Madhusudan and Kiran C. Dhar India Studies Program
516 N. Fess Avenue, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47408-3842 812-855-5798 | email@example.com
The following courses can be used to satisfy major, minor, and certificate requirements in India studies.
INST I100 Introduction to India (3 cr.) S&H.
I. Culture, Art, Religion***
INST I496: Individual Reading in Indic Studies (1-6 cr.)
INST I414: India Lost and Found
INST I370: Ancient and Classical Literature in India (in translation) (3 cr.)
INST I371: Medieval Devotional Literatures of India (in translation) (3 cr.)
INST I380: Women in South Asian Religious Traditions
FOLK F121: World Arts and Cultures (3 cr.)
ENG L383: Studies in British or Commonwealth Culture (3 cr.)
REL B420 Topics in Hindu Religious Traditions (3 cr.)
REL R153: Religions of Asia
REL D375: Religion and Literature Midevil Devotional Indian Literature (3 cr.)
REL B202: Issues in South Asian Religions
REL B210: Introduction to Buddhism
REL B220: Introduction to Hinduism
REL B315: Tantric Buddhism
REL B320: Hindu Goddesses
REL B330: Women in South Asian Religious Traditions
REL B333: Seeing the Buddha: Buddhist Art of India and Tibet
REL B335: Bollywood and Beyond
REL B414: Buddhist Philosophy in India
REL B420: The Mahabharata
REL B433: Embodying Nirvana
REL D325: Religions in Practice: Yoga
II. Society, History, Politics
INST I211: Introduction to South Asian History
INST I362: International Relations of South Asia
CEUS R329: Buddhism in Central Asia and the Tibetan Empire
CEUS R351: Prophets, Poets, and Kings
CEUS R370: Introduction to the History of Tibet
CEUS R371: Tibet and the West
CJUS P407: Terrorism
INTL I422: Contested Territories/Conflicted Identities
INTL I423: Postcolonial/Postcommunist Discourses
INTL I425: Gender: International Perspectives
GEOG G220: Social / Historical Topics in Geography (with relevant topic focus)*
GEOG G415: Advanced Urban Geography
GEOG G441: Migration and Mobility
HIST G300: Issues in Asian History (with relevant topic focus)*
HIST G350: Modern South Asia
HIST H238: Introduction to South Asian History
HIST J300: Intensive Writing Seminar (with relevant topic focus)*
HIST W300: Issues in World History (with relevant topic focus)*
MSCH J448 Global Journalism: Issues and Research
POLS Y300 Government and Politics in South Asia
POLS Y356 South Asian Politics
POLS Y362 International Relations of South Asia
INST B100 Elementary Bengali I (5 cr.)
INST B150 Elementary Bengali II (5 cr.) P: B100 or equivalent proficiency.
INST B200 Intermediate Bengali I (3 cr.) P: B150 or equivalent proficiency.
INST B250 Intermediate Bengali II (3 cr.) P: B200 or equivalent proficiency.
INST B300 Advanced Bengali I
INST B350 Advanced Bengali II
INST B325 Bengali Conversation
INST H100 Beginning Hindi I (5 cr.)
INST H110 Hindi Script
INST H150 Beginning Hindi II
INST H200 Second-Year Hindi I
INST H250 Second-Year Hindi II
INST H300 Advanced Hindi I
INST H350 Advanced Hindi II
INST H325 Hindi Conversation
INST S100 Elementary Sanskrit I
INST S150 Elementary Sanskrit II
INST S200 Intermediate Sanskrit I
INST S250 Intermediate Sanskrit II
INST U100 Beginning Urdu I
INST U150 Beginning Urdu II
INST U200 Second-Year Urdu I
INST U250 Second-Year Urdu II
INST U300 Advanced Urdu I
INST U350 Advanced Urdu II
INST U325 Urdu Conversation
INST L100 Elementary Indian Languages I (5 cr.)
INST L150 Elementary Indian Languages II (5 cr.) P: L100 or equivalent proficiency in the same language.
INST L200 Intermediate Indian Languages I (3 cr.) P: L150 or equivalent proficiency in the same language.
INST L250 Intermediate Indian Languages I (3 cr.) P: L 200 or equivalent proficiency in the same language.
Cross-Listed Language Courses**
CEUS-T 151 Introductory Persian I
CEUS-T 152 Introductory Persian II
CEUS-T 171 Introductory Tibetan I
CEUS-T 172 Introductory Tibetan II
CEUS-T 251 Intermediate Persian I
CEUS-T 252 Intermediate Persian II
CEUS-T 271 Intermediate Tibetan I
CEUS-T 272 Intermediate Tibetan II
CEUS-T 351 Advanced Persian I
CEUS-T 352 Advanced Persian II
CEUS-T 371 Advanced Tibetan I
CEUS-T 372 Advanced Tibetan II
Courses not listed above that substantially address South Asia may be included in the major or minor by special arrangement with the academic advisor. Students interested in majoring or minoring in India Studies should contact the advisor, Olga Bueva, at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your coursework trajectory and to obtain approval for courses not listed above to count towards an India Studies major or minor.
*Similarly, special topics courses from any department/program can be included if the content relates principally to South Asia and with the approval of the academic adviser.
**Other languages that are widely spoken in South Asia, such as Turkic or Pashto, can be taken for India Studies credit with the approval of the academic adviser.
***Courses fulfilling the “Literary and Performance Studies” and “Philosophical and Religious Studies” groups should generally be selected from this category. Appropriate “group” credit for a course from this category should be awarded in consultation with the academic adviser.
Please note, that as of Fall 2017, the College of Arts and Sciences has introduced restrictions on non-College coursework that can count towards College major or minor objectives. Courses offered through departments in the School of Global and International Studies, The Media School and the College of Arts and Sciences that are not listed above, and which substantially address South Asia, can be considered towards an India Studies major or minor with the approval of the academic advisor. However, the Dhar India Studies Program must petition the Dean’s office for any non-College course to count towards a College minor or major. This includes courses offered through the School of Education, School of Business, School of Law or SPEA. If there is a course offered in one of these non-College schools that substantially addresses South Asia, please speak with the academic advisor immediately so we may consider beginning a petition process with the Dean’s office.
The following courses can be used to satisfy major, minor, and certificate requirements in India studies.
I501† Elementary Sanskrit I (4 cr.)†Introduction to Sanskrit, a classical language of ancient India. Basic grammatical structure and vocabulary in preparation for the reading of both secular and religious texts.
I502† Elementary Sanskrit II (4 cr.) Continuing introduction to Sanskrit. Basic grammatical structure and vocabulary in preparation for the reading of both secular and religious texts. Students will read a short epic Sanskrit piece.
I506 Beginning Hindi I (4 cr.)†Introduction to the Hindi language through its writing system and basic grammar. Graded exercises and readings leading to mastery of grammatical structures and essential vocabulary. Development of reading and writing competence and simple conversations in contemporary Hindi. Classroom use of story books, tapes, and Indian films in Hindi.
I507 Beginning Hindi II (4 cr.)†Continuation of the first semester. Graded exercises and reading for mastery of grammatical structures and essential vocabulary.†Composing short dialogues from the studentsí own environment. Reading, writing, and conversational skills are sharpened.
I508 Second-Year Hindi I (3 cr.)†Focuses on reading such literature as† mythology, folklore, and modern short stories and poetry, including several examples from Urdu literature. Students compose and perform their own dialogues based on the material read.
I509 Second-Year Hindi II (3 cr.)†Promotes rapid reading skills and building vocabulary. Study of grammar is based on Hindi reading materials and includes regular grammar drills. Students sharpen composition skills by retelling stories from the reading material orally and in writing.
I561† Intermediate Sanskrit I (3 cr.)
I562† Intermediate Sanskrit II (3 cr.)
I570 Ancient and Classical Literature of India (in translation) (3 cr.)† Survey of the ancient and classical Sanskrit literatures of India in translation, presented in cultural context.
I571 Medieval Devotional Literatures of India (in translation) (3 cr.) This course covers some of the earliest devotional literature from South India; the northern poems of the Krishna-devotional traditions; and some Indian Sufi materials.†We explore the literary innovations of this material; the role of social class in the devotional traditions; and consider why seemingly transgressive material has become so widely accepted and loved.
I580 Women in South Asian Religious Traditions (3 cr.) A historical view of the officially sanctioned roles for women in several religious traditions in South Asia, and women's efforts to become agents and participants in the religious expressions of their own lives.
I597 Sanskrit Religious Literature (3 cr.)† P:INST I501-I502 Elementary Sanskrit or consent of instructor. Arranged tutorial readings from selected Indian religious texts in the original Sanskrit representing a variety of styles, periods, and religious traditions; includes selections from Hindu scriptures, religious epics, commentaries, religious law, hymns, philosophical texts, and Buddhist literature. May be repeated once for credit when topics vary.
I605 Seminar on Indic Studies (3 cr.)† Advanced research seminar on selected topics in India Studies. Seminar may focus on specific texts, specific historical figures, basic themes, or issues in India Studies.
I656 Graduate Readings in Indic Studies (1-6 cr.)† R: reading knowledge of Sanskrit and Hindi/Urdu.† Selected and substantive topics investigated† from ancient, medieval, and modern texts about the civilization of India.† May be repeated when topic varies for a maximum of six credit hours.
L500 Elementary Indian Languages I (3 cr.) Various languages will be offered when available. Bengali and Gujarati are offered for Fall 2010. May be retaken for credit, but only in a different language from that of the first enrollment. Introduction to and brief history of language. Basic sound patterns and writing system with ideas about basic grammar. Ideas about simple sentence structure and basic grammar leading to reading and construction of short sentences. Learning essential vocabulary for everyday conversation. Practicing different expressions: apology, greeting etc. Classroom use of films, tapes, short conversation, stories, etc.
L550 Elementary Indian Languages II (3cr.) P: L500 or equivalent proficiency in the same language. Various languages will be offered when available. Bengali and Gujarti are offered for Spring 2011. May be retaken for credit, but only in a different language from that of the first enrollment. This course will be an advanced level of the first semester. There will be more exercises on basic grammar and sentence structures. Emphasis will be on learning new words, composing short dialogues and using them in everyday conversation by developing basic reading skills and understanding main ideas from the texts. Increased writing skills will be expected with continuous drills in grammatical structures. Students will also be expected to write short personal letters, different expressions, descriptions etc. Classroom use of story telling on personal experience, music etc. will be encouraged.
L560 Intermediate Indian Languages I (3 cr.) P: L 550 or equivalent proficiency in the same language. Various languages will be offered when available. Bengali and Gujarati are offered for Fall 2010. May be retaken for credit, but only in a different language from that of the first enrollment. This is a continuation of the first year Bengali course. The main focus of this course will be given on listening, speaking, reading and writing. Special emphasis will be given to Communicative approach to language learning.
L570 Intermediate Indian Languages II (3 cr.) P: L 560 or equivalent proficiency in the same language. Various languages will be offered when available. Bengali and Gujarati are offered for Spring 2011. May be retaken for credit, but only in a different language from that of the first enrollment. This is a continuation of the first semester Bengali course. The main focus of this course will be given on listening, speaking, reading and writing. Special emphasis will be given to Communicative approach to language learning.
U506 Beginning Urdu I (3 cr.)† Introduction to the Urdu language and basic grammar. Graded exercises and readings leading to mastery of grammatical structures and essential vocabulary. Simple conversations based on personal information, courtesy expressions, and greetings in contemporary Urdu. Classroom use of stories, tapes, films and songs.
U507 Beginning Urdu II (3 cr.)† P: U506 or equivalent proficiency. Continuation of the first semester. The writing system of Urdu and development of reading and writing. Graded exercises and reading for mastery of grammatical structures and essential vocabulary.† Composing short dialogues on everyday survival topics.
U508 Second-Year Urdu I (2 cr.)†P: U507 or equivalent proficiency. Urdu short stories, essays, poetry (gazals), dramas, newspapers and magazine articles, etc. will be utilized for reading. Initiate basic communicative tasks related to daily activities and various situations.
U509 Second-Year Urdu II (2 cr.)† P: U508 or equivalent proficiency. Promotes rapid reading skills and vocabulary building. Study of grammar is based on Urdu reading material and includes regular grammar drills. Students sharpen composition skills by retelling stories from the reading material orally and in writing. Increase speaking skill to initiate, sustain and close a general conversation on a range of topics.
Cross-Listed Graduate Courses
GEOG G563 Environmental Politics of South Asia (3 cr.) This course is designed for research-oriented undergraduates and graduate students in the social/environmental sciences and humanities. We will have seminar-based engagements with advanced theoretical texts from political ecology, political economy, environmental history, and South Asian political thought (including Subaltern Studies). Historical and contemporary case studies of political conflict around land (urban and rural), water, and forests in South Asia will ground our exploration of theoretical concepts. Students with interests in comparative politics, historiography, the South Asia region, development, or environmental and sustainability issues will find the course useful.
Y657 Comparative Politics (Political Science) Topic:† Ethnicity, Politics and Violence in South Asia (3 cr.) Every conceivable form of ethnic conflict has wracked the states of South Asia. They stem from colonial legacies, from the breakdown of political institutions and from social tensions concomitant with dramatic economic changes. This course will survey a number of competing theoretical explanations for ethno-religious conflict and violence.† There are two components to the course. It will initially focus on a substantial corpus of literature from the fields of comparative politics and international relations on ethnicity and political violence. It will then turn to an application of this literature to the South Asian context. All students will be expected to write a substantial term paper on a particular case and also present the findings in a brief class presentation. The course does NOT assume any prior knowledge of South Asian politics.
R547 Meditation Traditions of India (3 cr.) Survey and analysis of the practice of meditation in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain traditions of India. Focus on the philosophical and structural basis of meditation and the relation of meditation to the monastic traditions of India. The role of the holy person and importance of the guru-student relationship.
R551 Religions of South Asia (3 cr.) Study of the major religious traditions of India: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
R650 The Hindu Tradition (4 cr.) Selected topics in Hindu religious history: sects, institutions, texts, doctrines, periods. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
R651 South Asian Buddhism (4 cr.) Selected topics in South and Southeast Asian Buddhism from the earliest to the modern period. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
We strongly encourage students in the program to consider the possibility of studying abroad in India, such as the Hyderabad-CIEE Semester Program, and to consult with the Director about opportunities.
Overseas study is the most effective experience you can have to broaden your intercultural awareness. It enables you to enhance the knowledge of your major/minor in an international context, learn about a specific country/region, acquire language skills, and strengthen a range of personal skills.
Students should contact the Office of Overseas Study, located in the Leo R. Dowling International Center at 111 S. Jordan Avenue, for more information about the study abroad programs available to IU students.
Overseas Study Program Student Profile--Hyderabad, India