BA in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies - Hindi Program By Duke University | Top Universities

BA in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies - Hindi

BA in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies - Hindi

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  • Degree BA
  • Study Level Bachelors
  • Scholarships No
The AMES major requires a minimum of 10 courses, at least 8 of which must be at the 200 level or above. These courses should be distributed as follows: 3-6 language courses. 2 courses must be at the 300 level or above. Courses at the 100 level may not count towards the major. Students whose competence in a language exceeds the most advanced language course offered by the department may substitute these courses with literature/culture courses in their area of concentration. Please contact language coordinators to schedule a placement test. 3-5 literature/culture courses at the 100 level or above in the area of concentration. At least 2 courses must have an AMES number. 1-2 literature/culture courses at the 100 level or above outside the area of concentration. These courses must have an AMES number. Students must receive a C- or above in all courses taken for the major. Hindi is the fourth most widely spoken language in the world, intelligible in North India and Pakistan and in the many South Asian diaspora communities around the world. Although many English-speakers from the West can get by in South Asia without knowledge of Hindi that knowledge provides direct access to the everyday lives of millions of people. For some South Asian people English may be a medium for commerce or bureaucratic function; it is not the language of their feelings. Hindi, on the other hand, is the language the rickshaw-wallah uses on the street, the mother uses for lullabies to her infant, and the Bombay film star uses to banter with her beloved. Hindi expresses eight hundred years of links to nature and culture in South Asia-through the poetry of Kabir, the devotional songs of Sur Das, the activist fiction of Premchand, the spiritual modernity of Nirala. Hindi is the language for those who want to dip their hands in the life which flows through North India. At the same time Hindi is entering a new phase of global significance. Digital media make Indian popular culture available in Africa and the Middle East, in Europe and North America. Multi-national corporations recognize the need for addressing the large South Asian market in its own language. And most importantly, the search for a human future shines the light again on Indian experiments in diversity and non-violence. A direct descendant of Sanskrit through Prakrit and Apabhramsha, Hindi has been influenced and enriched by Dravidian, Turkish, Farsi, Arabic, Portuguese and English. Hindi is a very expressive and emotional language boasting a strong tradition of poetry, short stories, philosophical treatises, critical essays, novels and songs. It also ranks as one of the easiest and most logical languages to read, write, and pronounce.

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