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Program in Hindi

Penn State offers three semesters of instruction in Hindi. Look under the HINDI rubric in the schedule of classes for courses, HINDI 001, 002, and 003. In some years, depending on student interest, we may offer a fourth semester of Hindi.

The following information may be helpful for students interested in pursuing the Hindi language sequence.

First, there are no prerequisites to register for Hindi 001. Students spend the first half of Hindi 001 in learning the Devanagari script. Mastery of the Devanagari script is essential for Hindi 002 and beyond. Because the Devanagari script is also used for Sanskrit, and many of the conventions of writing, grammar, and vocabulary rules associated with this script applies broadly to other south Asian languages, Hindi 001 can be a gateway not only to Hindi, but more broadly to the larger south Asian culture. Students graduating from Hindi 001 are able to read and understand simple sentences in Hindi and can conduct some preliminary conversation in the language.

Second, students registering for Hindi 002 and beyond are expected to be able to read the Devanagari script. Hindi 002 teaches preliminary grammar, reading, and comprehension, and Hindi 003 helps students to read longer prose passages, to communicate in simple sentences both verbally, as well as in writing, with the expectation that students graduating from the Hindi language sequence will be able to navigate the cultural and linguistic diversity of the Indian subcontinent and beyond with some confidence. So, we strongly encourage those who are interested in Asian Studies to take a look at the Hindi language sequence. 

Students wishing to pursue summer language learning in Hindi may wish to consult the following resources:

Study Abroad in India

Our Director of Undergraduate Studies has developed a presentation that outlines options for Penn State undergraduates who want to major or minor in Asian Studies programs and go abroad. Find it here.

[NEW] Bangalore opportunity! Students wishing to travel to India and to receive PSU credit should contact Veena Raman, who offers a course through CAS/STS that takes students to Bangalore, India, for two weeks. Students may also pursue internship opportunities while in India. See here (PDF) for more details.