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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

Requirements

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
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
Religion

Rashmi Gangamma, Ph.D.

Rashmi Gangamma, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor

Tula Goenka

Tula Goenka 
Professor, Television, Radio & Film

Ann Grodzins Gold

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

Dimitar Gueorguiev

Dimitar Gueorguiev 
Assistant Professor, Political Science

Lakhan Gusain

Lakhan Gusain 
Lecturer, Hindi

Roger Hallas

Roger Hallas 
Associate Professor
English

Tazim R. Kassam

Tazim R. Kassam 
Associate Professor
Religion

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 
Distinguished Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies & 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

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

Susan Snow Wadley

Susan Snow Wadley 
Professor, Anthropology

Joanne Punzo Waghorne

Joanne Punzo Waghorne 
Professor
Religion

Corri Zoli

Corri Zoli 
INSCT Director of Research/Research Assistant Professor