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.