizes reading, writing and speaking. Classes meet three times a week. Audio materials are made to accompany the textbook and are used to reinforce acquisition.

Armenian Language Courses

ARMENIAN 101: First-Year Armenian I (Western Armenian) (4 credits)

ARMENIAN 102: First-Year Armenian II  (Western Armenian) (4 credits)

ARMENIAN 201: Second-Year Armenian I  (Western Armenian) (4 credits)

ARMENIAN 202: Second-Year Armenian II  (Western Armenian) (Completion of this course with a grade of C- or better meets the LSA Language Requirement) (4 credits)

Armenian is taught in alternating years, with one level taught one year and the next level taught in the following year. 

Armenian Textbooks

The textbook used for MWA is: KB Bardakjian and RW Thomson, A Textbook of Modern Western Armenian, Caravan Books, Delmar, New York, 1977 (and many subsequent reprints), ISBN: 0-88206-504-1.