Certificate of Proficiency

To obtain the certificate of proficiency, undergraduate students must complete the requirements in their major department as well as the following requirements of the program.

  • At least one history course on South Asia in the Department of History.

  • At least two courses on South Asia in the Departments of Anthropology, Economics, Politics, or the Woodrow Wilson School.

  • At least one relevant course on South Asia in the Departments of Comparative Literature, NES or Religion.

  • The senior requirement may be fulfilled by completion of a thesis with a significant South Asian focus written in the department of concentration. Alternatively, the requirement may be fulfilled by completion of a senior research project in consultation with the director of the Program in South Asian Studies. The use of primary materials in the languages of the region is encouraged in senior essay projects.

  • Four semesters of Hindi or Urdu or demonstrated proficiency in Hindi or Urdu or other South Asian language through program examination. Courses to fulfill this requirement should be taken while the student is at Princeton. Students may also pursue intensive language study through courses or work abroad.

The Program in South Asian Studies strongly encourages concentrators to take advantage of intensive summer language programs and the numerous opportunities to study or travel in South Asia, including a semester or year abroad. Contact Program Director Isabelle Clark-Deces for more information.

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 2014

HIN 101/URD 101: Elementary Hindi and Urdu I (F. Farooqui)

HIN 105: Intermediate Hindi I (R. Phillips)

HIN 301/URD 301: Advanced Hindi-Urdu I (R. Phillips)

URD 105: Intermediate Urdu I (F. Farooqui)

ANT 321: Ritual, Myth, and Worldview (I. Clark-Deces)

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

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

NES 319: South Asian Islam, 998-1803 (M. Barry)

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

NES 334: Modern Islamic Political Thought (M. Zaman)

POL 351: The Politics of Development (J. Widner)

SAS 325: Experiencing India through Bollywood (F. Farooqui)

Summer 2014

GLS 315:  Growing Up in India PIIRS Global Seminar

Spring 2014

HIN/URD 102:  Elementary Hindi/Urdu II

HIN 107:  Intermediate Hindi II

URD 107:  Intermediate Urdu II

HIN/URD 302:  Advanced Hindi/Urdu II

CLA 476:  Introduction to Sanskrit II

FRS 124:  Experiencing India through Bollywood

HIS 317: The Making of Modern India and Pakistan

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

NES 340/REL 338: Muslim South Asia

POL 440:  Seminar in International Relations: International Relations of South Asia

REL 325: Hindu Scriptures

SAS 322:  South Asian Popular Culture

WWS/SAS 319:  Society and Politics in Pakistan

Complete List of Certificate Courses


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