Urdu Faculty


Urdu Language Program Coordinator

Griff Chaussee
125A New Cabell Hall
(434) 243-2019


Course Descriptions


HIND 1010/1020
Elementary Hindu-Urdu

Introductory training in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Hindi and Urdu.


URDU 2010/2020
Intermediate Urdu

Introduces various types of written and spoken Urdu; vocabulary building, idioms, and problems of syntax; and conversation.
Prerequisite: HIND 1020 or equivalent.


URDU 3010/3020 and 5010/5020
Advanced Urdu

This course is designed to expand and to consolidate the structures the student has learned through URDU 2020 by reading original Urdu texts, ranging from literary prose fiction to news media excerpts to poetry (both classical and modern). We will discuss these texts in Urdu in class, and the students will be responsible for a series of short essays throughout the semester in Urdu pertaining both to the texts and to other topics.
Prerequisite: URDU 2020 or equivalent, or instructor permission.


URDU 3300 and 7300
Readings in Urdu Poetry: An Ongoing Mahfil
This course will introduce advanced Urdu and Hindi students to some of the finest poetry in Urdu. Those who cannot read the Urdu script will have the option of reading the texts in Devanagari (the Hindi script). Some of the poets we will read are Mir, Ghalib, Dagh and Faiz. Course work will include brief analytical papers, as well as in-class presentations.
Prerequisites: URDU 3010 or 3020; or HIND 3010 or 3020; or instructor permission.