Turkish

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Minor

The Turkish minor introduces students to the people, language, culture, and history of the Turkish-speaking world. The minor develops a student's command of reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension in Turkish language and may complement the student's intended major study. 

Students minoring in Turkish choose one of two options. Option A is open to students with little or no background in the language. Option B is for students who have completed the equivalent of two years of university-level coursework in the language. For specific information regarding the requirements for each option, please see the Minor Requirements tab on this page. 

Declaring the Minor

Students may petition to add the Turkish minor as soon as they begin their study of Turkish. Please submit the Petition to Complete the Minor form to the undergraduate student adviser. 

Other Majors and Minors offered by the Department of Near Eastern Studies

Ancient Egyptian Near Eastern Art and Archaeology (Major)
Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Civilizations (Major)
Near Eastern Languages and Literatures (Major)
Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Civilizations (Minor)
Arabic (Minor)
Hebrew (Minor)
Persian (Minor)
Turkish (Minor)

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Minor Requirements

The minor program requires five upper-division courses in Turkish literature and culture. Students may overlap one course from their major in order to complete the Turkish minor requirements. 

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill major requirements must be taken for a letter grade and be at least 3 units.
  2. Students pursuing a double major may overlap two courses to meet both major requirements. Students can also overlap one course to fulfill major and minor requirements.  
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained in both upper and lower division courses used to fulfill the major requirements. For information regarding residency requirements and unit requirements, please see the College Requirements tab.
  4. With prior consent of the major adviser, students may take courses across various disciplines to fulfill major requirements.

Requirements, Option A

Open to students with no background in the language.

Lower Division
TURKISH 1AElementary Modern Turkish5
TURKISH 1BElementary Modern Turkish5
Upper Division
TURKISH 100AIntermediate Modern Turkish5
TURKISH 100BIntermediate Modern Turkish5
TURKISH 101AReadings in Modern Turkish3
TURKISH 101BReadings in Modern Turkish3
Select a one-semester course in Turkish culture/history from the following:3
The undergraduate major adviser may approve external department substitution courses for the culture/history requirement.
Turkish Literature in Translation
Turkish Literature in Translation
Topics in the History of Central Asia and the Turks
Topics in the History of Central Asia and the Turks
Total Units29

Requirements, Option B

Open to students who can demonstrate proficiency at a level equivalent to that expected of students who have successfully completed the elementary and intermediate courses in the language (2 years of university-level coursework).

Upper Division
Select five one-semester courses in Turkish literature 115
Select two one-semester courses in Turkish culture/history6
Total Units21
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Texts must be in Turkish.

Courses

Turkish

TURKISH 1A Elementary Modern Turkish 5 Units

Offered through: Near Eastern Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
Sequence begins Fall.

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TURKISH 1B Elementary Modern Turkish 5 Units

Offered through: Near Eastern Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Sequence begins Fall.

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TURKISH 10 Elementary Turkish 10 Units

Offered through: Near Eastern Studies
Terms offered: Summer 1997 10 Week Session, Summer 1995 10 Week Session
This course is equivalent to a full year of elementary Turkish. It will train students in the four language skills speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing. It will be taught with an interactional approach, aiming at communicative competence.

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TURKISH 100A Intermediate Modern Turkish 5 Units

Offered through: Near Eastern Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2015
Sequence begins Fall.

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TURKISH 100B Intermediate Modern Turkish 5 Units

Offered through: Near Eastern Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Sequence begins Fall.

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TURKISH 101A Readings in Modern Turkish 3 Units

Offered through: Near Eastern Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Selected topics from modern Turkish literary works.

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TURKISH 101B Readings in Modern Turkish 3 Units

Offered through: Near Eastern Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Selected topics from modern Turkish literary works.

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TURKISH H195 Senior Honors 2 - 4 Units

Offered through: Near Eastern Studies
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Directed study centered upon preparation of an honors thesis.

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TURKISH 198 Directed Group Study for Upper Division Students 1 - 4 Units

Offered through: Near Eastern Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Instruction in areas not covered by regularly scheduled courses.

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TURKISH 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Offered through: Near Eastern Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2000
Enrollment is restricted by regulations in the .

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Faculty and Instructors

Faculty

Wali Ahmadi, Associate Professor. Persian languages, Persian literature.
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Asad Ahmed, Associate Professor. Islam (social and intellectual history).
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Daniel Boyarin, Professor. Talmud, rhetoric, Christianity, genealogy of, invention of Judaism.
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Ahmad Diab, Assistant Professor. Modern Arabic Literature.

Ronald Hendel, Professor. Textual criticism, Hebrew bible, ancient Near Eastern religion and mythology, Northwest Semitic linguistics.
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Chana Kronfeld, Professor. Comparative literature, modernism, Hebrew, Yiddish, modern poetry, minor literatures, politics of literary history, feminist stylistics, intertextuality, translation studies.
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Margaret Larkin, Professor. Near Eastern studies.
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Rita Lucarelli, Assistant Professor. Egyptology.
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Sabrina Sonia Maras, Assistant Adjunct Professor.

Maria Mavroudi, Professor. Byzantine studies.
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Benjamin Porter, Assistant Professor. Archaeology, Near Eastern archaeology, Middle East, Arid Environments, anthropology, Heritage, tourism, and Museum Studies.
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Carol A. Redmount, Associate Professor. Egyptology.
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Carol Redmount, Associate Professor. Near Eastern Studies.

Francesca Rochberg, Professor. History of science, ancient near east, cuneiform studies.
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Niek Veldhuis, Professor. Digital humanities, intellectual history, Sumerian, cuneiform.
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Lecturers

Rutie Adler, Lecturer.

Hatem A. Bazian, Lecturer. Near Eastern studies.
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Chava Boyarin, Lecturer.

Elsa Elmahdy, Lecturer.

Gholam-Reza Ghahramani, Lecturer.

John L. Hayes, Lecturer.

Lissette M. Jimenez, Lecturer.

Nawal M. Laymoun, Lecturer.

Sanjyot Mehendale, Lecturer. Near Eastern studies, Central Asia, Central Asian studies, archaeology and art history.
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Haitham S. Mohamed, Lecturer.

Laurie Pearce, Lecturer.

Barbara Richter, Lecturer.

Jason Christopher Vivrette, Lecturer.

Visiting Faculty

Manuel Duarte De Oliveira, Visiting Professor.

Emeritus Faculty

Ayla Algar, Lecturer Emeritus. Turkish language and literature, language pedagogy.

Hamid Algar, Professor Emeritus.

Robert B. Alter, Professor Emeritus. Comparative literature, Near Eastern studies, 19th-century European and American novel, modernism, literary aspects of the bible, modern and biblical Hebrew literature.
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Guitty Azarpay, Professor Emeritus. Art and archaeology of the ancient Near East and Central Asia.
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Ariel A. Bloch, Professor Emeritus.

Wolfgang J. Heimpel, Professor Emeritus. Near Eastern studies.
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Anne D. Kilmer, Professor Emeritus.

David Larkin, Lecturer Emeritus. Egyptology.

James T. Monroe, Professor Emeritus.

Jaleh Pirnazar, Lecturer Emeritus. Modern Iranian history. Persian language and literature, Iranian Cinema.

Martin Schwartz, Professor Emeritus. Near Eastern studies.
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Muhammad Siddiq, Professor Emeritus. Near Eastern studies.
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David B. Stronach, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Department of Near Eastern Studies

250 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-642-3757

Fax: 510-643-8430

nes@berkeley.edu

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Department Chair and Professor of Ancient Near Eastern History

Francesca Rochberg, PhD

262 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-642-3757

rochberg@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Faculty Advisor for Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, Islamic Studies and Professor of Persian Literature

Wali Ahmadi, PhD

284 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-642-3757

ahmadi@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Student Advisor

Rania Shah, MA

250 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-642-3758

rania.shah@berkeley.edu

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