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Department of English

The English Department has always been a strong teaching department which is committed to the harmonious relationship between teaching, research and larger concerns of society. The University of Kelaniya  boasts the largest student body of any English department in the country.



Department of Fine Arts

In 1978, the Department of Fine Arts was established.  The curriculum was expanded to include more studio-based subjects, allowing students to develop practical skills in one chosen area of a studio art, while learning historical and theoretical aspects of fine arts in general. In the year 2005, the Department of Fine Arts was divided as two units as ‘Visual Arts and Design and Performing Arts Unit’ and ‘Image Arts and Drama and Theater Unit’.



Department of Hindi Studies

Providing a scholarly knowledge of the Hindi Language, Literature and North Indian culture, and promoting related research in this field among Sri Lankans are the aims of the Department of Hindi which was established at the very founding of this University, under the guidance of the Venerable Professor Bhadantha Anand Kausalyayan, an expert in Hindi, from India.



Department of Linguistics

Linguistics as an independent field of study was recognised by  the university  in 1972  after the establishment of the Department of Linguistics under the Faculty of Humanities.During the past thirty two years Department of  Linguistics has been  expanding its programs which include B.A. Courses in Linguistics, Translation Methods, Tamil as well as the post graduate degrees M.A., M.Phil.  and Ph.D. in Linguistics.



Department of Modern Languages

The University of Kelaniya maintains its unique reputation for study of languages being the only University in the island to offer courses in seven languages.French, German, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Spanish for study internally or externally.The Department of Modern Languages, one of the oldest departments in the university is the only University department in the country to offer students such a wide range of foreign languages.



Department of Pali & Buddhist Studies

It is a vigorous and expanding center of teaching and research and remains deeply committed to the study of Pali and Buddhist Studies. The department handles three main disciplines. They are Pali, Buddhist Philosophy and Buddhist Culture.In addition to undergraduate and postgraduate courses a Diploma in Pali and Buddhist Studies for foreign students is also offered.


Department of Sanskrit

In Sri Lanka this the only University which has a department of  Sanskrit studies in the Sinhala medium. The department provides facilities for students to obtain B.A., M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., degrees. In addition to this there is a certificate course and a diploma course for foreign students.


Department of Sinhala

Nearly 500 students enroll for the courses conducted by this department annually. At present Sinhala Department of the Kelaniya University is a full fledged department with a highly qualified staff.The candidate who has acquired high marks in Sinhala Special Degree will be awarded a Gold Medal by the Professor D. J. Wijerathna Memorial Foundation.


Department of Western Classical Culture & Christian Culture

The Western Classical Culture section deals with the ancient civilization, history, antiquities, art, philosophy, drama and theater, literature, literary criticism of Greece and Rome. It also teaches languages such as Greek and Latin. The section on Christian Culture offers a unique opportunity for students of any religious affiliation, Christian or not, to learn of Christianity as one of the worlds' religions.