Course Listing

Elementary Hindi

  • HNDI 110
  • HNDI 120

An in-depth introduction to modern Hindi, including the Devanagari script. A combination of graded texts, written assignments, audiovisual material, and computer-based exercises provides cultural insights and increases proficiency in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Hindi. Emphasis on spontaneous self-expression in the language.

Intermediate Hindi

  • HNDI 130
  • HNDI 140

A two-term sequence designed to develop proficiency in the four language skills. Extensive use of cultural documents including feature films, radio broadcasts, and literary and nonliterary texts to increase proficiency in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Hindi. Focus on cultural nuances and Hindi literary traditions.

Emphasis on spontaneous self-expression in the language.

Accelerated Hindi

  • HNDI 132 / HNDI 532
  • HNDI 142 / HNDI 542

A fast-paced course designed for students who are able to understand basic conversational Hindi but who have minimal or no literacy skills.

Introduction to the Devanagari script; development of listening and speaking skills; vocabulary enrichment; attention to sociocultural rules that affect language use. Students learn to read simple texts and to converse on a variety of everyday personal and social topics.

Advance Hindi

  • HNDI 150 / HNDI 550

An advanced language course aimed at enabling students to engage in fluent discourse in Hindi and to achieve a comprehensive knowledge of formal grammar. Introduction to a variety of styles and levels of discourse and usage. Emphasis on the written language, with readings on general topics from newspapers, books, and magazines.

Readings in Hindi Literature

Three courses are offered.

Hindi in the Diaspora

  • HNDI 157 / HNDI 557 (spring 2016)

An advanced language course designed to develop overall language skills through selected readings in Hindi literature and the study of popular culture in the Indian diaspora. Works by Suaham Bedi, Sunita Jain, and Umesh Agnihotri; theater, films, and other art forms; news articles and television programs related to political, social, and cultural debates.

  • HNDI 158/HNDI 558 (spring 2017)

Writing in Independence and Post-Independence Development of language skills through selected readings in Hindi literature and the study of popular culture of pre and post independence including partition. Focus on the works of Munshi Premchand, Mannoo Bhandhari, Mohan Rakesh, and Amrita Pritam. Debates on political, social, and cultural topics.

  Hindi Literature and Public Culture

  • HNDI 159/ HNDI 559 (spring 2018)

An advanced language course that develops language skills through selected readings of Hindi literature and the study of popular culture. Focus on the adaptations of literary works of Prem Chand, Mannoo Bhandhari, Sharat Chandra, and Amrita Pritam in popular culture, cinema, theater, and television dramas.

Advance Tutorial

  • HNDI 198

For students with advanced Hindi language skills who wish to engage in concentrated reading and research on material not otherwise offered by the department. Work must be supervised by an adviser and must terminate in a term paper or the equivalent. Permission to enroll requires submission of a detailed project proposal and its approval by the language studies coordinator.