South Asian Studies minor

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Study South Asia through an approach attentive to global formations. Gain an introduction to the study of the region—Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka—through a wide angle view of Asian modernities, political economies, and cultures, complemented by specialist close-ups of the region. With open access to comparative courses in the Contemporary Asian Studies program, you can learn from specialists of South, East, and Southeast Asia.

Through 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 field, 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, you'll be introduced to the dynamic landscapes—political, material, and mythic—that constitute South Asia today.

Meet your professors

Francis Cody

Francis Cody, Director, Centre for South Asian Studies

  • CAS201H1: Global Asian Studies: Insights and Concepts
Bharat Punjabi

Bharat Punjabi, Lecturer, Asian Institute

  • SAS318H1: Colonialism and Tradition
  • CAS370H1: Asian Cities
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Labiba Naeem, Instructor, Asian Institute

  • SAS114H1F: Introduction to South Asian Studies
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Program Advisor & Communications Officer, Asian Institute