TeluguTelugu is the third most spoken language in India, and according to 2007 estimates, there are 74 million Telugu speakers worldwide. Telugu is also one of India’s classical languages, for its literary history dates back to the 2nd century. It continues to have a strong literary tradition and is the medium for several art forms, including Kuchipudi dance drama and “Tollywood” films. The region in which it is spoken, Andhra Pradesh, has a diverse cultural and religious landscape that includes Hindu, Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist communities. Hyderabad, the captial of Andhra Pradesh, is also called “Cyberabad” because it is a center of technological innovation.
Students who speak Telugu, but cannot read or write, should register for TEL 506.
Students who would like to test out of Telugu can purchase the DAE (Departmental Administered Exam) form from Instructional Assessment and Evaluation and take the final exam for TEL 312L in May with the rest of the class. Please contact the Department of Asian Studies for more information.