Turkish Program

We offer numerous opportunities for students wishing to pursue Turkish Studies, including Turkish language, culture, society, history, and gender.

Turkish Language Study

Turkish Language Courses

Students may enroll for Turkish language courses, as well as other courses focusing on Turkey and the Middle East (see courses)

  • TURK 101/102: Elementary Turkish
  • TURK 401/402: Intermediate Turkish
  • TURK 403/404/503/504: Advanced Turkish
  • TURK 407/408/507/508: 4th Year Turkish

In addition, Ottoman Turkish is offered from time to time under TURK 410/510, 411/511. Contact Linda Darling for questions regarding Ottoman Turkish.

Turkish Special Examination for Credit

There is special examination for credit for TURK 401 & 403.

To take a test, you will need to complete the following steps in the order listed:


  1. Applications for Special Examination for Credit or Special Examination for Grade may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar: reghelp@arizona.edu(link sends e-mail)
  2. The application must be approved by your advisor.
  3. The examining instructor and the head of the examining department must determine your eligibility and sign the application.
  4. You must return the application to the Office of the Registrar, and pay the $21-per-unit fee at the Bursar's Office (University Services Bldg104). We can not schedule a special examination until notified by the Bursar's Office that the fee has been paid.
  5. The examination is scheduled by the examining instructor normally during the same semester in which the application is made.
  6. Exam and awarding of credit will be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar by the examining instructor. The credit ("CR") is reported to the Office of the Registrar. The examination, together with your graded examination paper and any appropriate evaluations of oral performance or projects, is then filed with the department for at least one year.

Please contact Debbie Marlow (dmarlow@arizona.edu), the MENAS Undergraduate Advisor, or Dr. Ahmet Okal (@okal@arizona.edu) for more info.

Undergraduate Offerings

Students pursuing a B.A. in Middle Eastern and North African Studies can choose Turkish as their language track. We also offer a minor in Turkish Studies.

Graduate Offerings

MENAS and affiliated faculty take an interdisciplinary approach to Turkish studies through our M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Middle Eastern and North African Studies.

Arizona in Turkey

Study abroad in Istanbul, Turkey. This 8-week summer program offers Turkish language courses, including intermediate and advanced Turkish. Learn more about Arizona in Turkey.

Turkish Faculty

    Turkish Faculty

    Linda Darling

    Professor of History

    Social Sciences Room 219

    Benjamin Fortna

    Director, School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies

    Professor, History of Modern Middle East & Ottoman Empire

    • The Ottoman Empire and Turkey
    • Modern history
    • Biography and education

    Ahmet Okal

    Assistant Professor of Practice, Turkish Language

    Brian Silverstein

    Associate Professor of Anthropology

    Emil W. Haury Building, Room 126

    Andrew Wedel

    Professor of Linguistics