The South Asian language component is comprised of courses in Hindi and Urdu. As these languages share a basic grammar, quotidian diction, and popular cultural forms, they are taught parallel to each other, with both scripts being taught in all of the sequences. Students should thus expect to learn the basic and advanced grammars and both the devanagari and nastaliq scripts. They will also attain facility with everyday conversation and familiarize themselves with the cultural contexts in which these languages are operative.
Students will be encouraged to participate in various extra-curricular activities such as film nights and outings to see dance or other performances as these take place in the Twin Cities.
Students wishing to advance their learning and attain fluency in Hindi and/or Urdu are advised to participate in study abroad programs through the American Institute for Indian Studies, the Berkeley Urdu Language Fellowship Program or other such programs.
The Hindi-Urdu curriculum requires students to attain basic knowledge of the classical Indic and Islamicate cultural traditions from which both modern Hindi and Urdu took shape. The curriculum seeks to promote innovative research, whether of individual authors, literary movements, traditional forms or other relevant topics.
Director of Language Instruction