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 2016

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 (R. Phillips)

SAN 101  
Elementary Sanskrit I (N. Yanchevskaya)

SAN 105  
Intermediate Sanskrit II (N. Yanchevskaya)

URD 105 
Intermediate Urdu I (F. Farooqui)

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

HIS 332   
India before Europe: Politics, Religion, and Culture in South Asia, 1000-1857 A.D. (D. Cherian)

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

POL 351/ WWS 311
The Politics of Development (J. Widner)

SAS 340/COM 322  
Popular Trends in South Asian Literature (F. Farooqui)

SAS 332   
Mythology of Classical India (N. Yanchevskaya)

SAS 345   
Islam in South Asia: Literary Perspectives (S. Jaffer)

Spring 2016

FRS 146
Classical India from Rigveda to Kamasutra through Verbal and Visual Art
(Nataliya Yanchevskaya)

HIN 102/  URD 102 
Elementary Hindi II (Robert Phillips)

HIN 107 
Intermediate Hindi II (Robert Phillips)

HIN 302/ URD 302 
Advanced Hindi-Urdu II (Fauzia Farooqui)

HIS 317

The Making of Modern India and Pakistan (Gyan Prakash)

NES 324
Introduction to Later Sufiam (ca. AD 1200 to present), Michael Barry

POL 351
The Politics of Development (Atul Kohli)

POL 476
Democracy in India (Madhavi Devasher)

REL 281/ SAS 281
Buddhist Philosophy (Jonathan Gold)
SAN 102
Elementary Sanskrit II (Nataliya Yanchevskaya)

SAN 107
Intermediate Sanskrit II (Nataliya Yanchevskaya)

SAS 322
South Asian Popular Culture (Robert Phillips)

URD 107 
Intermediate Urdu II (Fauzia Farooqui)

Complete List of Certificate Courses


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