Hindi-Urdu Minor

Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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New West 113, CB# 3267

(919) 962-4294

Pamela Lothspeich, South Asia Program Advisor


Morgan Pitelka, Chair


Pamela Lothspeich, Associate Chair and Fall 2020 Director of Undergraduate Studies


Robin Visser, Spring 2021 Director of Undergraduate Studies


Ash Barnes, Student Services Specialist


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. 

Department Programs




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 of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

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
Advanced Hindi-Urdu I
Advanced Hindi-Urdu II
South Asian Society and Culture
South Asian Media and Film
Sex and Social Justice in South Asia
Seminar on the Urdu-Hindi Ghazal
Health and Medicine in South Asia
Topics in Hindi-Urdu Literature and Language
The other course must be chosen from among the following:3
Community in India and South Asia
Introduction to South Asian Art
First-Year Seminar: Media Masala: Popular Music, TV, and the Internet in Modern India and Pakistan
First-Year Seminar: India through the Lens of Master Filmmakers
Iranian Post-1979 Cinema
Introduction to Persian Literature
Survey of South Asian Cultural History
Hindi-Urdu Poetry in Performance
Contested Souls: Literature, the Arts, and Religious Identity in Modern India
Bollywood Cinema
Nation, Film, and Novel in Modern India
The Story of Rama in India
The Mahabharata: Remembered and Reimagined
Persian Sufi Literature
Global Shangri-La: Tibet in the Modern World
The Beauty and the Power of the Classical Indian World
Love in Classical Persian Poetry
Iranian Prison Literature
India through Western Eyes
Dance and Embodied Knowledge in the Indian Context
History of the Indian Subcontinent to 1750
History of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh: South Asia since 1750
Contemporary India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh
Gender in Indian History
Religion, Co-existence, and Conflict in Pre-Colonial India
Bandits, Rebels and Storytellers: Fiction and History in India
Sex, Religion, and Violence: Revolutionary Thought in Modern South Asia
Cracking India: Partition and Its Legacy in South Asia
Music of South Asia
First-Year Seminar: Wars and Veterans: Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan
Hindu Gods and Goddesses H
The Buddhist Tradition: Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka
The Story of Rama in Indian Culture–Experiential
The Mahabharata: Remembered and Reimagined--Experiential
Islam and Islamic Art in South Asia
Religion and Culture in Iran, 1500-Present
The Buddhist Tradition: India, Nepal, and Tibet
Sex, Gender, and Religion in South Asia
Iranian Women Writers
First-Year Seminar: Emperors, Courts, and Consumption: The Mughals of India
Religious Conflict and Literature in India
Religions of South Asia
Total Hours12-13

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

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

See the program page here for special opportunities.