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    Instruction in Manchu is available on a regular basis at Harvard through courses offered in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Courses are open to undergraduates and graduate students alike. The basic curriculum is 2 years in length, with the beginning level offered in alternate years; it will be offered again in 2010-11. The first year (Manchu A and Manchu B) introduces the writing system and grammar, while the second year (Manchu 120A and Manchu 120B) consists of reading and translation in a range of texts, including the unpointed script. Manchu 300, offered every year on demand, is a directed reading course for advanced students.

    In addition, a year-long research seminar in Manchu studies (Manchu 210A and 210B) is offered every three years. A prerequisite for this course is good ability in both classical Chinese and classical Manchu. A reading knowledge of Japanese is also recommended. The course was offered in 2004-5 and 2007-8 and will next be offered in 2010-11.

    All courses in Manchu are taught or supervised by Professor Mark Elliott. Visitors who wish more information about him, including a complete bibliography of publications, should visit his departmental web page.

    Graduate Study at Harvard

    The study of Manchu at the graduate level is normally undertaken by students in one of four PhD programs (EALC, HEAL, IAAS, History,) or by students in the RSEA AM program. Occasionally, students from Linguistics also enroll. Each of these programs maintains its own admissions committees. Depending on your discipline and area of interest, your needs may be better met by one or another department. Please navigate to those websites for more information (look under "graduate admissions"). Also, please note that when applying to graduate programs, you may apply to two different departments or PhD committees.

    Additional information for prospective students is available at the website of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.