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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
Exploring Hinduism for Teens and Parents

Exploring Hinduism for Teens and Parents

Who is a Hindu? Why are they called a Hindu? Who started the Hindu “religion”? When did it start? What ... Read More
Arthaśāstra

Arthaśāstra

To examine the core ideas such as state, war, and peace in the ancient text Arthashastra, a major treatise on ... Read More
The Mahābhārata War

The Mahābhārata War

The very title “Mahābhārata” conjures up images of a great war in which 18 armies were annihilated.  Using divine weaponry, ... Read More
Symbol of OM

Orientation to Hindu Studies

An overview of the unique programs, areas of study and courses offered by Hindu University of America. Preliminary reflection on ... 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
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
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 Historical Perspective

Hindu Musical Traditions – A Historical Perspective

This Course is the second in the 3-Course Sequence in the Hindu Musical Traditions – Shastriya Sangeet. Hindu Musical Traditions ... 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
Hindu Musical Traditions -  A Cultural Immersion

Hindu Musical Traditions – A Cultural Immersion

This course is the third in a 3-Course sequence in the Hindu Musical Traditions – Shastriya Sangeet. Hindu Musical Traditions ... Read More
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is a foundational text for understanding the world of Yoga. Using this text, the course will ... 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
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How Hindu Dharma Transformed America

This course explores the history and impact of Vedic Wisdom on America’s Spiritual Landscape. Hindu Dharma has irrevocably altered the ... 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
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
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 Commissions

Reconstructing Hindu History – The Commissions

This course is the first of a two-quarter course sequence that examines the scientific evidence emerging in contemporary times, in ... 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

The Mahābhārata II

In part-II of this two-part course, we shall consider the Mahābhārata’s reception in the commentaries and lived Hinduism, especially the ... Read More
Reconstructing Hindu History – The Omissions

Reconstructing Hindu History – The Omissions

This course is the second of a two-quarter course sequence that examines the scientific evidence emerging in contemporary times, in ... 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
Hindu Contributions to the world in the realm of matter

Hindu Contributions to the world in the realm of matter

This course explores the contributions of the Hindus to the world in the realm of matter, which has shaped the ... 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
The Mahābhārata I

The Mahābhārata I

Aimed at intermediate and advanced students, this course provides a comprehensive overview of Mahābhārata scholarship, including textual and historical issues ... Read More
Freedom and Reality: An Introduction to Advaita Vedanta

Freedom and Reality: An Introduction to Advaita Vedanta

Who am I, really? Why am I here?  Why do we suffer?  Is there any solution to the problem of ... 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
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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
vedanta

The Foundation of Vedānta

Vedānta also known as the Upaniṣad, found at the end of all four Vedas, reveal the goal and purpose of ... Read More
Bhagavad gita

Introduction to Bhagavadgita

The Bhagavad Gita is a moksha-shastra, a sacred text that reveals the vision of the Upanisads. In that vision one ... Read More
Anticolonialism and Postcolonialism

Anticolonialism and Postcolonialism

This course introduces the theories of various anticolonial and postcolonial writers in order to create a framework for a critical ... Read More
Antaranga Yoga

Antaranga Yoga

Antaraṅga yoga course is designed to use the itihasa-purana Mahabharata as a mirror to explore oneself. The Mahabharata, the longest ... Read More
Bhagavad gita

The Vision of the Bhagavad-Gītā

Distilled from the Upaniṣad, the Śrīmad Bhagavad-Gītā is a fundamental text of Hindu Dharma which has given rise to many ... Read More
Antaranga Mandapam

Antaranga Mandapam

How is this Coronavirus pandemic going to end? Will we return to our 'old selves' and our 'familiar normal' after ... Read More
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