Hindi and Urdu are two Indo-European languages that have a long and complex history. They are considered by many to be one and the same language, as they share a common grammatical base and are mutually comprehensible at the level of colloquial speech. In formal usage, however, the two languages often vary so greatly that they may not be mutually intelligible. The two languages also have different writing systems - Hindi is written in the Devanagari script and Urdu is written in a modified form of the Perso-Arabic script. Hindi and Urdu are spoken in India, Pakistan, and throughout the world in the South Asian diaspora. The minor in Hindi-Urdu Studies at NC State offers students a unique opportunity to learn and study these two languages, while also highlighting the overlapping histories and cultural contexts within which these languages are spoken in South Asia and throughout the world.
Why Study Hindi-Urdu?
Spoken in India, Pakistan, and throughout the world in the South Asian diaspora, Hindi-Urdu is among the top five most widely spoken languages in the world. Proficiency in Hindi-Urdu provides students with access to a vast treasury of South Asian cultural, historical, literary and religious knowledge. It is also the language of one of the world's most popular and prolific film industries. Knowledge of Hindi-Urdu will prepare students for travel and careers overseas, or for work in multi-cultural settings. In addition, the U.S. Government has designated both Hindi and Urdu as "critical languages" for national security and economic competitiveness.
At NC State, the completion of courses in Hindi-Urdu may be used to fulfill the foreign language component of the university’s General Education Program (GEP) requirements. Language and literature courses at the intermediate and advanced levels (FLN 201, FLN 202, FLN 301, FLN 302, FLN 401) as well as South Asian literature and culture courses count towards the Hindi-Urdu minor, and in some cases, towards the GEP Humanities requirements and the GEP Global Knowledge Co-requisite. Consult with your adviser for further details.
Students at NC State have several options when choosing Hindi-Urdu courses.
Dr. Sujata Mody
Assistant Professor and Minor Adviser
Section Coordinator, Hindi-Urdu
Office: Withers 417
Dr. Nilakshi Phukan
Teaching Assistant Professor
Office: Withers 220