• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages
  • Minor code URDU-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate

Urdu is the national language of Pakistan and is also spoken in parts of India. It is mutually intelligible with Hindi though they differ in their writing systems and in their higher level vocabulary. Given the mutual intelligibility the combined number of speakers of Urdu and Hindi is the fourth largest in the world. As well as being the key that unlocks a knowledge of modern Pakistani culture and society to the student, an understanding of Urdu in the Perso-Arabic script allows the student access to the largest collection of work on Islamic literature after that in Arabic.

A student may not take a course if that course is a prerequisite for another course which they have already passed.

Students with prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a placement test.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Urdu language major students should be able to:

  1. express themselves well in a formal, neutral or informal register, appropriate to the situation and to the people to whom one is speaking.
  2. read and understand newspapers and other texts in Urdu
  3. engage with authentic Urdu language media
  4. write in Urdu in the Perso-Arabic script in the appropriate style using the correct grammar and the vocabulary appropriate the genre, contents and audience
  5. Write, perform and record presentations or interviews in Urdu either individually or in cooperative groups, and answer questions based on those performances or interviews


Course Lists

The course lists in the "Requirements" section below is a definitive list and includes all courses that can be counted towards the major, whether or not they are offered in the current year. For a list of courses that will be offered in the current year, please see theSummary of Courses page.


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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

24 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA2083 Readings in South and Southeast Asian Cultures 6
ASIA3108 Advanced Readings in South and Southeast Asian Cultures 6
HIND1200 Hindi 1B 6
HIND2525 Learning Language Locally: India 6-12
  URDU 2300: Urdu 2A
  URDU 2400: Urdu 2B
  URDU 2500: Urdu 2C
  URDU 2600: Urdu 2D
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