The Certificate in South Asian Languages and Civilizations is designed to help prepare CU students for careers with international companies and government agencies that are searching for employees with language skills in Hindi/Urdu and a broad understanding of South Asia.
South Asia—comprising India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Tibet—has emerged as a key center of economic, political and cultural power in the 21st century. South Asia in ancient times drove the economy of Central and Southeast Asia, exported a cosmopolitan Sanskrit literary culture and was the spiritual home of Hinduism and Buddhism. South Asia in medieval times was a major hub of global trade and the pride of a wide-ranging Persianate civilization. Its Mughal Empire was far more populous and wealthy than the Ottomans and Safavids combined. South Asia today is home to over 100 officially recognized languages and most of the world’s major religious traditions. With some 500 million speakers, Hindi/Urdu is one of the most popular languages in the world, alongside Mandarin, English and Spanish. Hindi-Urdu boasts thriving contemporary literary and media cultures, and—with Bollywood—the world’s largest and most influential film industry.
Students currently pursuing the requirements of the Certificate in South Asian Languages and Civilizations (SALC) or interested in doing so should complete the Statement of Intent form available on the department website. Students who have completed the requirements for the SALC certificate and are graduating in December or May must complete the Program of Study form and the Certificate Completion form, also available on the department website, and submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org two months prior to graduation.
Students cannot earn both the Certificate in South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Minor in Hindi/Urdu studies.
The certificate requires a total of 19 credit hours (9 of which must be upper-division), which include both language and content courses.
Required Courses: At least one year of Hindi/Urdu language courses beginning at the intermediate level (2000 level) with a grade of C or better. A student who participates in an approved study abroad program may earn up to 10 credit hours for language study at an intermediate or advanced level.
Electives: Three courses, at least one of which must be a course designated HIND. These 9 credit hours may be selected from the list of approved content courses below and are to be completed with a grade of C- or better. Approval of study abroad credits for content courses will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
|ANTH 4180||Anthropological Perspectives: Contemporary Issues (The Himalayas)||3|
|ANTH 4750||Culture and Society in South Asia||3|
|ANTH 4690||Anthropology of Tibet||3-6|
|GEOG 3832||Geographies of South Asia||3|
|HIND 3441||Screening India: A History of Bollywood Cinema||3|
|HIND 3811||The Power of the Word: Subversive and Censored 20th Century Indo-Pakistani Literature||3|
|HIND 3651||Living Indian Epics: The Ramayana and the Mahabharata in the Modern Political Imagination||3|
|HIND 3661||South Asian Diasporas: Imagining Home Abroad||3|
|HIND 3831||The Many Faces of Krishna in South Asia Literature and Culture||3|
|HIND 3851||Devotional Literature in South Asia||3|
|HIST 4329||Islam in the Modern World: Revivalism, Modernism, and Fundamentalism, 1800-2001||3|
|HIST 4339||Borderlands of the British Empire||3|
|HIST 4349||Decolonization of the British Empire||3|
|HIST 4528||Islam in South and Southeast Asia (1000 to the Present)||3|
|HIST 4538||History of Modern India||3|
|HIST 4548||Women in Modern India||3|
|HIST 4558||Buddha to Gandhi: A History of Indian Nonviolence||3|
|HIST 4820||Human Rights: Historical Perspectives||3|
|IAFS 4500||The Post-Cold War World (South Asia)||3|
|IAFS 4500||The Post-Cold War World (South Asia/Conflict/Resolution)||3|
|IAFS 4500||The Post-Cold War World (Conflict/Culture in South Asia)||3|
|RLST 2610||Happiness and Nirvana: Enlightenment in Indian Religions||3|
|RLST 2612||Yoga: Ancient and Modern||3|
|RLST 3070||Islamic Mysticism: Ibn Arabi, Rumi, and the Sufi Tradition||3|
|RLST 3200||Yoga, Castes and Magic: Hindu Society and Spirituality||3|
|RLST 3300||Foundations of Buddhism||3|
|RLST 3550||Tibetan Buddhism||3|
|RLST 3820||Topics in Religious Studies (Tibetan Buddhism)||3|
|RLST 4200||Topics in Hinduism||3|
|RLST 4250||Topics in Buddhism||3|
|RLST 4280||Body and Magic in India||3|
|RLST 5210||Advanced Readings in Sanskrit||3|
Students should consult with the advisor annually and must fulfill the requirements for an undergraduate degree at CU Boulder.