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Certificate Program in Hindu Studies

Depending on the area of study, the Certificate Program in Hindu Studies prepares a student to become a teacher, a public intellectual, a spokesperson, a writer, and an expert ambassador in the ‘public square’. Anyone including, already employed professionals or prospective degree
students may apply to the Certificate Program in Hindu Studies. This Certificate Program is open to all, and there are no prerequisites enforced, other than the consent of the Program Director.

The Certificate Program in Hindu Studies may be earned by taking 6 courses in an area of study, for a total of 18 Quarter Credit hours.

  • The Certificate Program in Hindu studies is targeted towards people who wish to develop deeper expertise in a specific area of Hindu thought, without pursuing a degree.
  • Students have significant flexibility in the pace at which they complete their course credits i.e., some may take one course per quarter over six quarters, while others may be able to complete the certificate in two quarters
  • Some certificate course credits may be transferable towards a Diploma or Degree program at a later stage
Śhānti Parva

Śhānti Parva

To elaborate ideas of good governance and duties of a ruler towards his subjects and Dharma as enshrined in Śānti ... Read More
Mahābhārata III: War Books

Mahābhārata III: War Books

TAT 7203 - This course is the third of a 6-part Course Sequence that explores the great epic of India, ... Read More
Ayurveda – The Wisdom of Wellbeing

Ayurveda – The Wisdom of Wellbeing

TAT1101 - This foundational course is designed to make the timeless wisdom of Ayurveda accessible to everyone in simple and ... Read More
James Mill and the Rise of Liberal-Left in Britain

James Mill and the Rise of Liberal-Left in Britain

PHS 6303 - This course shows that the noxious discourse on Hindus and Hinduism which emerged through the writings of ... Read More
Arthaśāstra

Arthaśāstra

CPS 5505 To examine the core ideas such as state, war, and peace in the ancient text Arthashastra, a major ... Read More
Indian and Western Music Traditions – A Comparative Study

Indian and Western Music Traditions – A Comparative Study

This course is the first of a three-part course sequence in the Hindu Musical Traditions – Shastriya Sangeet. Hindu Musical ... Read More
The Bhagavadgītā and the West

The Bhagavadgītā and the West

This course traces the history of the Western reception of the Bhagavadgītā, a central text of classical Hinduism. The course ... Read More
Hindu Contributions to the world in the realm of matter

Hindu Contributions to the world in the realm of matter

HSF1002 - This course explores the contributions of the Hindus to the world in the realm of matter, which has ... Read More
Orientation to Hindu Studies

Orientation to Hindu Studies

HSF5000 - An overview of the unique programs, areas of study and courses offered by Hindu University of America. Preliminary ... Read More
Orientalism and Hinduism

Orientalism and Hinduism

In postcolonial scholarship, Edward Said’s work Orientalism can be considered a landmark text. This course helps students understand what Said ... Read More
Hindu Musical Traditions – A Historical Perspective

Hindu Musical Traditions – A Historical Perspective

TAT3102 - This Course is the second in the 2-Course Sequence in the Hindu Musical Traditions – Shastriya Sangeet. Hindu ... Read More
The Yoga of Bhagavad Gita

The Yoga of Bhagavad Gita

YOG 2001 - This Course takes the Students into a Journey of Exploration of Yoga as enunciated in the Bhagavad ... Read More
vedas

An Overview of the Veda

The Vedas are the oldest body of sacred knowledge known to man. A bird’s eye view of the four Vedas, ... Read More
Philosophy of Science and Hinduism

Philosophy of Science and Hinduism

In the colonial and postcolonial contexts, there have been many attempts both by Indians and western people to situate the ... Read More
Hindu Musical Traditions -  A Cultural Immersion

Hindu Musical Traditions – A Cultural Immersion

TAT3101 - This course is the first in a 2-Course sequence in the Hindu Musical Traditions – Shastriya Sangeet. Hindu ... Read More
Teaching Yoga for Children

Teaching Yoga for Children

This course enables students to integrate yoga in their teaching career, for guiding children, and for developing spiritual parenting skills ... Read More
Hinduism & Peace

Hinduism & Peace

An exploration of Hindu thought, particularly those elements which are relevant from a conflict resolution perspective ... Read More
Contesting Neo-Hinduism

Contesting Neo-Hinduism

The current mainstream narrative in western academia is that there are two kinds of Hinduism: traditional and neo and that ... Read More
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How Hindu Dharma Transformed America

HAM2100 - This course  explores the history and impact of Vedic Wisdom on America’s Spiritual Landscape. Hindu Dharma has irrevocably ... Read More
Teaching Yoga for Children

Teaching Yoga for Children

This course enables students to integrate yoga in their teaching career, for guiding children, and for developing spiritual parenting skills ... Read More
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

HSF6005 - The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali is a foundational text for understanding the world of Yoga. Today, Yoga has ... Read More
International Politics: A Hindu Perspective

International Politics: A Hindu Perspective

To explore methods to bridge the chasm between the practice of international politics and universal moral principles ... Read More
Managing Back Pain through Holistic Yoga

Managing Back Pain through Holistic Yoga

This course provides online classroom training under the guidance of senior yoga therapists so that students can learn to practice ... Read More
Advaita, Viśiśtādvaita and Dvaita – The three flavors of Vēdānta śāstra

Advaita, Viśiśtādvaita and Dvaita – The three flavors of Vēdānta śāstra

TAT4001 - Hindu Thought provides for the simultaneous co-existence of varied perspectives on the nature of ultimate Reality. When developed ... Read More
Critical Issues in Hindu Studies

Critical Issues in Hindu Studies

This course outlines the critical issues involved in the European understanding of Hindus and India, developed within the framework of ... Read More
Akshardham

Discover Life by Exploring India

A unique study abroad course that offers an authentic, transformative and enriching experience. This course is aimed at students of ... Read More
Reconstructing Hindu History – The Commissions

Reconstructing Hindu History – The Commissions

HAM4201 - This course is the first of a two-quarter course sequence that examines the scientific evidence emerging in contemporary ... Read More
Mahābhārata IV: Epic Philosophy

Mahābhārata IV: Epic Philosophy

TAT7204 - This course is the fourth of a 6-part Course Sequence that explores the great epic of India, The ... Read More
Historicism and Its Crisis

Historicism and Its Crisis

The intellectual movement known as historicism dominated the nineteenth century. At its simplest, it is the view that history is ... Read More
Human Rights: A Hindu Perspective

Human Rights: A Hindu Perspective

To demonstrate how human rights concept and policy could be found in Hindu philosophy, and also how such a linkage ... Read More
Reconstructing Hindu History – The Omissions

Reconstructing Hindu History – The Omissions

HAM4202 - This course is the second of a two-quarter course sequence that examines the scientific evidence emerging in contemporary ... Read More
Mahābhārata VI: Methods and Scholarship

Mahābhārata VI: Methods and Scholarship

This course is the sixth of a 6-part Course Sequence that explores the great epic of India, The Mahābhārata. This ... Read More
Ancient Greek Philosophy

Ancient Greek Philosophy

What is the meaning of existence? What is the nature of truth? These were the questions asked by ancient Greek ... Read More
The Mahābhārata II: Dicing and Exile

The Mahābhārata II: Dicing and Exile

This course is the second of a 6-part Course Sequence that explores the great epic of India, The Mahābhārata This ... Read More
Hindu Contributions to the world in the realm of matter

Hindu Contributions to the world in the realm of matter

HSF1002 - This course explores the contributions of the Hindus to the world in the realm of matter, which has ... Read More
The Yoga of the Yoga Sutras

The Yoga of the Yoga Sutras

YOG2002 - This course takes the students into a journey of exploration of yoga as enunciated in the yoga sutras ... Read More
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Bhakti and Philosophy

In religious studies, bhakti is often described as devotion or intense feeling, and presented as “faith” in contrast to “reason.” ... Read More
History of Dharmaśāstras I

History of Dharmaśāstras I

This two-part survey course provides an overview of dharma literature from ancient and medieval texts of the Hindu tradition. The ... Read More
The Dharma Of Global Sustainability

The Dharma Of Global Sustainability

CPS2001 - This course explores the impact of ancient Vedic Wisdom on the modern questions of environmental sustainability and global ... Read More
Hinduism and Conflict Resolution

Hinduism and Conflict Resolution

CPS 5502 -  The course explores Hindu ideas and their relevance for conflict resolution. A late payment fee of $50 ... Read More
Ādi Śaṅkara

Ādi Śaṅkara

Ādi Śaṅkarācārya, the author of numerous commentaries and pedagogical tracts, is the seminal philosopher in Hinduism, especially its “advaita vedānta” ... Read More
History of Dharmaśāstras II

History of Dharmaśāstras II

This is the second course in a two-part survey course that provides an overview of dharma literature from the Hindu ... Read More
Spiritualistic Hindu woman meditating using rosary or japa mala in the garden.

Gita Vidya Sadhana For Teens and Parents

HSF1004 - Gita Vidya Sadhana is the first part of a three-part sequence of courses titled Sadhana, Sodhana, and Vadana ... Read More
Mahābhārata V: Bhakti and Contemporary Hinduism

Mahābhārata V: Bhakti and Contemporary Hinduism

This course is the fifth of a 6-part Course Sequence that explores the great epic of India, The Mahābhārata. The ... Read More
The Mahābhārata I: From Beginning to End

The Mahābhārata I: From Beginning to End

This course is the first of a 6-part Course Sequence that explores the great epic of India, The Mahābhārata Aimed ... Read More
Freedom and Reality: An Introduction to Advaita Vedanta

Freedom and Reality: An Introduction to Advaita Vedanta

(HSF5004) - Who am I, really? Why am I here?  Why do we suffer?  Is there any solution to the ... Read More
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Bhagavad-Gita for the Beginner -Sodhana

HSF2004 - Bhagavad-Gita for the Beginner SODHANA is the second part of a three-part sequence of courses titled Sadhana, Sodhana ... Read More
Race and Hindu Reform

Race and Hindu Reform

HAM 6405 This course is the second part of a two-part course sequence that begins with HAM6403-Race and Modern Hinduism ... Read More
Vālmīki’s Rāmāyaṇa

Vālmīki’s Rāmāyaṇa

Vālmīki’s Rāmāyaṇa is a classic story of human self-development focused on the relationship between the macrocosm (the kingdom) and the ... Read More
Indian woman holding Diwali oil lamp

Advaita Vedanta: A Method

This course will explore and demonstrate the use of the methods (prakriyas) used in the Upanisads to unfold the non-dual ... Read More
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