Certificate of Proficiency

The Program in South Asian Studies, under the auspices of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, offers students the methodological and theoretical tools to study the political, economic, social, religious, literary, and cultural institutions of the region with particular focus on the modern history of India and Pakistan.

Hindi, Urdu, and Sanskrit
The Program in South Asian Studies offers a four-term sequence of language instruction in Hindi, Urdu, and Sanskrit. Completion of all four terms of  a language will satisfy the University language requirement.  All language instruction is offered with an emphasis on gaining knowledge of the cultural context of South Asia, with Hindi and Urdu instruction focusing on speaking, reading, and writing, and Sanskrit instruction focusing on reading and interpreting a variety of traditional literary genres.   The program encourages students to take advantage of intensive summer language programs and of the numerous opportunities to study or travel in South Asia, including a semester or year abroad. For more information, contact the Office of International Programs.

Admission to the Program
Students concentrating in any department may enter the certificate program with permission from the director. A student normally enters the program at the end of the sophomore year, although entrance in the fall of the junior year is not precluded. Students in the departments of anthropology, history, politics, religion, sociology, comparative literature, or the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs may find that their studies mesh particularly well with the requirements of the program. Concentrators in the Woodrow Wilson School will select South Asia as a field of concentration.

Certificate Requirements
To obtain a certificate of proficiency, students must complete the normal requirements in their department of concentration as well as the following requirements of the program:

  • Four semesters of Hindi, Urdu, or Sanskrit, or demonstrated proficiency in one of these or another South Asian language through a program examination. See the program director to discuss using a language other than Hindi, Urdu or Sanskrit to fulfill the program's language requirement.

  • At least four courses on South Asia in any of the following departments:  Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Economics, History, Near Eastern Studies, Politics, Religion, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, or the Program in South Asian Studies.  Please note: No more than two courses in any one department may be used to count toward the certificate of proficiency, and only one course of the four may be taken as P/D/F.

  • A senior thesis written in the student's department of concentration with a significant South Asian component. If there is no possibility for South Asian content in the senior thesis, students must write a separate piece of independent work focusing on South Asia; please consult with the program director.

Students who complete the requirements of the program with satisfactory standing receive a certificate of proficiency in South Asian studies upon graduation.

Certificate Courses

The undergraduate courses of interest to certificate students are offered by an array of departments.  Some courses, not on the list below, may also qualify for the certificate.  Please contact Jayne Bialkowski with any questions.

Course descriptions are available in the current Undergraduate Announcement, which can be found online at the Office of the Registrar.

Fall 2015

HIN 101/URD 101    
Elementary Hindi and Urdu I (R. Phillips)

HIN 105   
Intermediate Hindi I (R. Phillips)

HIN 301/URD 301    
Advanced Hindi-Urdu I (F. Farooqui)

SAN 101  
Elementary Sanskrit I (N. Yanchevskaya)

SAN 105  
Intermediate Sanskrit I (N. Yanchevskaya)

URD 105 
Intermediate Urdu I (F. Farooqui)

HIS 241   
Faith and Power in the Indian Ocean Arena (M. Laffan)

NES 240  
Muslims and the Qur’an (M. Zaman)

NES 323  
Introduction to Early Sufism (ca. AD 800 – AD 1200) (M. Barry)

REL 225  
The Buddhist World of Thought and Practice (J. Stone)

SAS 321   
The Politics of Pakistan (Z. Mian and C. Jaffrelot)

SAS 325   
Experiencing India through Bollywood (F. Farooqui)

Spring 2015

HIN 102/URD 102
Elementary Hindi and Urdu II (F. Farooqui)   

HIN 107
Intermediate Hindi II (R. Phillips)

HIN 302/URD 302
Advanced Hindi-Urdu II (R. Phillips)

URD 107
Intermediate Urdu II (F. Farooqui)

HIS 417
Gandhi: The Making of the Mahatma (G. Prakash)

NES 307
Afghanistan and the Great Powers, 1747-2001 (M. Barry)

NES 324
Introduction to Later Sufism (ca. AD 1200 to present) (M. Barry)

POL 377
Rise of Asia: Political Economy of Development (A. Kohli)

REL 306/ART 326/SAS 306
Creating the Universe: Buddhist Science, Ritual, and Art (E. Huntington)
SAS 335/GSS 335
Gender and Performing Arts in South Asia (R. Phillips)

SAS 350
Development and Dissent in India – South Asia (P. Sainath)

SAS 360
Reporting Inequality: The Media and the Marginalized (P. Sainath)

Complete List of Certificate Courses


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