Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

1-2 semesters
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Learn how Jainism has influenced non-violent movements in civil rights movements throughout the world and explore South Asian culture with this program.
A certificate in Jainism and India Studies will provide specialized knowledge of the Jain religious tradition in the context of the history and culture in which it developed.

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Why Earn a Jain and India Studies Certificate?

This certificate will provide specialized knowledge of the Jain religious tradition in the context of the history and culture in which it developed.

Jain and India Studies Certificate Highlights

There are four active student organizations.
The area has an established professorship in Jain Studies.
Host of the annual Jainism Conference.
There is an active Faculty Group.

Jain and India Studies Certificate Courses You Could Take

Hinduism I: From the Vedas to the Gita (3 hrs)
An examination of South Asian philosophical and religious thought from earliest period in Indian history of the Indus Valley civilization to the religion of the Vedas, through the Upanishads, and classical period in Indian thought including the development of Buddhism and Jainism.
Hinduism II: From the Gita to Gandhi (3 hrs)
An examination of Medieval to Contemporary South Asian philosophy and religion from Puranic Hinduism, the influence of Islam upon Indian thought, the development of medieval devotional Hinduism, and the origin of the Sikh religion. Explores contemporary Indian philosophy as expressed in the thought of such figures as S. Radhakrishnan, Sri Aurobindo, Tagore, and most particularly Gandhi.
Jainism (3 hrs)
An examination of one of the world's oldest religious and philosophical traditions from the 6th century BCE to its influence on contemporary figures, including Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama. Topics include pacifism and non-violence, self-control, non-materialism, compassion, meditation, and the relationship of the self to divine consciousness.
Eastern Religions and the Environment (3 hrs)
An examination of non-Western religious traditions for an environmental philosophy geared toward assessing global environmental issues with a focus on South Asian and East Asian philosophical and religious traditions.
The British Raj (3 hrs)
Examines the expansion and growth of the English East India Company, the transition to British Crown rule after the rebellion of 1857, and anti-colonial movements leading up to the partition of India in 1947.
Contemporary South Asia (3 hrs)
Examines the contemporary histories of South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and the Maldives Islands) from 1947 onward, including the 1947 partition of India, India-Pakistan relations since 1947, the role of Afghanistan in South Asia, and themes such as religion, caste, gender, minorities, cinema, popular culture, and sport.

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