The Sanskrit language program in the Department of Asian Studies provides courses for heritage and non-heritage speakers at all levels.

With a history that stretches from the early 2nd millennium BCE, Sanskrit is a language that provides the essential keys for understanding the history, culture and knowledge systems of South Asia and the surrounding regions that came under its cultural influence.


The Sanskrit language program is a part of the South Asian language focus area. Our program covers everything from basic vocabulary to advanced grammar in Sanskrit. Since its grammar was developed based on a rigorous paradigm comparable to Euclid’s study of measure and physical form, Sanskrit also stands out in the study of ancient “knowledge systems” that today are proving their relevance to the more general study of the arts and sciences.

Placement Tests

Students are not required to take placement tests or interviews for the Sanskrit language program.