South Asian Studies


Students study South Asia in an approach attentive to global formations. They are introduced to the study of South Asia—Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka—through a wide angle view of Asian modernities, political economies, and cultures, all the while delving into specialist close-ups of South Asia. With open access to comparative courses in the Contemporary Asian Studies program, students can learn from specialists in South, East, and Southeast Asia.

With a curriculum motivated by the moving present—the changing face of South Asia today—the South Asian Studies minor offers rigorous training in major debates and questions in the rich field of South Asian Studies, and provides a basic foundation for many directions of future study. From historical contexts of ethnic conflict, to postcolonial readings of ancient traditions, to the politics of religious and ethnic identities, to the workings of vast-scale democracy and capitalism, to the worlds of cinema and public culture, students are exposed to the dynamic landscapes—political, material, and mythic—that constitute South Asia today.

Students may also be interested in the closely connected Contemporary Asian Studies program.

Katherine MacIvor, Program Advisor
Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
1 Devonshire Place, room 228N