• Total units 24 Units
  • Minor code TURK-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Turkish Minor

Turkey, with a population of seventy million, vast economic resources and a thriving tourist market, is one of the fastest growing countries in the world. It is a member of NATO and an associate member of the European Union, and has close ties with the Balkan countries and Turkic states of Central Asia.

The official language of Turkey is Turkish, a branch of the Uralo-Altay linguistic family. While Turks have used many alphabets over the centuries, including Armenian, Georgian, Greek and Arabic, Modern Turkish uses the Latin alphabet. The richness of the language's transformations has enabled the Turks to produce works of outstanding literature in a variety of alphabets. Millions of books and official documents written particularly in Ottoman and Modern Turkish provide invaluable insight into the history and culture of not only Turkey, but also the Middle East, Central Asia and the Balkans.


Learning outcomes

Students will acquire limited skills and knowledge to:

  • write texts in Turkish in the appropriate genre, with correct grammatical structures and thematic vocabulary relevant to the level of the student;
  • read and  comprehend at a limited  level newspapers, magazines and simple literary  texts written in Turkish;
  • engage with authentic media such as Turkish news, movies or music;
  • communicate verbally at a basic level in a variety of settings with proficient Turkish speakers;
  • identify and differentiate aspects and issues of the cultures and societies associated with the Turkish language.
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Pathway for beginners
24 units from the compulsory courses:
  • TURK1001 - Elementary Turkish A (6 units)
  • TURK1002 - Elementary Turkish B (6 units)
  • TURK2001 - Intermediate Turkish A (6 units)
  • TURK2002 - Intermediate Turkish B (6 units)
Pathway for post-beginners
This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

A minimum of 12 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
TURK1001 Elementary Turkish A 6
TURK1002 Elementary Turkish B 6
TURK2001 Intermediate Turkish A 6
TURK2002 Intermediate Turkish B 6

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
MEAS2002 Turkish History: Ottoman State to Modern Turkey 6
MEAS2003 Modern Turkey: History, Culture and Regional Relations 6
MEAS2108 Gallipoli: History and National Imagination 6
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