Minor in South Asian Studies
College of Liberal & Creative Arts
Dean: Dr. Andrew Harris
Minor in South Asian Studies
Fine Arts Building, Room 366
Phone: (415) 338-6511
Co-Coordinator: Santhi Kavuri-Bauer, School of Art
Science Building, Room 222
Phone: (415) 338-7541
Co-Coordinator: Christopher Chekuri, Department of History
South Asia refers to Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. These countries are members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). The Minor in South Asian Studies is multidisciplinary and designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the culture, history, economics, and politics of South Asia and its diaspora. The region of South Asia is a crucial area of study given its linguistic, ethnic, and religious diversity (its traditions draw from Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, Christianity, and others), its experience of British colonial rule and independence, its recent economic expansion and technological influence globally, and the widespread migration of South Asians over the last century. The study of South Asia thus offers students opportunities to explore pressing questions concerning colonialism and nationalism, political conflict and government, economic liberalization, cultural diversity and its expression in literature, art, and popular culture, and globalization.
The South Asian Studies minor is useful for students planning careers in education, social service, law, politics, government, business, media, and art, both nationally and internationally. It also prepares students for graduate study in a number of academic fields.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the diversity and complexity of South Asian culture, politics, history, immigration, and other social formations.
- Articulate and critically evaluate main discourses and debates in the scholarship of South Asian studies through research and response papers, exams, and class presentations.
- Apply theory and methodology from a range of academic disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences to communicate the causes of South Asian historical and current debates.
South Asian Studies Minor
The minor consists of 18 units; three courses are taken from the core curriculum, which give students a basic framework for South Asian studies. These courses fully concentrate on South Asia and/or the diaspora and provide students with a broad introduction to the history, culture, and politics of South Asia (one course each needs to be taken from the clusters of “Culture of South Asia,” “History and Politics of South Asia,” and “South Asian Diaspora”).
The remaining units can be taken from the core curriculum or from a long list of electives. Elective courses provide the opportunity for more in-depth or topical and comparative study as well as the study of South Asia in relation to other regions of the world.
The minor is designed to give flexibility to students who can select from courses across disciplines, including Art History, Asian American Studies, Economics, English, Ethnic Studies, History, Holistic Health, Humanities, International Business, International Relations, Philosophy, Political Science, and Women and Gender Studies.
South Asian Studies Minor – 17-19 units
All coursework used to satisfy the requirements of the minor must be completed with a GPA of 2.0 or better.
Core (9-10 units)
Select one course from each of the three core areas (9-10 units). The core consists of three core areas identified as Culture of South Asia, History and Politics of South Asia, and South Asian Diaspora.
Core Area 1: Culture of South Asia (3 units)
|HUM 535||Classical South Asian Cultural Forms||3|
|HUM 536||Modern South Asian Cultural Forms||3|
Core Area 2: History and Politics of South Asia (3-4 units)
|HIST 370/CLAS 582/HUM 582||Tales from Ancient India: Hinduism and Buddhism||3|
|HIST 371||Islam In South Asia: From 1000 A.D. to the Present||3|
|HIST 372||India and the British Empire||3|
|HIST 373||India Since Gandhi||3|
|I R 326||South and Southeast Asia Foreign Relations||4|
|PLSI/I R 412||South Asian Politics||4|
Core Area 3: South Asian Diaspora (3 units)
|AA S 540||South Asians in the United States||3|
|RRS 657/AA S 541||South Asian Diaspora||3|
Electives (8-9 units)
Select electives from core courses not used to satisfy core requirements or from:
|AA S 210||History of Asians in the United States||3|
|or AA S 510||Asian Americans in California|
|ARTH/HUM 205||Asian Art History||3|
|ARTH 417||The Art and Architecture of Islam||3|
|ARTH 421||Special Topics in Art History||3|
|HIST 374/HUM 586||Bollywood and Beyond: Indian History Through Film||3|
|HIST 382||History of Iran and Afghanistan 1500 - Present||3|
|HUM 366||India's Gandhi||3|
|PHIL 509||The Buddhist Tradition||3|
|PLSI/I R 416||Ethnicity and Nationalism||4|