Hindi-Urdu: Language, Literature, Culture (including courses in English)

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  • CAS LN 111: First-Semester Hindi-Urdu
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: placement examination, or for those who have never studied Hindi.
    Elementary grammar, conversation, reading, writing. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • CAS LN 112: Second-Semester Hindi-Urdu
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LN 111; or placement test results.
    Continues the text from CAS LN 111; grammar, conversation, reading, writing. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • CAS LN 211: Third-Semester Hindi-Urdu
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LN 112; or placement test results.
    Development of communicative skills acquired in the first year. Readings in Indian civilization. Practice in conversational Hindi-Urdu. Writings exercises involving more complex grammatical patterns. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • CAS LN 212: Fourth-Semester Hindi-Urdu
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LN 211; or placement test results.
    Further review of the structures of Hindi-Urdu. Practice in conversation involving specialized topics. Advanced readings in Hindi. Frequent compositions. Satisfactory completion of LN 212 fulfills the CAS language requirement. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • The Individual in Community
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS LN 260: Gateway to Asian Cultures
    Panoramic introduction to the cultures of East and South Asia in comparative perspective (China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, India). Examines shared foundations, transformative inflection points, sites, peoples, and ideologies over the past two millennia through primary texts and media. Effective Spring 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS LN 380: Modern India through Bollywood
    Explores the social history and culture of modern India through the lens of popular Hindi cinema, commonly called Bollywood. We analyze Bollywood films both as forms of art and as cultural texts, and examine how they reflect and interpret modern Indian society. Course readings focus on theoretical approaches to Hindi cinema, and also shed light on the larger historical and social context that surrounds it. Effective Spring 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Aesthetic Exploration, Critical Thinking.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS LN 381: Language and Identity in India: Exploring the Phenomenon of Hinglish
    Explores how the history and contemporary usage of Hinglish reflect India's postcolonial and globalized identity. Readings on sociolinguistic theories and linguistic rules of Hinglish, with examples from cinema, advertising, social media, and popular fiction. Course taught in English. Effective Spring 2022, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Social Inquiry I.
    • Social Inquiry I
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS LN 470: Topics in South Asian Literature and Culture
    Topics vary. May be taken multiple times for credit if topic is different. Topic for Spring 2022: Contemporary Indian Literature in Context. Focuses on a number of modern (post- 1947) and contemporary Indian and South Asian texts, and reads them both against the larger historical, political, and cultural contexts in which they emerge, and against the theoretical frameworks within which they are usually placed. Effective Spring 2022, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Aesthetic Exploration.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS LN 491: Directed Study: Hindi-Urdu
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of WLL department and CAS Advising Office.
    Application form available in department.
  • CAS LN 492: Directed Study: Hindi-Urdu
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of WLL department and CAS Advising Office.
    Application form available in department.