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South Asian Studies

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South Asian Studies
Cecilia Van Hollen
331 Eggers Hall

Faculty Carol Babiracki, Subho Basu, Shobha K. Bhatia, Tej K. Bhatia, Himika Bhattacharya, Douglas Biklen, Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Richard L. Breyer, Michael P. Carey, Manan Desai, Rashmi Gangamma, Tula Goenka, Ann Grodzins Gold, Tazim R. Kassam, Prema Kurien, Devashish Mitra, Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Iswari P. Pandey, Sudha Raj, Romita Ray, Lars Rodseth, Jaipaul L. Roopnarine, Anoop Sadanandan, Larry Schroeder, Farhana Sultana, Cecilia Van Hollen, Susan S. Wadley, Joanne P. Waghorne

The minor in South Asian Studies provides an understanding of the religious, historical, economic, political and artistic dimensions of the nations of South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. In consultation with the advisor, students plan the minor according to their individual interests.


The minor requires 18 credits, 12 of which are in courses numbered 300 or above. While not required we urge students to take at least one, if not more, courses in Hindi-Urdu.

Students are required to take one of these two courses:

  • HST/SAS 329 Making of Modern India
  • ANT/SAS/WGS 324 Modern South Asian Cultures.

In addition, at least three more courses are to be selected from the following list:

  • ANT/IRP/SAS 426     Cultures and Politics of Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • ANT/SAS/WGS 324    Modern South Asian Cultures
  • HOM 384/SAS 385 Music and Dance of India
  • HIN/SAS 101 Hindi/Urdu I
  • HIN/SAS 102 Hindi/Urdu II
  • HIN/SAS 201 Hindi/Urdu III
  • HIN/SAS 202 Hindi/Urdu IV
  • HIN/SAS 620 Advanced Hindi
  • HST/SAS 328 Ancient and Medieval India
  • HST/SAS 329  Making of Modern India
  • PSC/SAS 389  Politics of India
  • REL/SAS 165 Discovering Islam
  • REL/SAS 185 Hinduism
  • REL/SAS 186 Buddhism
  • REL/SAS 283 India's Religious Worlds
  • REL/SAS/WGS 384 Goddesses, Women, and Power in Hinduism

Students may choose one course from the following list:

  • GEO 367 Gender in a Globalizing World
  • HOM 383 Worlds of Dance
  • HOM 385 World Music Cultures
  • HOM/WGS 494 Music and Gender
  • LIN 471 Dimensions of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism
  • LIN 481 Global Communication through World Englishes
  • HST 375 British Empire
  • REL/SAS 123 Religious Auto/Biography
  • REL 324 Religions and Storytelling
  • REL/SAS 367 The Quest for Beauty and the Sacred in Islam
  • REL 395 Religions and the Natural Environment
  • REL/SAS 465 Beyond the Veil: Gender Politics in Islam
  • REL 487 Global Hinduism
  • SOC/SAS 301 Contemporary Asian Americans  

In addition, students may petition to fulfill their requirements using selected topics courses dealing with South Asia or courses taken on study abroad programs in South Asia, as well as the Muslim Cultures Program in London.