2022-2023 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
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2022-2023 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

South Asian Studies Minor

South Asian Studies

346 Eggers Hall


Mona Bhan, Shobha K. Bhatia, Tej K. Bhatia, Himika Bhattacharya, Richard L. Breyer, Tom Brutsaert, Lawrence Chua, Rashmi Gangamma, Dimitar Gueorguiev, Tula Goenka, Ann G. Gold (Emerita), Roger Hallas, Timur Hammond, Margaret (Peg) Hermann, Jeanette Jouili, Tazim R. Kassam, Radha Kumar, Prema Kurien, Devashish Mitra, Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Shannon Novak, Sudha Raj, Kamala Ramadoss, Romita Ray, Lars Rodseth, Jaipaul L. Roopnarine, Yüksel Sezgin, Farhana Sultana, Susan Thomas, Susan S. Wadley (Emerita), Joanne P. Waghorn.

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Recognize key aspects of the history and geography of South Asia

2. Contrast and critique various social, economic, and political dimensions of South Asia including but not limited to: gender, caste, class, education, law, health, ethnicity, national identity, and religion

3. Interpret the diverse functions and cultural meanings of expressive culture in South Asia

4. Analyze key processes of modernity and globalization within and among South Asian nations

5. Develop ideas and arguments about South Asia in writing


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.

Additional Information

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.