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South Asian Studies

General Information

South Asia Studies is an interdisciplinary effort that focuses on the cultures, politics, history, arts, and current events of South Asia (the nations of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka).  Located in the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, the South Asia Center is a National Resource Center for South Asia, funded by the U. S. Department of Education, in a consortium with Cornell University.

Key Benefits of our program:

  • Provides students with an understanding of the religious, historical, economic, political, and artistic dimensions of South Asia
  • Course offerings are flexible and allow students to tailor courses to their individual needs and goals

Career Paths:

  • Federal government--U.S. Foreign Service, State Department, Department of Defense, etc.
  • International Organizations such as the U.N. or World Bank
  • Non-governmental Organizations, both in the U.S. and South Asia
  • Working in media (photography, photojournalism, news writing, TV Radio, Film)
  • Graduate study in South Asia


The minor requires 18 credits, 12 of which are courses numbered 300 or above. While not required, we urge students to take at least one course, if not more, in Hindi-Urdu.

View the course catalog for the minor.

Program Director

Carol Babiracki

Carol Babiracki 
Associate Professor, Music History & Cultures

Program Faculty

Shobha Bhatia

Shobha  Bhatia 
Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence

Tej Bhatia

Tej Bhatia 
Professor, Linguistics and Hindi (South Asian Languages); Linguistics Undergraduate Advisor

Himika Bhattacharya

Himika Bhattacharya 
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Women's and Gender Studies

Mehrzad Boroujerdi

Mehrzad  Boroujerdi 
Professor, Political Science

Richard Breyer

Richard  Breyer 
Professor, Television, Radio & Film

Tom Brutsaert

Tom  Brutsaert 
Char of Exercise Science; Professor

Gareth Fisher

Gareth Fisher 
Associate Professor

Rashmi Gangamma, Ph.D.

Rashmi  Gangamma, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor

Tula Goenka

Tula  Goenka 
Professor, Television, Radio & Film

Guy Golan

Guy  Golan 
Associate Professor, Public Relations

Ann Grodzins Gold

Ann Grodzins Gold 
Thomas J. Watson Professor, Religion and Professor, Anthropology

Roger Hallas

Roger Hallas 
Associate Professor

Tazim R. Kassam

Tazim R. Kassam 
Associate Professor

Radha Kumar

Radha  Kumar 
Assistant Professor, History

Prema Kurien

Prema  Kurien 
Professor and Chair, Sociology

Mitra Devashish

Mitra  Devashish 
Professor, Economics

Chandra Talpade Mohanty

Chandra Talpade Mohanty 
Professor, Sociology and the Cultural Foundations of Education & Dean's Professor of the Humanities

Sudha Raj, Ph.D., RDN, FAND

Sudha  Raj, Ph.D., RDN, FAND 
Teaching Professor

S.P. Raj, Ph.D.

S.P.  Raj, Ph.D. 
Chair, Department of Marketing

Kamala Ramadoss, Ph.D.

Kamala  Ramadoss, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor

Romita Ray  (Kapoor)

Romita Ray (Kapoor) 
Associate Professor, Art History and Department Chair

Lars Rodseth, Ph.D.

Lars  Rodseth, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor, Anthropology

Jaipaul Roopnarine

Jaipaul  Roopnarine 
Pearl S. Falk Endowed Professor

Anoop Sadanandan, Ph.D.

Anoop  Sadanandan, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor, Political Science

Yüksel  Sezgin

Yüksel   Sezgin 
Associate Professor, Political Science

Larry Schroeder

Larry  Schroeder 
Professor Emeritus, Public Administration and International Affairs

Farhana Sultana

Farhana  Sultana 
Associate Professor, Geography

Cecilia Van Hollen

Cecilia  Van Hollen 
Associate Professor, Anthropology

Susan Snow Wadley

Susan Snow  Wadley 
Professor, Anthropology

Joanne Punzo Waghorne

Joanne Punzo Waghorne 

Corri Zoli

Corri  Zoli 
INSCT Director of Research/Research Assistant Professor