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The answers given to the following FAQs are not meant to be comprehensive
but to better guide you to more relevant points of information.
If an answer given to a particular question here does not include the information
you look for, please feel free to contact us.
What languages are involved in teaching and
research of the Department of Classical Languages?
|Vedic and Classical Sanskrit,
Classical Greek and Latin
What languages may I major in?
|Sanskrit only. Classical Greek and Latin are offered
only as language components for those majoring in Greek & Roman Studies (GRS).
What is GRS and how does it differ from WCC?
|GRS is the acronym for Greek and Roman Studies. That
title for the discipline currently known by the title Western
Classical Culture (WCC) is to avoid the ambiguity of this
subject, which is entitled Greek and Roman Civilization
(GRC) in the school curriculum for General Certificate of
Education (A/L), at university level by linking the two
names closely. This change does not affect the content of
Whom may I contact if I wish to know more
about the postgraduate programs offered by the Department?
I am interested in registering for the Certificate
or Diploma Courses offered by the Department. How may I know
whether I am eligible enough?
|Please read the relevant sections of the current Postgraduate Student Handbook. You may also contact the Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences to have your eligibility
double-checked and obtain further information such as the
dates for registration and payment details.
I neither majored in Sanskrit nor took
Sanskrit as a subject during my undergraduate career. May I
register for any of the Postgraduate Programs in Sanskrit?
|Generally, NO. You must have either an Undergraduate
Degree in Sanskrit or a level of proficiency which the Department
would deem sufficient for you to enroll in the postgraduate program
concerned. Please contact the Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences and
have your eligibility checked.
I did not take Sanskrit for my Advanced Level
Examination. May I take Sanskrit in the University as a subject
of my undergraduate degree?
|If you have a level of proficiency which the Department
would deem sufficient for you to enroll in the Sanskrit Undergraduate
Program, YES. You may need to sit for a test held by the
Department to prove it.
I took Sanskrit for my Advanced Level and/
or the Examinations held by the Society of Oriental Studies,
Sri Lanka. May I still take Elementary Sanskrit courses (SKT
309 and/or SKT 310) and earn credits?
|YES, as long as you are not offering Sanskrit as a subject
of your undergraduate degree program, either special and
general, at Peradeniya.
I did not take GRC (Greek and Roman Civilization)
for my Advanced Level Examination. May I take WCC (Western Classical
Culture)/ GRS (Greek and Roman Studies) as a subject here?
|YES, but having a prior knowledge of the discipline may
be highly beneficial for your course of study.
Is there a predetermined limit of the number of
students you register for the special degree program in Sanskrit, Western
Classical Culture or Greek and Roman Studies?
|Currently such a limit is not applied.
Are both Latin and Greek available every
year as language components?
|NO. Either language component is offered concerning the
number of students enrolled, their interest and at the discretion
of the Departmental Faculty.
I am majoring in either of the disciplines offered
by the Department. May I take a course from the other discipline as a ‘subject outside discipline’ each semester?
I have a smattering of Sanskrit/ Greek/
Latin. Do you have any courses for me to brush it up?
|YES, current undergraduate students of this University
may request to audit the language courses which you do not
have to earn credits for. Those from outside the University
may register for a Non-Degree course (Certificate course). Postgraduate Diploma-seekers must have a first
degree in a related discipline and may need to sit for a test held by the Department
to prove their proficiency.
May I register for my Degree Program as a
|Only the postgraduate programs are offered as both fulltime
and part-time programs. Undergraduate programs are fulltime
I have passed the final examination for Pandit
Degree held by the Society for Oriental Studies, Sri Lanka.
Am I eligible to apply for a postgraduate program in Sanskrit?
|Generally, NO. But you may be eligible for a diploma program and subcequently for degree-offering programs upon successful completion of the diploma.
Do I have to attend or have any opportunity
for fieldwork during my undergraduate degree program offered
by the Department?
|NO. The Department organizes fieldtrips and onsite workshops
annually but they are not components of any degree program.
Do you have any awards or prizes for students’
|YES. The Department has recognized the significance of
appreciating its students’ performance and achievements.
There are several awards in the form of medals, prizes and
scholarships. Read more about them