Mongolian Language and Literature Courses

This course is the first in a two-year curriculum in Khalkha Mongolian, the standard language of Mongolia. As is common to language study at any level, it exercises the four basic language functions, speaking, listening, reading, and writing. As a course for beginners, it introduces students to the Mongolian Cyrillic alphabet, Mongolian phonology, and grammar. As given by the inherent difficulties to the Mongolian system, special emphasis is paid to spelling. Prerequisites: None.

This course examines the modern history of Mongolia. Beginning with the Mongols' heritage as imperial nomads who uphold a dual custom, the Buddhist religion and the Manchu Qing dynastic state, it discusses how this order came to be threatened by, and ultimately dissolve under, political pressures imposed by governments espousing "modern" thought. The course focuses on how, navigating the political turmoil that ensued from the falls of the Russian Empire and Qing Dynasty, the Mongols were able to found a sovereign government of their own. Readings for the course are of primary sources in translation. Prerequisites: None