The major in South Asia Studies is designed to acquaint students with the many facets of South Asian civilizations through an interdisciplinary study of the languages, literatures, histories, religions, arts, social and political institutions, and cultural patterns of South Asia, the region defined as including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the South Asian Diaspora.
Students are expected to concentrate in one area of South Asia Studies, defined either in relation to a discipline: such as history, religion: or in relation to a theme: such as international development, cultural expression, gender, ethnicity and identity. The major requires four courses in the area of concentration above the 100-level, including at least one of the required 300-level units. Advanced study of Hindi/Urdu (or of another Indian language) may be substituted for the Hindi/Urdu requirement and may be pursued as either a 250 course, or an approved course at another institution. Majors devise their own programs in consultation with an advisor from the affiliated faculty and with the approval of the program director.
For students entering in Fall 2010, the major in South Asia Studies requires 9 units, including 2 units of elementary Hindi/Urdu (or demonstration of its equivalent), one course in the humanities from among: SAS 210, SAS 211/REL 281, SAS 251/REL 251, and ENG 277 and one course in the social sciences from among: HIST 272, HIST 276, POL2 211, POL3 223 or SOC 233, and at least 2 additional South Asia related units above the 100-level, and 2 South Asia related units at the 300-level. For students entering prior to Fall 2009, the major requires 9 units, including SAS 210 (or its equivalent) and at least 4 additional South Asia related units above the 100-level and 2 South Asia related units at the 300-level.
A minor in South Asia Studies consists of five units, of which at least one should be at the 300-level (excluding 350). A program for the minor must include one course in the Humanities from among SAS 210, SAS 211/REL 281, SAS 251/REL 251, and ENG 277 and one course in the social sciences from among: HIST 272, HIST 276, POL2 221, POL3 223 or SOC 233; only one course at the 100 level can be counted towards the minor. Elementary Hindi/Urdu does not count toward the minor.
The only route to honors in the major is writing a thesis and passing an oral examination. To be admitted to the thesis program, a student must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 in all work in the major field above the 100-level; the department may petition on a student's behalf if her GPA in the major is between 3.0 and 3.5.