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Certificate Program in Sanskrit through the Yoga Shaastram

Program Description:

Hindu University of America’s Certificate Program in Sanskrit through the Yoga Shaastram provides an alternative route to achieving Sanskrit Proficiency. It enables students to learn both the Patanjali Yogasootrams through the Sanskrit Language, and the Sanskrit Language through the Yogashaastram. It is a two-year intensive program of study that prepares beginning students, i.e., with no prior fluency or knowledge of Sanskrit, to achieve proficiency with the Sanskrit language (Samskritam) through the study of the Yogasootrams.  In this program, the Faculty will lead the students verse by verse, in sequence through the Patanjali Yogasootrams, while simultaneously unfolding both the meanings of the verses as well as the nuances of the language. This program aims to enable the students to study the Yogashaastram directly without translation or mediation, and gain proficiency in conversational Sanskrit i.e., the ability to speak fluently and comprehend easily.  At the end of this program, students will be able to access other Shastras in the Sanskrit language with ease on their own.

This program represents a foundation curriculum for students of all ages ranging from High School onwards. It is targeted at beginning students with a passion to learn a new language, as well as those who are keen to engage with the Patanjali Yogasootram, in its original language.  No prior knowledge of Sanskrit is assumed except for familiarity with the Devanagari script. The medium of teaching will be fully in Sanskrit with some assistance in English to bring students up to speed quickly. Students with some familiarity with the Devanagari Script and any one Indian language (Bharatiya Bhasha), will have an easier access to this Program.

It is taught by HUA’s dedicated Faculty, using an easy-to-use Online Platform, featuring a hybrid learning model with both live virtual classrooms as well as pre-recorded video material.

Program Learning Objectives:

The Program is both intensive and challenging, enabling the systematic and balanced study of the Sanskrit language through the Yogasootrams and the Yogashaastram through the Sanskrit language along six dimensions.

In completing this Program, the students will gain proficiency in:

  • Appreciating the Patanjali Yogasootrams, while gaining access to the text’s original intent and message
  • Reading Yogasootram fluently, and pronouncing the syllables correctly – paThanam / uchchAraNam
  • Listening to Sanskrit conversations and comprehending most of the words spoken – shravaNam
  • Speaking grammatically accurate Sanskrit in a way that others can comprehend and respond – sambhAShaNam
  • Understanding the structure, patterns, and technology of the language – vyAkaraNam, and
  • Comprehending the aphorisms of the Patanjali Yogasootram in both spoken and written Sanskrit on their own – avagamanam.
  • Writing comprehensible passages in Sanskrit – lekhanam

Program Structure:

The Program of Study is structured in the form of an 8-Quarter (4 Quarters per year) sequence of 8 courses, 3-Credit hours each. This will add up to 240 hours of instruction and 480 hours of self-study. Students will have the option of taking the “M.A Sanskrit Proficiency Test” at any time after the half-way point, i.e., after the first year of study, and advance to:

  • the Master’s Level Certificate Programs, or
  • the Master’s Degree in Sanskrit, or
  • complete the Yoga Shaastram Proficiency Certificate course in full.

In any case, students will be participating in a “Higher Education” ecosystem that supports and enables advanced learning in Hindu studies as well as Sanskrit literary studies.

Structured innovatively using the base curriculum and textbooks designed by the Samskrit Promotion Foundation (SPF), the Program will be based on the material contained in the 4 part book series “Yogasya BhaaShaa” published by SPF, augmented with supplemental handouts and other texts.

  • Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies
  • Program of Study: Certificate Program
  • Division: Continuing Education Division
  • Number of Credits: 24 Credit Hours
  • Number of Courses: 8 Courses
  • Number of Quarters: 8 Quarters
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