The Certificate in South Asian Languages and Civilizations

Certificate in South Asian Languages and Civilizations CU Boulder SALC Certificate


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.

In the 21st century, international companies and government agencies are searching for employees with language skills in Hindi-Urdu and a broad understanding of South Asia. The Certificate in South Asian Languages and Civilizations is designed to help prepare CU students for these emerging careers.




The certificate requires a total of 19 credit hours to include both language and content courses.

A fundamental component of the certificate is the study of Hindi-Urdu. The certificate requires that students complete at least one year of Hindi-Urdu language courses (10 hours) beyond the beginning level with a grade of C or better. (Language course hours begin to count towards the certificate at level 2110.) No other languages will count towards the certificate.

The certificate also requires that students complete 9 upper division credit hours (three courses) of approved content courses with a grade of C- or better (see list of courses below). Of these three upper division courses, one must be designated HIND and offered by the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations.

A student who participates in an approved study abroad program may earn up to 10 credit hours for language study at the intermediate or advanced level. Approval of study abroad credits will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the certificate’s advisor.

Students should also consult with the South Asian Languages and Civilizations Certificate advisor annually, and must fulfill the requirements for a B.A. or B.S. degree in an established major in a school or college of the University of Colorado.


SALC Certificate Statement of Intent.pdf

SALC CertificateCompletionForm.pdf

SALC ProgramofStudyForm.pdf


List of Approved Courses:


ANTH 4180 Theory in Cultural Anthropology: The Himalayas

ANTH 4570/5750 Culture and Society in South Asia

ANTH 4690 Anthropology of Tibet

HIND 3441 Screening India: A History of Bollywood Cinema

HIND 3811 Power of the Word: Subversive and Censored 20th Century Indo- Pakistani Literature

HIND 3651 Living Indian Epics: The Ramayana and the Mahabharata in the Modern Political Imagination

HIND 3661 South Asian Diasporas: Imagining Home Abroad

HIND 3831 The Many Faces of Krishna in South Asia Literature and Culture

HIND 3851 Devotional Literature of South Asia

HIST 3133 The Decolonization of the British Empire

HIST 4329 Islam in the Modern World: Revivalism, Modernism, and Fundamentalism, 1800-2001

HIST 4339 Borderlands of Empire

HIST 4349 Decolonization of the British Empire

HIST 4528 Islam in South and Southeast Asia

HIST 4538 History of Modern India

HIST 4548/5548 Women in Indian History

HIST 4558 Modern Indian Intellectual History

HIST 4820 Human Rights: Historical Perspectives

HIST 6628 Readings in South Asian History

IAFS 4500 Post-Cold War South Asia

RLST 3200 Hinduism

RLST 3300 Foundations of Buddhism

RLST 3820 Tibetan Buddhism

RLST 4200/ 5200 Topics in Hinduism

RLST 5210 Sanskrit


Certificate Advisor

Peter Knapczyk

Instructor of Hindi

Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations

WDBY 315