Degree Programs

 


 

 

At IHU, you will  receive the attention required to be known, the chance to be a leader, and the opportunity to explore your passions. You will  also be immersed in rigorous academics from valued professors who truly care about you and your future. Classes taught from a Hindu perspective will set you up with tools for lifelong learning, community-focused decision making, and a strong sense of calling and vocation. The world needs you. Let’s get you ready.

 

 

 

 

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Divine Dancing

This is a special program for those who have trained in traditional Indian dancing for many years under the tutelage of a guru or at a dancing school. The program provides an opportunity to obtain credits for this training after evaluation of previous training. Those who already have done Arangetram would be required to take only three additional courses at IHU in order to be eligible for a diploma from IHU. The three core courses are designed to provide practical experience in either a temple or university setting. The students will teach in the chosen setting and also learn to choreograph dances suitable to their students’ cultural background. Bharatanatyam, the classical dance of Tamil Nadu in South India is one of the most ancient and highly developed forms of stylized dance. Surviving over a period of about two thousand years, the original style underwent numerous changes and acquired a variety of connotations: aesthetic, religious, occult with differences in emphasis upon one or the other during different periods of its long history. Today this dance style is no longer confined to the region of its origin but is practiced and performed by dancers of most other parts of the country. However, the essentially regional flavor is still retained in its association with the distinctive music, language, poetry and local cultural overtones of South India.The learning path of the student is designed to include several elements that go into the making of a professional classical dancer. These are: body conditioning exercises, physical technique of dance steps and movements, narrative technique of mime to tell a story, interpret poetry, portray dramatic roles and characters through the language of dance; teaching of dance repertoire—traditional and contemporary; music of dance including singing, complex rhythms and oral recitation of drum mnemonics.

 


Requirements for Master’s Degree (Advanced Diploma) in Divine Dancing (Total 30 credits):

 

University Core Courses (9 credits)
HUC 5001: Dance traditions of India 3 credits
HUC 5002: Dance choreography 3 credits
HUC 5003: Teaching Practicum 3 credits

 


Following credits can be transferred after evaluation of Documents from traditional Bharatanatyam training:

HDB 5001 The Basics Of Bharatanatyam (3 credits): History of Bharatanatyam, Nritta, Nritya and Natya, Adavus in Bharatanatyam; initial steps and other types, hand gestures, and Ardhamandala.

HDB 5002 Introduction to Nrityakala (3 credits): Basics of movements, rhythm, body coordination, singing and storytelling.

HDB 5003 Natyarambham (3 credits): Basic steps – Tatta, Natta, Visharu, TattiMetti, and Teermanam.

HDB 5004 Nritta (3 credits): A pure dance or sequences of dance that are non-interpretive in nature. This means that these steps, movements, or gestures are not meant to convey any message or thought. They are primarily meant to add beauty to the dance form.

HDB 5005 Nrittya (3 credits): An interpretative dance that involves a lot of sentiments, emotions, and description. The gestures in this stream convey messages like depicting a king, indicating that it is morning time, etc. This consists of leg, hand, neck, head, and eye movements to convey the message.

HDB 5006 Natya (3 credits): A dance drama with its main technique, Abhinaya. It involves acting out a story for the audience using expressions. The actors may dress like the character. Natya is usually performed with a mythological theme, like in the stories of Ramayana, Krishnaleela, etc. This would involve enacting parts of Ramayana or Mahabharata.

HDB 5004 Arangetram (3 credits): a solo debut performance in a public theatre setting, which signifies the successful completion of training as a professional performer.

 


Admission requirements: A Bachelor’s degree. For those without the Bachelor’s degree, an Advanced Diploma will be awarded and the Master’s degree will be awarded upon completion of the Bachelor’s degree.

 


Fees: $350 for credit transfer evaluation, $2,700 for the three IHU core courses.

Scholarships are available for qualified students


 

Divine Music

This is a special program for those who have trained in traditional Indian music for many years under the tutelage of a guru or at a music school. The program provides an opportunity to obtain credits for this training after evaluation of previous training. Those who already have done Sangeet Visharad would be required to take only three additional courses at IHU in order to be eligible for a diploma from IHU. The three core courses are designed to provide practical experience in either a temple or university setting. The students will teach in the chosen setting and also learn to choreograph dances suitable to their students’ cultural background.

Degree Level

Certificate

IHU Diploma

Adv. Diploma

Masters

Credit Requirement

9

18

30

30

University Core Courses (9 credits)

HUC 5001: Principles of Hinduism 3 credits

HUC 5002: Practices of Hinduism 3 credits

HUC 5003: Basic Sanskrit 3 credits

 


Following credits can be transferred after evaluation of Documents from traditional Sangeet Visharad training (21 credits)

 

HDM 5502 Praveshika (2 credits): Pre-matric. Knowledge of Shuddha Swaras, Vadi, Samvadi, Audav-Shadav and one Chhota Khayal

 

HDM 5502 Praveshika (3 credits): Knowledge of Shudha and Vikrit Swaras, Alankar, NadSaptak, Mela, Raga, Jati, Alap, Tan and Pakar. Matric Music Knowledge of Alankars, of more than four swaras including Vikrit Swara.

Additional Ragas: Alhaiya Bilawal, Kedar, Bihag, Bhairav, Malkauns, Bageshri, Khamaj Tala: Ektal Vilambit, Chautal, Dhamar, Rupak, Dugun of all Tals. Knowledge of systems of Hindustani and Carnatic music; specialities of Nad, Varna, Swaralipi of Vishnu Digambar and Bhatkhandepaddhati.

Definitions: Khayal, Dhrupad, Dhamar, Tappa, Thumri, Bhajan, Ghazal, Shruti, Janak and Janya Raga, GrahAnsha, Nyas, Meend, Kana Swara, Poorvang, Uttarang, Sankeerna Ragas, Gat, Tora, Sparsh, Krintan, Mizrab.

 

HDM 5503 Madhyama I (3 credits): Tuning of Tanpura, Division of 22 Shrutis in seven swaras. Madhya Laya Khayals with improvisations in Jaunpuri, Malkauns, Hamir, Patdeep, Tilang, Deshkar, and Kalingda, Vilambit and Drut Khayals with improvisations in Bhupali, Yaman (Kalyan) Bageshri and Bihag. Tala: Jhumra, Sul, Tilwada, and Deepchandi; detailed knowledge of Laya; practical knowledge of Meend, Sut, Ghasit, Murki. Tanas: Saral, Kut, Mishra, Sapat, Zamzama, Gamak, Uthav, Chalan, Nad and Shruti; writing Dugun and Chaugun of Dhrupad and Dhamar; detailed knowledge of Swaralipi of Vishnu Digambar and Bhatkhandepaddhati.

 

HDM 5504 Madhyama II (6 credits): Madhyam LayaKhayals with improvisations in Chhayanat, Kamod, Gaud Sarang, Jaijaoiwanti, Pooriyadhanashree, Shankara; Vilambit and Drut Khayals with improvisations in Alhaiya Bilawal, Bhairav, Bhimpalasi, Brindavani Sarang and Kedar, appropriate knowledge of Dhvani, Kampan, Andolan; comparison between Hindustani and Karnatak systems of music; Guna and Dosha in a musician. Definition of Alpatva, Bahutva, Avirbhav, Tirobhav, Prabandh, Chaturang and Trivat; Anulom Vilom, Veend, Zamzama, Chikari, Jhala, Dillibaaj, Poorabbaaj, and knowledge of Vyankatamakhis 80 melakartas.

 

HDM 5505 VisharadI (6 credits): Madhya Laya Khayals with improvisations. Vilambit and Drut Khayals with improvisations in ragas Todi, Shudhasarang, Multani, Yaman, Bihag, Puriya Dhanashri, Rageshri, Jog, Shankara knowledge of singing from written Swaralipi; knowledge of Ada Chautal, Adha, Punjabi Dhumali, Chacher and Sul. Dhrupad-Dhamar in Dugun, Tigun, Chaugun and Chhagun. Chhagun and Athgun Tana with Jod, Alap Jhala, MaseetkhaniknowGat. Styles of Alap; detailed description of varieties of Tanas; Vidari, Ragalakashan, Jati Gayan, Vinyas, Apanyas, Gayaki, Nayaki, Ladant. Writing in Swaralipi (notation); Classification of Ragas; Biographies of ancient musicians.


Fees: $350 for credit transfer evaluation, $2,700 for the three IHU core courses.

Scholarships are available for qualified students.


Hindu Priesthood

There is a great need for priests from all Eastern Spiritual Traditions in the west. Hindu temples and societies also need such services for their members. To this end, International Hindu University, serving the Hindu community at large, has developed a certification course in Hindu Priesthood. This certification requires 4 courses which can be completed in 24 months. The credits earned (12 credits) can be transferred to Masters’ program which requires 30 credits. All the courses in this certification are taught online using our Litmos Course Management System which provides a full virtual class experience. All courses are practical and require class participation and online submission of video assignments. Tradition specific training will be provided under the guidance of qualified instructors in traditional systems. The specific requirements of the training would be decided by the instructors depending upon the student’s abilities.

 


HRP 5101: Saṃskāras (3 credits): The Participant will provide detailed written description of the religious duties relating to each of the 16 Samskaras (out of 40 total Samskaras) according to the traditions of the respective sampradayas.

 

HRP 5102: Festivals and Pūjās (3 credits): The Participant will identify the major Hindu Festivals and provide detailed written descriptions about their observances according to the traditions of the respective sampradayas.

 

HRP 5103: Rituals  (3 credits): The Participant will be able to identify the rituals and provide detailed information about their performance according to the traditions of the respective sampradayas (their own and that of the devotees engaging their services).

 

HRP 5104: Capstone Field Practice (3 credits): Through field observation and practice in a local Hindu temple of the participant’s choice and under the supervision of their Priest/Officiant the Paurohit candidate will learn the skills necessary for public performance in an established temple environment during attended services.

 

HNP 6201: Introduction to Hindu Chaplaincy (3 credits): The Hindu Chaplain will be involved in a variety of religious, spiritual, educational, administrative and social activities within and outside the institution. This course covers the basics of Hindu chaplaincy.

 

HNP 6202: Pastoral and Spiritual Counseling Basics (3 credits): Pastoral care is the art of ministry as it relates to the psychological and theological needs of persons and faith communities. In this course, we will consider specific interventions for predictable human needs. In addition to basic pastoral care and brief counseling for individuals, couples, families and communities, this course will consider the ethical context of pastoral care from a Hindu perspective.

 

HUC 5001: Principles of Hinduism (3 credits): Categorization of basic Hindu scriptures by timeline, gradation of primary and secondary authority, languages, authorship, highlighted tradition of philosophy, yoga, tantra and lifestyle. Structure and material presentation in different basic scriptures diversity in the Veda, Upaniṣhads, sūtras, Gītā, epics, Smṛiti’s and Śhāstras.

 

HUC 5002: Practices of Hinduism (3 credits): Inquiry into central principles and practices of Hinduism that exercise global influence and appeal particularly in areas of metaphysics the nature of the physical world, worldly life, the nature of the individual soul, and ultimate reality, the four fold values of life viz. Dharma, Artha, Kāma, Mokṣha.

 

HUC 5003: Basic Sanskrit   3 credits

Elective     :  3 credits

 


 

Hindu Spiritual Counseling

There is a great need for Chaplains from all Eastern Spiritual Traditions in the West. Hindu temples and societies also need such services for their members. To this end, International Hindu University has developed a Master’s degree in Hindu Spiritual Care. This Chaplaincy Masters’ program requires 30 credits including Clinical Pastoral Experience.

 


  

Degree Level Certificate IHU Diploma Adv. Diploma Masters
Credit Requirement  9 18 30 30

Hindu Tradition: Total   Credits – 12

These courses are designed to provide a background of Hindu traditions needed to present Hindu values and concepts to the general public, to chaplaincy situations, and to other faith leaders. Each course is 3 credits.

 

HUC 5001 Principles of Hinduism

 

HNP 6204 Introduction to Hindu Chaplaincy 

 

AYU 5001 Introduction to Ayurveda 

 

Pastoral and Spiritual Care Basics 

 

Clinical Pastoral Education (12 credits): Listening, Communication, Analysis and Counseling for Suffering, Grief, Despair, Depression, Fear, Death Issues from a Hindu perspective. Clinical Pastoral Education is interfaith professional education in the field of pastoral care. It is intended for theological students and ministers of all faiths who want to learn pastoral care skills and work within a pluralistic and clinical setting. CPE offers a rich environment for learning pastoral care skills while understanding end-of-life care issues and the overall duties of a chaplain. Students are required to earn a minimum of 400 hours of training (a minimum of 100 educational hours and 300 clinical hours) and comply with ACPE Standards.

 

Interfaith Studies and Specialty Trainings (3 credits): In today’s society there are often instances when religions and spiritual groups need to come together to focus on universal problems or to celebrate universal activities. Chaplains need to have the background and skills to conduct such events. Each course is 3 credits. Choose any one:

  1. HNP 6210 Major World Religions (beliefs, attitudes towards various spiritual issues)
  2. HNP 6900 Independent Study: Conducting interfaith programs, services, ceremonies, interfacing with other religions, cultures in preparing programs focused on world peace and harmony.
  3. HNP 6210 Interfaith Connections

 

Students must take one class of additional area of Hindu Service (3 credits)

HNP 6211 Hindu Ceremonies: At times a chaplain may be asked to perform a baby blessing, end of life ceremony, explain basic Hindu worship of Puja, explain various festivals and Hindu holy days, or learn about eastern astrology principles. Choose any one:

  1. Puja and Rituals, Festivals
  2. Samskaras
  3. Jyotish practices
  4. HNP 6900 Independent Study

Yoga Education

Master’s in Yoga Education

 


                This is a Special Program in collaboration with Yoga Institutes providing Level 1 (RYT 200) and level 2 (RYT 300) certifications according to Yoga Alliance Standards. This program is academically comparable to Hindu University Master’s degree/Advanced Diploma in Yoga Education. Participants who have already met the prerequisite of a Bachelor’s degree receive a Master’s degree from IHU. Those who do not have a Bachelor’s degree receive an Advanced Diploma.


Requirements for Master’s Degree (Advanced Diploma) in Yoga Education:


 

University Core Courses (9 credits)

HUC 5001: Principles of Hinduism

AYS 5001: Introduction to Ayurveda

HUC 5003: Basic Sanskrit

 

Yoga certification courses (21 credits)

 

Techniques, Training and Practice (9 credits):

Topics in this category could include, but would not be limited to: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation, and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours must be a mix between: 1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques, and 2) guided practice of the techniques themselves. Both areas must receive substantial emphasis.

 

Teaching Methodology (3 credits):

Topics in this category could include, but may not be limited to: Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries. How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting. Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting. Teaching styles: qualities of a teacher, the student learning process, and business aspects of teaching yoga (including marketing and legal). The Teaching Methodology category covers a broad overview and analysis of teaching methods, rather than how to practice or teach specific techniques.

 

Anatomy and Physiology (3 credits):

Topics in this category could include, but would not be limited to: human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and may also include energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of anatomy and physiology along with its application to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).

 

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers (3 credits):

Topics in this category could include, but would not be limited to: The study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts (such as the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, or Bhagavad Gita), yoga lifestyle, such as the precept of non-violence (ahimsa) and the concepts of dharma and karma; ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher – student relationships and community; and understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others through yoga (seva)

 

Practicum (3 credits):

Topics in this category include: practice teaching as the lead instructor (does not include assisting, observing or giving feedback), receiving and giving feedback, observing others teaching, assisting students while someone else is teaching.


Ayurveda Education

Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine that is indigenous to and widely practiced in India. In Sanskrit, Ayu means “life or daily living” and Veda is “knowing or knowledge”. Ayurveda has been practiced for more than 5000 years and takes into consideration the inherent relationship between individual and cosmic spirit, individual and cosmic consciousness, energy and matter. Through this degree program, students will learn what a person’s inherent nature is (prakriti), how it can become imbalanced (vikruti), the bodily humours involved (doshas), tissues (dhatus), wastes (malas), how toxicity builds up through undigested food (ama), and how to clinically assess, evaluate, and diagnose as per Ayurveda. Students will become familiarized with authors in the field as well as ancient vedic texts that Ayurveda is mentioned under, and related fields of science such as yoga and marma.