The Hindi-Urdu program in the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations offers Hindi-Urdu language courses, as well as courses taught in English about South Asian culture and literature.
We are pleased to offer the Certificate in South Asian Languages and Civilizations for students who wish to pursue a concentration in South Asian studies with coursework in ALC and other departments at CU.
Students from our program have received prestigious scholarships to participate in intensive language programs in India, including the Foreign Language Area Scholarship (FLAS) and scholarships from the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS).
Hindi-Urdu Language Courses
Hindi and Urdu are spoken by some 500 million people in India and Pakistan, and throughout the world. Hindi-Urdu is the language of Bollywood cinema and song, journalism, education, commerce, religion, and literature. Although some consider Hindi and Urdu to be separate languages, they share a common grammar and core vocabulary, and are often identical in colloquial speech. In writing a key difference becomes apparent, as Hindi uses the Devanagari script, while Urdu uses the Perso-Arabic script.
We offer a three-year course sequence in Hindi-Urdu, in which students learn both Hindi and Urdu scripts. Earlier courses in this sequence develop students’ practical skills in both spoken and written Hindi-Urdu. Advanced courses are organized around themes such as media and journalism, and topics in Hindi-Urdu literature.
The Hindi-Urdu course sequence fulfills language requirements for various majors, including the Major in Asian Studies offered by the Center for Asian Studies, and the Major in International Affairs. Courses in Hindi-Urdu are also a major component of our Certificate in South Asian Languages and Civilizations.
Courses about South Asia
In addition to Hindi-Urdu language courses, we offer a range of courses in English about South Asian culture, civilization, cinema, and literature. These include:
Introduction to South Asian Civilization
Screening India: A History of Bollywood Cinema
Living Indian Epics: The Ramayana and the Mahabharata in the Modern Political Imagination
South Asian Diasporas: Imagining Home Abroad
The Power of the Word: Subversive and Censored 20th Century Indo-Pakistani Literature
The Mahabharata as Literature, Performance, Ideology
The Many Faces of Krishna in South Asian Literature
Devotional Literature in South Asia
The Certificate in South Asian Languages and Civilizations
For students who wish to pursue a concentration in South Asian studies with coursework in ALC and other departments at CU, we are pleased to offer the Certificate in South Asian Languages and Civilizations. Click here for a detailed description of the certificate’s requirements and a list of approved courses.
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Recent ALC Graduate
Passes Highest Level of
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CU Boulder Alumna passes the N1 Level of JLPT conducted in December 2014.
JLPT is the largest standard test that measures and certifies the Japanese-language proficiency of non-native Japanese speakers. Read more about this achievement here.
ALC Students Win
To Study Hindi in Jaipur
Two of ALC's Hindi-Urdu students has been selected by the The Critical Language Scholarship Program to study Hindi in Jaipur this summer. This is an extremely competitive national scholarship; read more about this here.
Prof. Matthias L. Richter,
whose recent book
The Embodied Text: Establishing Textual identity in Early Chinese Manuscripts
has received honorable mention for the 2015 Levenson Book Prize from the
Association for Asian Studies.
Details of this honor can be found here.
Dr. Michiko Kaneyasu,
recipient of the Association For Asian Studies' Hamako Ito Chaplin Memorial Award for Excellence in Japanese Language Teaching for 2014
Dr. Laurel Rodd,
awarded the Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation for 2014 in recognition for her outstanding contributions to the promotion of mutual understanding and goodwill between the people of Japan and the United States.
More about this well-deserved recognition can be found here.