Areas of Study

The Hindu University of America currently offers two degrees in a single program: M.A. and the Ph.D. in Hindu Studies. Students pursuing either degree are encouraged to specialize in an area by taking a minimum of 6 courses in their chosen area. Currently, HUA offers the following areas:

Hindu Studies Foundations

The Hindu Studies Foundations area is a collection of mandatory Core courses, required for most Graduate Degrees.

Sanskrit Studies

The Sanskrit Studies area features immersive study of the Sanskrit language in Sanskrit medium, starting from basic familiarity, moving towards proficiency and takes the students deep into the world of mastery of Sanskrit.

Yoga Studies

The Yoga Studies area presents a collection of courses that represent an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Yoga in its full range of ideas, practices, values and benefits.

Texts and Traditions

The Texts and Traditions (in Sanskrit called Shastra and Sampradaya) area is a collection of courses that take the student into a much deeper exploration of individual knowledge systems rooted in and emerging from Hindu thought.

Postcolonial Hindu Studies

Colonialism is not about economic exploitation alone; it severely impacts the civilizational ethos and culture of the colonized. The Hindu civilization has been under assault for the last thousand years because of which it has been significantly transformed

History and Methods

The History and Method area takes a deep dive into the evolution of European thought as it emerged through what has been called the “Enlightenment”, “Renaissance” and “Reformation” eras. It offers a collection of courses that explore the key ideas that gave rise to our contemporary mainstream understanding of the nature and place of history, historical process and the method of knowing the world through historical master narratives.

Conflict and Peace Studies

This area enriches the discipline of Conflict and Peace Studies by providing a Hindu perspective. By becoming more inclusive and pluralistic, conflicts at various levels can be approached more creatively.