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Hinduism is an ancient religion that blends tradition, philosophy, and beliefs. It is regarded as a way of life for more than one billion people. Explore the scriptures, rituals, and practices of the Hindus with courses delivered through edX.
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What is Hinduism?

Hinduism is a belief system that originated in India as early as the third century BCE. Rather than adhering to a singular creed or dogma, Hinduism embraces multiple perspectives and promotes tolerance.

Hindu rituals and ceremonies are central to the religion, as are Hindus’ belief in Brahman, an infinite principle that represents spiritual existence. Other aspects of life, such as karma and dharma, are tied to larger beliefs including samsara, or reincarnation, and moksha, the ultimate liberation from samsara.

Thanks to its rich history and flexibility, studying Hinduism can lead to insights and appreciation for a diverse culture. Learn about powerful deities, deep-rooted rituals, and Hindu scriptures with online courses on edX.

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Hinduism course curriculum

If you want to learn about the history, role, and impact of Hinduism on society and culture, you can take a deep dive into its scriptures and traditions with online courses on edX. Course curricula might explore philosophical insights and their interpretations, in addition to concepts such as:

  • Scriptures: Ancient texts like the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, and Puranas.

  • Rituals: Regular activities like meditation, silent prayers, yoga, and performing charitable work.

  • Samsara: Involves belief in reincarnation, whose ultimate goal or end is moksha.

  • Brahman: Members of the priesthood, the highest caste in the Hindu belief system.

  • Pluralism: Believes that there are multiple paths to enlightenment. 

Are you ready to start learning? Explore the range of educational opportunities offered through edX. ‌Sign up for an accelerated boot camp or enroll in a full degree program and start working toward a bachelor's degree or (for more advanced learners) a master’s degree in a relevant subject. You can also explore executive education programs specifically designed for busy professionals.

Explore jobs related to Hinduism

While a background in Hinduism on its own may not be enough to qualify for a career, when paired with complementary skills and knowledge, you can open doors to a wide range of professional opportunities.

There are many industries and roles that can benefit from an education in Hinduism, including:

  • Cultural anthropologist: Studies the development of human cultures and societies. Learning about Hinduism can expand their research opportunities within Hindu communities.Footnote 1

  • Journalist: Writes informative news stories that are relevant to their publication’s audience. Hinduism knowledge can provide additional context when covering Hindu events.Footnote 2

  • Tour guide: Shows people or groups around notable locations within an area. Tour guides in Hindu communities can create informative and enriching experiences for visitors.Footnote 3

  • Social worker: Provides support and resources to individuals, families, and groups. Learning about Hinduism can enhance their sensitivity and guide their treatment when working with Hindu people.Footnote 4

  • Author: Writes content for a variety of media to be published. Knowledge of Hindu practices, customs, and beliefs can add depth to their stories involving Hindu people or characters.Footnote 5

  • Diplomat: Represents the interests of their home country or nation. Becoming versed in Hinduism can aid in their communication and diplomatic relations abilities.Footnote 6

Each of these roles will have different education and skills requirements. Some employers may seek candidates with more advanced credentials,depending on the role. Before deciding on a specific learning path, research the positions you hope to pursue and align your coursework with your career goals.