Hindi-Urdu Minor

Hindi-Urdu is critical to global culture. South Asia is now a major economic and geopolitical power, and home to one-fifth of the world’s population. By conservative estimates, over half a billion people speak the language in South Asia, and depending on chosen parameters, it is variously ranked as the second- to fourth-most widely spoken language in the world. To directly communicate with this vast population of Hindi-Urdu speakers and have unfettered and unfiltered access to the rich cultural history of North India and Pakistan, fluency in Hindi-Urdu is essential. There a rich literary tradition in Hindi-Urdu and its dialectal ancestors, going back about a thousand years. There is also a thriving popular culture of South Asia – one which is very much dependent on Hindi-Urdu. 

Requirements

In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

The undergraduate minor in Hindi-Urdu consists of four courses.

Core Requirements
Three courses are language courses beyond HNUR 203 chosen from among the following:9-10
Intermediate Hindi-Urdu II
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Advanced Hindi-Urdu I
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Advanced Hindi-Urdu II
IDEAs in Action General Education logo South Asian Society and Culture
IDEAs in Action General Education logo South Asian Media and Film
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Sex and Social Justice in South Asia
Seminar on the Urdu-Hindi Ghazal
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Health and Medicine in South Asia
Topics in Hindi-Urdu Literature and Language
The other course must be chosen from among the following:3
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: Media Masala: Popular Music, TV, and the Internet in Modern India and Pakistan
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: India through the Lens of Master Filmmakers
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: Wars and Veterans: Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: Emperors, Courts, and Consumption: The Mughals of India
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Iranian Post-1979 Cinema
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Persian Literature
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Iranian Women Writers
IDEAs in Action General Education logo History of the Indian Subcontinent to 1750
History of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh: South Asia since 1750
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Survey of South Asian Cultural History
Introduction to South Asian Art
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Hindi-Urdu Poetry in Performance
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Music of South Asia
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Contested Souls: Literature, the Arts, and Religious Identity in Modern India
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Bollywood Cinema
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Love in Classical Persian Poetry
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Iranian Prison Literature
IDEAs in Action General Education logo India through Western Eyes
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Nation, Film, and Novel in Modern India
Modern South Asia
Hindu Gods and Goddesses H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Buddhist Tradition: Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka
The Buddhist Tradition: India, Nepal, and Tibet
Sex, Religion, and Violence: Revolutionary Thought in Modern South Asia
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Cracking India: Partition and Its Legacy in South Asia H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Story of Rama in India
IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Mahabharata: Remembered and Reimagined
Community in India and South Asia
Religions of South Asia
IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Story of Rama in Indian Culture--Experiential
IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Mahabharata: Remembered and Reimagined--Experiential
Dance and Embodied Knowledge in the Indian Context
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Persian Sufi Literature
Gender in Indian History
Religion, Co-existence, and Conflict in Pre-Colonial India
Global Shangri-La: Tibet in the Modern World
Sex, Gender, and Religion in South Asia
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Beauty and Power in the Classical Indian World
Fiction and History in India
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Sufism
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Islam and Islamic Art in South Asia
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Religion and Culture in Iran, 1500-Present
Religious Conflict and Literature in India
Total Hours12-13
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Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

HNUR 308 does not count toward the minor. 

Placement credit (PL) may not be used to meet minor requirements.

See the program page here for special opportunities.

Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Visit Program Website

New West 113, CB# 3267

(919) 962-4294

South Asia Program Advisor

Pamela Lothspeich

ploth@email.unc.edu

Chair

Morgan Pitelka

mpitelka@unc.edu

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Robin Visser

rvisser@email.unc.edu

Student Services Specialist

Ash Barnes

wow@unc.edu