Certificate Program in Hindu Studies

Program Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this Certificate Program, Students will:

  1. Clarify the Hindu Paradigm, having acquired an overview of Hindu principles, practices, values, history, philosophy, society, culture, traditions, and civilization.
  2. Articulate the contemporary relevance of Hindu thought and contribute its value to the Hindu community as well as to humanity in general.
  3. Apply their learning to think from a Hindu context and develop strategies for the preservation and transmission of Hindu thought across the generations.
  4. Create new pathways for service, leadership, and global engagement from a Hindu context, and new realms of self-expression for themselves.
  5. Contribute with confidence and clarity, in unique and innovative ways towards fostering the culture and traditions of Hindu Dharma.

Structure of the Program:
The certificate program consists of a total of 24 credit hours of coursework. It can be completed at the earliest in 8 quarters, if the students can take 3 Credit hours per quarter, or more slowly over time, in any case, under five years. Students must take at least 15 Credit hours from the Core Courses in the Certificate program. They may complete the remaining 9 credit hours by taking any set of elective courses from the community education program.
The students must have completed the Orientation to Hindu Studies course minimally and must demonstrate a deep interest in service, contribution and making an impact from within a Hindu context, in order to be admitted into the Certificate Program in Hindu Studies.
Below is the list of courses-


Course Codes Course Names Core/ Elective Faculty
HSF5000 Orientation to Hindu Studies Core Shri. Kalyan Viswanathan
HSF1001 Exploring Hinduism – Part A – Geography and History Core Dr.Hema and Dr. Hari Kandadai
HSF1002 Exploring Hinduism – Part B – Divinities and Religion Core Dr.Hema and Dr. Hari Kandadai
HSF1003 Exploring Hinduism – Part C – Timekeeping, Calendar and Celebrating Cosmic Connect Core Dr.Hema and Dr. Hari Kandadai
HSF1004 Exploring Hinduism – Part D – Society and Culture Core Dr.Hema and Dr. Hari Kandadai
HAM4201 Reconstructing Hindu History – The Commissions Core Dr. Raj Vedam
HAM4202 Reconstructing Hindu History – The Ommissions Core Dr. Raj Vedam
YOG2001 The Yoga in the Bhagavad Gita Core Dr. Shriram Sarvottham
YOG2002 The Yoga of the Yoga Sutras Core Dr. Shriram Sarvottham
TAT3104 Hindu Temples and Traditions Core Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran
TAT4001 Advaita, Visistadvaita, Dvaita, – The three flavors of Vedanta Sastra Core Mr. Krishna Kashyap
HAM2100 How Hindu Dharma -Transformed America Core Dr. Philip Goldberg
TAT1101 Ayurveda – The Wisdom of Wellbeing Core Ms. Luvena Krishnamurthy
HSF1005 Lessons from the Valmiki Ramayana Core Mr. Shantanu Gupta
HSF2001 Introduction to Hindu Philosophy: Shad Darshanas. Core Dr. Kalika Uttarkar
HSF1101 Living our Svadharma in a contemporary world. Core Swamini Brahmaprajnyananda
HSF1401 Introduction to the Vedic Ritual Core Shri. Sree Aswath
HSF1203 Hindu Contributions in the Realm of Mind – Part A – Arts and Sciences Elective Dr.Hema and Dr. Hari Kandadai
HSF1204 Hindu Contributions in the Realm of Mind Part B – Life and Lifestyle Elective Dr.Hema and Dr. Hari Kandadai
HSF1201 Hindu Contributions in the Realm of Matter Part A – Big 5 Elective Dr.Hema and Dr. Hari Kandadai
HSF1202 Hindu Contributions in the Realm of Matter Part B – Game Changer Elective Dr.Hema and Dr. Hari Kandadai
TAT3102 Hindu Musical Traditions – A Historical Prespective Elective Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran
TAT3101 Hindu Musical Traditions – A Cultural Immersion Elective Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran
TAT1001 Introduction to the daśaśāntimantras Elective Dr. Swaminathan
TAT1102 Disease through the Lens of Ayurveda Elective Ms. Luvena Krishnamurthy
TAT4002 The Three Vedantic perspectives on the Bhagavad Gita Elective Mr. Krishna Kashyap
TAT3101 Hindu Musical Traditions – A Cultural Immersion Elective Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran
YOG2100 An Immersive exploration of the iconic “Autobiography of a Yogi” Elective Dr. Philip Goldberg
HSF1301 Bhagvad-Gita for the beginner – Deha Elective Mr. Gopi Prasad
HSF1302 Bhagvad-Gita for the beginner – Gnana Elective Mr. Gopi Prasad
HSF1303 Bhagvad-Gita for the beginner – Yoga Elective Mr. Gopi Prasad
CPS2001 The Dharma of Global Sustainability Elective Dr. Sailesh Rao
CPS2002 The Yoga of Global Transformation Elective  Dr. Sailesh Rao
HSF1007 Discover the contemporary relevance of Hindu Dharma Elective Mr. Jeffrey Armstrong
YOG3100 Antaranga Yoga Elective Sri Raghu Anantnarayan
YOG3101 Antaranga Mandapam Elective Sri Raghu Anantnarayan
HSF3101 The Renaissance of Sanatana Dharma in the Light of Sri Aurobindo – Part 1 Elective Dr.Sampadananda Mishra
HSF3102 The Renaissance of Sanatana Dharma in the Light of Sri Aurobindo – Part 2 Elective Dr.Sampadananda Mishra
HSF3201 Sankhya Darshana through the Sankhya Karika – Part 1 Elective Dr. Kuldip Dhiman
HSF3202 Sankhya Darshana through the Sankhya Karika – Part 2 Elective Dr. Kuldip Dhiman
HSF3301 Ramayana for Excellence in Management and Leadership Elective Dr. Balkrishnan Muniapan
TAT1201 Sri Ramcharitmanas – Continuity in Change Elective Dr.Indrani, Sadhvi Giri, Geeta V. Ji
HSF3001 Upanishadic Dialogues – I: The Chandogya Upanishad Elective Dr. Narasimhan Anantharangachar



Orientation to Hindu Studies

Course Content:

This course will offer a preliminary reflection on the central themes and ideas of Hinduism leading to an understanding of the common foundations of the great variety of traditions and practices within the umbrella of Sanatana Dharma or Hinduism. It will survey the central ideas of Hinduism – covering an Ontology of key Sanskrit terms and the principal ideas that are central to the cosmology, practice, and expressions of Sanatana Dharma. It will include reflections and perspectives on these core concepts, using selected readings from source texts such as the Vedas, Upanishads, Itihaasa, Bhagavad-Gita and Puranas. But it is not a Hinduism 101 course!
The course will also review the complex challenges that arise at the confluence of Hindu and western thought. The Hindu worldview based on Dharma with its emphasis on duties and responsibilities and sustainability of life will be contrasted with contemporary ideologies and their focus on rights and privileges, competition, exploiter-exploited binary, and survival of the fittest. The distinction between a discourse of knowledge and a discourse of power will be drawn out, as two alternate paradigms. Through this, the course will develop an overview and insight into the design of the curriculum offered by the Hindu University of America i.e., the context, and the paradigm that informs that design. It will examine the impact of colonial
discourse on postcolonial Hindu experience and leave students with the pressing urgency of intellectual decolonization. And as it distinguishes between colonial perspectives that constitute the received knowledge on Hinduism, from the lived reality of Hindus, it will present the significance and importance of Hindu studies today, in a deeply moving, inspiring and transformative way.

Course Learning Objectives:
In this course students will be able to:
a) Explore alternate paradigms, various options and trajectories available within the Hindu Studies Program
b) Distinguish the central ideas and concepts that constitute the Foundations of Hindu Dharma
c) Evaluate different elective areas of study and Courses offered: Sanskrit Studies, Texts and Traditions, Yoga Studies, History and Method, Post-Colonial Hindu studies and Conflict and Peace studies.
d) Distinguish between pathways towards a deep study of Hindu thought, or towards deep engagement with western thought from a Hindu perspective
e) Discover and Create pathways for engagement with the Hindu Studies curricula

Class Structure:
There will be a minimum of 1.5 contact hours with one or more faculty every week. The class is structured in a way that promotes discussion and debate based on self-study and reflection each week. While the content being discussed in each class will be concluded within 90 minutes, the discussion time will be free format, and can continue for an additional 30 minutes. During the course, students will be required to submit one short essay. They need not be academic quality papers – but should be based on students' self-reflection on what they have learnt and assimilated so far, and what has touched and inspired them deeply.

Area of Study: Hindu Studies Foundation

Program: Certificate Program in Hindu Studies (C.P.H.S), Community Education Program (C.E.P), Doctor of Philosophy in Hindu Studies, Master of Arts in Hindu Studies (M.A.H.S)

Required/ Elective: This course is a prerequisite for admission into Masters’ and Doctoral program in Hindu Studies. It is also a required Core course for the Certificate Program in Hindu Studies.

Prerequisites: None.

Faculty: Mr. Kalyan Viswanathan(along with others)

Time: 09:00 pm EST – 10:30 pm EST

Start Date: July 15, 2022

End Date: September 23, 2022

Day: Friday

Quarter Offered: Summer 2022