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Bengali (Bangla) is the essence and pride of all Bengal, no matter where its speakers reside or the number of years spent away from West Bengal (India) or Bangladesh, the two places where Bengali is a native language. While India has about 67 million Bengali speakers, its neighbor Bangladesh has approximately 100 million speakers. These figures do not indicate the entire population of Bengalis, as many speakers reside in various other countries. For instance, the UAE has about 70,000 Bengali speakers, and the US has a far greater number. The extensive diaspora of the Bengali population all over the globe has raised the language's everyday demand, as well as its popularity in the international scene.

Bengali is more than a language, as it opens the door to a whole vista of rich cultural materials, both traditional and contemporary. Those who learn Bengali soon find themselves enamored by the works of Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel laureate in literature, and hosts of other reputed literateurs. Others learn to appreciate the beauty and craft of Bengali cinema, especially the films of Satyajit Ray, the winner of the Oscar's Lifetime Achievement Award. For those interested in philosophy and religion, knowledge of Bengali becomes crucial in understanding the philosophies of Swami Vivekananda, Chaitanya, and the Bhakti movement of Bengal.

In today's world, Bengali occupies an important place. Originating from middle of the tenth century, this language allows one to explore the prevailing trends of a community that holds onto traditional values, but, at the same time, is eager to explore new and diverse paths.

Faculty:
Current Course Offerings:

Term A = Spring

Term B = Summer

Term C = Fall


Course Title Term Time
BENG 403-680 BENG403 - BEGINNING BENGALI 2012A T 0530PM-0730PM
R 0530PM-0730PM
BENG 423-680 BENG423 - INTERMEDIATE BENGALI 2012A T 0930AM-1030AM
W 1200PM-0200PM
BENG 423-680 BENG423 - INTERMEDIATE BENGALI 2012C TR 0530PM-0730PM
BENG 424-680 BENG424 - INTERMEDIATE BENGALI II 2013A TR 0530PM-0730PM
BENG 403-680 BENG403 - BEGINNING BENGALI I 2013C TR 0530PM-0700PM
BENG 404-680 BENG404 - BEGINNING BENGALI II 2014A TR 0500PM-0630PM
BENG 423-680 BENG423 - INTERMEDIATE BENGALI I 2014C TR 0500PM-0630PM
BENG 424-680 BENG424 - INTERMEDIATE BENGALI II 2015A TR 0500PM-0630PM
BENG 403-680 BENG403 - BEGINNING BENGALI I 2015C TR 0500PM-0700PM
BENG 404-680 BENG404 - BEGINNING BENGALI II 2016A T 0500PM-0700PM
R 0500PM-0700PM
BENG 403-680 BENG403 - BEGINNING BENGALI I 2016C CANCELED
BENG 423-680 BENG423 - INTERMEDIATE BENGALI I 2016C TR 0500PM-0630PM
BENG 424-680 BENG424 - INTERMEDIATE BENGALI II 2017A TR 0500PM-0630PM
BENG 403-680 BENG403 - BEGINNING BENGALI I 2017C TR 0500PM-0700PM
BENG 433-680 BENG433 - ADVANCED BENGALI 2017C TR 0500PM-0630PM