The graduate program in Hinduism offers students an opportunity to study the Hindu traditions of pre-modern South Asia, with a special emphasis on the late Vedic to classical periods (ca. 600 BCE - 1000 CE). Students with an interest in the Sanskrit traditions of law (dharmaśāstra) and statecraft (arthaśāstra) are particularly encouraged to apply. The program requires at least two years of Sanskrit language study prior to enrollment.
Our emphasis is on text-historical study using the tools of philology, but students will also develop the capacity to draw upon and address themselves to other disciplines within different theoretical and comparative contexts.