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Bengali Language At Cornell
Language Information Courses Other Resources

Language Contact Person: Sreemati Mukherjee
Phone: 255-0718        Web
Office: 184 Rockefeller Hall
In multi linguistic South Asia, Bengali is the language of two nations, India and Bangladesh.

New York City speaks and works in many different languages. In 2013, NYC had ballots and metro signs in Bengali, recognizing that a majority of the city’s electorate spoke Bengali.

For those interested in economics, employment and labor rights, nutritional sciences and development sociology knowing Bengali gives an advantage. Consequently, anyone considering a global career in health care, government service, law, business or a discipline where communicating with other people is important will find Bengali a great resource.

With about 220 million native and about 250 million total speakers, Bengali is one of the most spoken languages, ranked seventh in the world.

The Bengali Language At Cornell
Spring 2016 Class Times:
  • BENGL 1122- Elementary Bengali II (4 credits) SYLLABUS meets twice a week - M 8:30-10:00 am and T 2:30-4:20 pm

  • BENGL 2202- Intermediate Bengali II (3 credits) SYLLABUS meets 3 times a week - MTW 11:15 - 12:05 pm

  • BENGL 3302- Advanced Bengali II (3 credits)SYLLABUS meets once a week - W 3:00-4:40 pm and one TBA class meeting time

  • Directed Studies: BENGL 4432

    Fall 2016 Class Times:

  • BENGL 1121- Elementary Bengali I (4 credits) meets four times weekly - M T W R 11:15 am - 12:05 pm

  • BENGL 2201- Intermediate Bengali I(3 credits) TBA

  • BENGL 3301- Advanced Bengali I (3 credits) TBA

  • Directed Studies: BENGL 4431 TBA

    If there is a conflict of meeting times for Bengali 1121, come to the first day of class in the fall, and together we can set new class timings that will be good for everyone.


  • Cornell Area Program Affiliation: South Asia Program
    The Mission of the South Asia Program is to bring attention to South Asia in the form of courses, faculty, research, libraries, art exhibitions, language learning, resources, student organizations, and exchange programs. In addition to our pluralistic structure, the South Asia Program sponsors numerous lectures and events on South Asia, administers outreach programs, and contributes widely to academic work through our own publication series.
    • Bangla Language Fellowships from AIIS to India
      At the end of ONE year of language training in Bangla students are eligible to apply for fellowships from the American Institute of Indian Studies and continue further training in Kolkata, India. For detailed information check the AIIS web site.
    • FLAS Scholarships
      Cornell's South Asia Program (SAP) offers Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS). It is funded by the USDE under Title VI. It assists undergraduate and graduate students to acquire a high level of language ability in languages like Bengali.

    Last edited by sm138 on Wed Apr 20 2016 at 02:04 PM.