Introductory Classical Mongolian is offered for a full academic year in alternate years, with an intermediate course and additional reading courses available in succeeding years. The program, which focuses on reading and translating ability, is aimed at introducing students to Classical (literary) Mongolian as a research tool for their work in history, linguistics, religion, and other areas of research. The first course is mainly devoted to the Mongol script, vocabulary, and basic grammar. It includes simple readings from standard historical and religious texts. The spring course focuses on more advanced grammatical knowledge and is meant to introduce students to a wider variety of texts.