Program in South Asian Studies
Gyan Prakash (fall/spring)
Zahid R. Chaudhary, English
Isabelle Clark-Decès, Anthropology
Ben Conisbee Baer, Comparative Literature
Jonathan C. Gold, Religion
Atul Kohli, Woodrow Wilson School, Politics
Gyan Prakash, History
Bhavani Raman, History
Muhammad Z. Zaman, Near Eastern Studies, Religion
Sits with Committee
Gary J. Hausman, Firestone Library
David Magier, Firestone Library
Karen McGuinness, Woodrow Wilson School
Zia Mian, Woodrow Wilson School
Mekhala Natavar, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
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. The Program in South Asian Studies offers a four-term sequence of language instruction in Hindi. Completion of all four terms of the sequence will satisfy the University language requirement. The program emphasizes the skills of speaking, reading, and writing Hindi, as well as the cultural context of South Asia. 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 Program in South Asian Studies.
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.
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:
1. Four semesters of Hindi, or demonstrated proficiency in Hindi or another South Asian language through a program examination. See the program director to discuss using a language other than Hindi to fulfill the program's language requirement.
2. At least one history course on South Asia in the Department of History.
3. At least two courses on South Asia in the Departments of Anthropology, Economics, or Politics, or the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Introduction to South Asian Cultures (ANT 217/SAS 217), offered by the Department of Anthropology in conjunction with the Program in South Asian Studies, is the gateway course for the study of South Asia.
4. At least one relevant course on South Asia in the Departments of Comparative Literature or Religion.
5. 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.
HIN 101 Elementary Hindi I Fall
An introduction to the skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Hindi. Classroom activities include comprehension, grammar exercises, and conversation. Some attention to the cultural context of northern India. Depending on interest, Urdu script will also be taught. No credit is given for HIN 101 unless followed by HIN 102. M. Natavar
HIN 102 Elementary Hindi II Spring
Provides the second semester of training in spoken and written Hindi. The primary objective is to continue to increase understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Hindi. Classroom activities include comprehension, grammar exercises, role-plays, and conversation. Some attention to the cultural context of northern India. Depending on interest, Urdu script will also be taught. Four classes. M. Natavar
HIN 105 Intermediate Hindi Fall
Begins the second year of training in spoken and written Hindi. The primary objective is to continue to increase speaking, listening, reading, and writing proficiency of the language. Classroom activities include comprehension, grammar exercises, role-plays, songs, conversation, video viewing and production. Some attention to the cultural context of northern India. Depending on interest, Urdu script will also be taught. Three 90-minute classes. M. Natavar
HIN 107 Intermediate Hindi II Spring
A continuation of the second year of intermediate Hindi language training, this course focuses on improving skills in the following areas: reading expository texts and extended narratives, writing descriptive informative texts of three to four page lengths, verbal communication on a range of topics, and expanding analytical understanding of the structure of the Hindi language. Quite a bit of attention to the cultural context of South Asia is given. M. Natavar
SAS 320 Science, Technology, and Society: South Asian Perspectives Spring SA
Science, Technology, and Society (STS) is an interdisciplinary field that explores the social and historical shaping of science and technology. This course provides an introduction to STS with special focus on South Asia. We will consider questions such as: Is Bangalore simply an Indian version of Silicon Valley? Does outsourcing truly result in a 'flattening' of the world? What issues result from virtual migration and body shopping? What is the role of national identity in constructs of Hindu or Islamic science? How do South Asian electronic cultures relate to pirate modernity? Does cell phone culture vary globally? G. Hausman
SAS 337 Social Change in Contemporary India (see ANT 337)