UofSA Standalone Courses

Fundamentals of Sanskrit Grammar and Introduction to Classical Literature


One Semester

Course Tuition:

Limited Financial Assistance/Scholarships are available

General Admission Requirements:

Prospective students contact the admissions office for admission requirements.
This program does not require internship or externship.

Course Onjective

The main objective of this bridge program is to initiate students into Sanskrit, the ancient language of wisdom. This course covers fundamental elements of the language such as declensions of some primary Nouns and Conjugations of Verbs along with selections from treatises of great poets with a view to interest the beginners and encourage them to go for the knowledge contained in Sanskrit.

The study of basic grammar will help the students understand and appreciate the original texts of bhartṛhari, kālidāsa and pañcatantra. The study of declensions will enable the students understandthe changes in Noun forms in various endings and genders.

The study of combinations will help the students understand the changes he study of conjugations will help the students understand the changes a Verb undergoes in various tenses, persons and numbers.

a Vowel undergoes in combination with other Vowels.

Course Content

The contents of the course include the basics of grammar, namely the declensions, conjugations and combinations. Also included is the poetry and prose.

Bhartṛhari’s Nītiśataka & Kālidāsa’s Raghuvaṃśa form the poetic element while Viṣṇuśarmā’s Pañcatantram forms the prose element.

Learning Outcome

The students would have a strong foundation of Sanskrit basic grammar to learn and appreciate the beauty of the language and would benefit from its rich wisdom. It is hoped that they would be ready to take on the Certificate course with confidence.