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Department of Languages

Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Sinhala, BA (Hons) in Sinhala

The Honors Degree Program in Sinhala conducted by the Department of Languages, seeks to produce Scholars, Innovators, Leaders and Global Citizens in the following manner:


Scholars - The Department has striven to provide the country with skilled and innovative graduates equipped with a broad knowledge base and disciplinary expertise in Sinhala. They are aware of contemporary as well as historical research in the field of Sinhala and able to conduct their own research and investigation in a growing information technology.

Innovators - Graduates in Sinhala in the Department possess a broader vision for the country in its forward march. Being imaginative, creative, and inspired by a multicultural perspective, they are capable of producing men and women with measured caliber and imaginative thinking to contribute for the national development in all the relevant levels. 


Leaders - Our graduates take personal responsibility and seek opportunities to work with others to advance thinking and achievement in all spheres of their lives. They are confident, inspiring and influential.


Global Citizens - Graduates who complete our degree program are expected to be able to gain globally competitive knowledge through the discipline of Sinhala. They act with integrity and fluency across cultures and perspectives, are committed to the betterment of society, open in their thinking and are appreciative of the riches that diversity and equity bring. 


Graduate Capabilities

There are six clusters of generic capabilities which the Department seeks to foster in all of its graduates through teaching and learning in the respective Honors Degree Programs of study. These, as relevant to the Honors Degree Program in Sinhala, are:


1. Disciplinary Knowledge & Practice 



Graduates are expected to understand the gravity and the significance of Sinhala as a language and be equipped with knowledge of its evolution of grammar and literature and very rich classical, modern literary genres, Sinhala language and its associations with electronic media and technology. They should appreciate the capacity of their discipline in research. 


This theme includes the ability to


  • demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding of the core aspects of the area of study.
  • critically analyze data, make judgments and propose solution to problems.
  • construct and sustain arguments use these arguments ,ideas and techniques in problem solving.
  • use practical skills and enquiry efficiently within the area of study.
  • understand the importance of Sinhala language for enriching the world of thoughts, and enhance the linguistic foundation and as a tool of transferring the cultural heritage for making civilization.
  • understand the generic classification of grammar, proses, verses, drama, lyrics and cinema and etc.
  • capture the classic and modern literature.
  • appreciate and criticize the literature using its respective theories.
  • understand the ways of handling researches in Sinhala language and literature.


2. Critical Thinking 



Graduates are expected to be able to contest knowledge and practice, critically consider ideas, texts and research and think reflectively and reflexively.


This theme includes the ability to


  • think imaginatively and innovatively.
  • evaluate problems from multiple perspectives.
  • access information and judge its pertinence.
  • introduce new dimensions to existing ones in the domestic environment.
  • enrich domestic tools of thinking


3. Solution Seeking 



Graduates are expected to be able to apply skills, knowledge, and Language competencies to solve problems and make informed decisions. They are expected to be able to have long-term and big picture perspectives in the field.


This theme includes the ability to


  • construct and sustain arguments and use these arguments, ideas and techniques in problem solving for a given situation.
  • understand and see language-related problems in perspective.
  • assess problems from multicultural point of view; analyze, seek and select solutions in that perspective; plan and devise strategies to achieve them.
  • widen the ways of looking at problems 


4. Communication & Engagement  



Graduates are expected to be able to receive, interpret information, and express ideas and share knowledge with diverse audiences through Sinhala language and literature. They are expected to be able to establish a rapport and build collaborative relationships with individuals and groups. 


This theme includes the ability to


  • communicate/present information, ideas, issues and solution efficiently and effectively.
  • demonstrate awareness of the current developments in the area of study.
  • participate actively in teams and professional networks.
  • convey meaning successfully using Sinhala language accurately.
  • communicate productively using ICT skills in Sinhala language and literature.
  • express ideas effectively verbal and nonverbal communication methods appropriately. 



Graduates are expected to be able to learn and work autonomously and ethically. They are expected to be lifelong learners, to show resilience, proactively and inability to make principled decisions in academic and professional spheres.  


This theme includes the ability to


  • participate in lifelong learning in and beyond their discipline.
  • exhibit resilience, independence and personal autonomy
  • demonstrate leadership, personal characteristics and attitudes that are consistent with ethical behavior.
  • understand academic integrity and professional ethics within a disciplinary context.
  • learn independently and proactively


6. Social & Environmental Responsibilities



Graduates are expected to be sensitive to cultural diversity and to be committed towards preserving the interests of the pluralistic society. They are expected to recognize a role for themselves in creating a future with the consideration of the social and cultural consequences of national and international issues


This theme includes the ability to


  • consider the wider implications of local and global issues.
  • demonstrate awareness of implications of world events
  • exercise cultural competence and appreciate diversity.
  • understand the multifaceted relationships in mankind through literature.

Year I Semester I

SNH 111 (3) Introduction to Sinhala Studies I


Year I Semester II

SNH 121 (3) Introduction to Sinhala Studies II


Year II Semester I

SNH 211 (3) H +G+M The Short Story

SNH 212 (3) H +G The Novel

SNH 213 (3) H Eastern Literary Criticism


Year II Semester II

SNH 221 (3) H +G+M Drama and Theater

SNH 222 (3) H +G Modern Sinhala Poetry

SNH 223 (3) H Western Literary Criticism


Year III Semester I

SNH 311 (3) H +G+M Sinhala Lyrics

SNH 312 (3) H +G* Classical Sinhala Prose

SNH 313 (3) H +G* Classical Sinhala Poetry

SNH 314 (3) H Introduction to Linguistics

SNH 315 (3) H World Literature 1


Year III Semester II

SNH 321 (3) H +G+M Publishing Methods

SNH 322 (3) H +G* Sri Lankan Culture and Arts

SNH 323 (3) H +G* Usage of Sinhala Language in Mass Media

SNH 324 (3) H The Electronic Media and Literature

SNH 325 (3) H Theory and Practice of Translation

SNH 326 (3) G* Scientific Report Writing


Year IV Semester I

SNH 411 (3) H Research Methodology

SNH 412 (3) H World Literature II


The Department has authority to offer three course units from the following:

SNH 413 (3) H Sinhala Epigraphy and Inscription

SNH 414 (3) H The Historical Linguistics and the Evolution of Sinhalese Language

SNH 415 (3) H Modern Linguistic Theory and Sinhala

SNH 416 (3) H Traditional Sinhala Grammatical Studies


Year IV Semester II

SNH 421 (6) H Dissertation / Practical Training



G* is required to be followed by the students who obtainSinhala as a major subject in the general degree only.

SLQF Level:
General 05 | Honours 06

120 (Hons) | 100 (General)

04 Years (Hons) | 03 Years (General)

Medium of Instruction:

Delivery of Lectures:
Full time