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 the SALC certificate advisor two months prior to graduation.
Students cannot earn both the Certificate in South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Minor in Hindi/Urdu.
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 nine 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.
|Possible Electives Include:|
|Anthropological Perspectives: Contemporary Issues (The Himalayas)|
|Culture and Society in South Asia|
|Anthropology of Tibet|
|Screening India: A History of Bollywood Cinema|
|The Power of the Word: Subversive and Censored 20th Century Indo-Pakistani Literature|
|Living Indian Epics: The Ramayana and the Mahabharata in the Modern Political Imagination|
|South Asian Diasporas: Imagining Home Abroad|
|The Many Faces of Krishna in South Asia Literature and Culture|
|Devotional Literature in South Asia|
|Islam in the Modern World: Revivalism, Modernism, and Fundamentalism, 1800-2001|
|Borderlands of the British Empire|
|Decolonization of the British Empire|
|Islam in South and Southeast Asia (1000 to the Present)|
|History of Modern India|
|Women in Modern India|
|Buddha to Gandhi: A History of Indian Nonviolence|
|Human Rights: Historical Perspectives|
|The Post-Cold War World (South Asia)|
|The Post-Cold War World (South Asia/Conflict/Resolution)|
|The Post-Cold War World (Conflict/Culture in South Asia)|
|Happiness and Nirvana: Enlightenment in Indian Religions|
|Yoga: Ancient and Modern|
|Islamic Mysticism: Ibn Arabi, Rumi, and the Sufi Tradition|
|Foundations of Buddhism|
|Topics in Religious Studies (Tibetan Buddhism)|
|Topics in Hinduism|
|Topics in Buddhism|
|Body and Magic in India|
|Advanced Readings in Sanskrit|
Students should consult with the SALC certificate advisor annually and must fulfill the requirements for an undergraduate degree at CU Boulder.