Department of Hindi
Course Descriptions

Readings from Indian Studies (1), (2)
Students majoring in Hindi read and discuss books about India’s history, culture, philosophy, religions, legends, literature, politics and economy to gain an overall understanding of the country.

Elementary Multimedia Hindi (1), (2)
Multimedia materials are used to complete this elementary course of Hindi. Students become proficient in reading and writing of Hindi and engage in Hindi conversation with the professor.

Readings in Elementary Hindi (1), (2)
Builds a foundation for learning Hindi literature. Consists of developing basic sentence patterns, accurate Hindi reading comprehension, practice exercises, and supplementary readings. Promotes self-guided learning.

Elementary Hindi Grammar (1), (2)
Focuses on understanding basic Hindi grammar, including its vocabulary, sentence form and sentence structure.

Elementary Hindi Conversation & Composition (1), (2)
Focuses on enhancing sentence-level reading comprehension and writing skills mostly through Hindi conversation. Practices sentence writing fundamental to conversation.

Introductory Course of Sanskrit (1), (2)
Sanskrit, the matrix of the Aryans and Indians, has evolved for thousands of years as the medium of Hindu cultural formation and development. Although Sanskrit, from which Hindi sprang, is no more than a poetic language in today's society, it will serve as a guide to understanding classical Indian literature, philosophy, and ideology. The course is aimed at building up basic knowledge of Sanskrit.

Intermediate Multimedia Hindi (1), (2)
A continuation of the elementary course completed over the freshman year, this course increases the reading and comprehension skills of advanced and more diverse sentences by using multimedia practice materials.

Readings in Intermediate Hindi (1), (2)
Building on the Readings in Elementary Hindi, the course expands reading comprehension skills through a broad range of reading materials such as leading children’s tales, poetry, short stories, plays, and biographies.

Intermediate Hindi Grammar (1), (2)
Based on elementary-level grammar acquired in the freshman year, the course compares Hindi’s complex sentence structures and diverse epressions/phraseologies with those of Korean.

Intermediate Hindi Conversation & Composition (1), (2)
As an extension of the Elementary Hindi conversation class completed in the freshman year, the course aims for enhanced Hindi conversation and composition skills at an intermediate level and for development of competence in conversing with a native speaker of Hindi.

Advanced Hindi Composition (1), (2)
Designed to help students recognize the properties of Hindi sentence structure and practice writing grammatically and contextually correct texts. Also teaches thematic writing techniques.

Advanced Hindi Conversation (1), (2)
Students acquire higher-level expressions to be able to converse on specialized subjects.

Introductory Course of Urdu
This course teaches the letters and basic grammar of Urdu, Pakistan’s language, to offer students an opportunity to learn more about India's languages.

History of Indian Literature
Provides an overview of Indian literary trends from the time of Iranian migration to India down through to pre-11th century AD when Hindi literature began. The course takes a comprehensive look at Sanskrit literature within a historical context, including the developmental process of Sanskrit, Tamayana and Mahabitat, the two major epic poems in Veda literature, narrative literature, drama, Kalidas literature, Buddhist and Jaina literature, and rhetoric.

Studies of Indian Culture (1), (2)
The long history of India from the ancient civilization along the Indus to modern times is reviewed with focus on historic events and the Indian responses to them.

Indian Regional Studies (1), (2)
A comprehensive survey of political, economic, social, cultural, geographical, and historical characteristics and issues of India, the most important nonaligned country in the Third World.

Indian Philosophy
India, referred to as Religious Heaven, is a country of mixed religions where diverse autogenous religious traditions have been handed down from ancient times. Since philosophy is closely linked with religion, the course surveys religious philosophies of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Includes an in-depth study and presentation of Veda, Upanisad, YogaSankhya, Nyaya, Valsesika Mimammsa, and Vedanta, the six schools of philosophy.

Studies of Hindi Poetry
Studies the major modern and contemporary poetic thoughts through the works of leading Hindi poets.

Introduction to Hindi Linguistics
Introduces the basic linguistic concepts and theories applied to Hindi.

Hindi Drama
Studies Hindi Drama, a genre constituting the bulk of Hindi literature, through major writers and their works. Helps students acquire conversational expressions. The course complements the Advanced Hindi Conversation course by enabling students to learn Hindi at an advanced level.

Readings & Comprehension in Sanskrit
Based on a basic knowledge of Sanskrit, the students read excerpts from the major works of leading writers.

Scripts of Indian Languages
Students learn the various letters of India's many languages to understand its cultural diversity and pursue comparative studies of languages, literature and cultures.

Criticism on Hindi Literature
Equips students with the ability to analyze and criticize a literary work, through application of literary philosophies of leading critics to major Hindi literature.

History of Hindi Literature
Examines the various historical backgrounds, literary thoughts, major writers and their works to understand the thousand year of Hindi literary trends.

Studies of Hindi Novels
Post-19th century Hindi Novels are classified into the Pre-Premchand, Premchand (1880~1932), and post- Premchand periods. The novels of the pre-Premchand period employed artistic and fantastic themes and were written mostly for entertainment. The Premchand period gave rise to Hindi realism reflecting the realities of Indian society. This course studies selected novels that well reflect the various times and social conditions of the Premchand era down through to the present and examines their themes and trends for a better understanding of the Indian society.

Seminar on Hindi Linguistics
Enhances understanding of Hindi syntax and semantics through discussions and Q & A on Hindi linguistics related treatises.

Studies of Sanskrit Literature
Students read and study a variety of works written in Sanskrit since the Vedas, the world’s oldest texts, to understand the origin of Indian culture.

Current Hindi
Studies vocabulary used in current affairs newspapers and magazines for acquisition of current linguistic modes and application.

Economics of India (1), (2)
This course deals with the status of religions in Indian society; creation and transition of the caste system; Hindu marriage system and status of women in the family; effects of Islam on Hindu culture; and modern Western impacts on Hindu culture; political and language issues, etc.

Seminar on Indology (1), (2)
Focuses on a systematic understanding of India through the study of various methodologies, topical research and discussions required for Indology.

Studies of Hindi Classical Literature
Closely examines the works of leading classical poets.

Hindi Writers
Studies the works of major Hindi writers from the post-Premchand period down to the present, with an emphasis on the artistic trend or themes of the works. The works are classified into various categories based on their content: social issues, psychological description or analysis, historical novels, and folk novels set in a rural setting.

FLEX Hindi (1), (2)
This course prepares students for the FLEX (Foreign Language Examination), which has been developed by HUFS to evaluate in a fair and balanced way overall foreign language skills. Students enhance their reading, listening, writing and speaking skills according to FLEX rules.

Indian Modern Thought
Modern Indian thought shaped by contact with western civilization plays a crucial role in understanding the religion, culture, literature, art, politics, and society of modern India with its system of thought that integrates both the traditional Indian psyche and creative spirit. The course surveys the thoughts of Swami Ramakrishna, Viverkanada, R. Taghore, Auro Bindo, and Mahatma Gandhi.

Practice in Hindi-Korean Translation
Studies the basic sentence patterns for Hindi-Korean translation and practices sentence conversion. Students form an understanding of Indian ways of thinking and acquire substantial vocabulary through translation exercises of texts from diverse fields including politics, economics, society, and culture.

Studies of Contemporary Hindi Literature
Deals with writers and their work after the New Poem, New Short Story Movement who spoke out against out-dated and corrupt morality of the establishment after Indian independence, advocating ‘artistic expression of new humanism.’ Promotes understanding of today's India through the study of these free-spirited, independent, and modern young writers.