Sanskrit at Rutgers
Sanskrit is the predominant classical language of South Asia. The oldest dialect, Vaidika, has a body of literature dating back at least to the 2nd millennium BCE. Yet, Sanskrit continues to be used even today in religious rituals and as a language of poetry and intellectual discourse. With the great many languages spoken throughout the South Asian subcontinent, Sanskrit has long held an important role in trans-regional communication. The corpus of Sanskrit literature is vast, containing sacred texts of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, as well as a rich body of poetry and poetic theory. Discursive literature in Sanskrit ranges across many disciplines such as Astronomy, Mathematics, Logic, Grammar, Medicine (Ayur-veda), Erotics (the Kama-sutras and related texts), Prosody, Law and Yoga. Sanskrit, as one of the oldest Indo-European languages, also plays an essential role in comparative philology
If you are interested in taking Sanskrit at Rutgers, the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures currently offers Sanskrit through the elementary (100) level.