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Undergraduate: South Asian Studies

  • Program Overview

    South Asian Studies (SOA)

    The minor in South Asian Studies provides a broad introduction to a major world civilization through a set of coordinated courses in selected areas of South Asian society and culture. Courses are offered in South Asian languages, religions, philosophy, history, politics, culture, literatures, linguistics, and performing arts. Both traditional and contemporary aspects are covered. The minor serves as a foundation for specialization in area studies (South Asia), complements knowledge of other areas in Asian Studies, and offers cross-cultural experience valued in many fields, including international business. With the approval of the director of the minor, the student constructs a coherent and individualized program of study. Students may also earn academic credits through Study Abroad in India opportunities.

    The Center for India Studies (telephone: 631-632-9742), located in E-5350 Melville Library, offers a reference library, lectu­res and performing arts programs, publications, and internship opportunities for students minoring in South Asian Studies. Visit for details.





  • Degrees and Requirements

    Requirements for the Minor in South Asian Studies (SOA)

    At least nine credits toward the minor must be taken in courses numbered 300 or higher. All courses must be completed with a letter grade of C or higher.  

    Completion of the minor requires six courses or 18 credits.

        1. One of the following foundation courses (3 credits):

    • AAS 201 Introduction to the Civilization of the Indian Subcontinent 
    • AAS 338 Contemporary India: History, Politics, and Diplomacy 

        2. Two of the following courses (6 credits):

    • AAS 110 Appreciating Indian Music
    • AAS 209 Indian Classical Dance
    • AAS 222 Indian Cinemas and Cultures
    • AAS/LIN 250 Languages and Cultures of Asian Americans
    • AAS 320 Literature of India
    • AAS 326 Indian Mythology
    • AAS 327 Great Epics of India: Ramayana and Mahabharata
    • AAS 330 Language and Society in South Asia
    • AAS 334 English in Asia
    • HIN 111 Elementary Hindi I
    • HIN 112 Elementary Hindi II
    • HIN 211 Intermediate Hindi I
    • HIN 212 Intermediate Hindi II
    • LIN 431 Analysis of an Uncommonly Taught Language (appropriate topic only)
    • SKT 111 Elementary Sanskrit I
    • SKT 112 Elementary Sanskrit II

        3. One of the following:

    • AAS/RLS 256 Hinduism
    • AAS/RLS 260 Buddhism
    • AAS/RLS 280 Islam

        4. Two of the following:

    • AAS 211 Asian and Asian American Studies Topics in the Social Sciences (appropriate topic only)
    • AAS 212 Asian and Asian American Studies Topics in the Humanities (appropriate topic only)
    • AAS 218 Ancient, Medieval, & Early Modern South Asia
    • AAS 357 India's Foreign Policy
    • AAS/RLS 367 Meditation and Enlightenment
    • AAS 368 Yoga: Theory and Praxis
    • AAS/RLS 380 Islamic Classics
    • AAS 391 Humanities Topics in Asian and Asian American Studies
    • AAS 392 Social Science Topics in Asian and Asian American Studies
    • AAS 401 Senior Seminar in Asian and Asian American Studies
    • AAS 447 Directed Readings
    • AAS/PHI 472 Topics in Asian Philosophy (I)
    • AAS 473 Orientalism
    • AAS 487 Supervised Research
    • ANT 311 Immersion in Another Culture
    • ARH 203 Arts of Asia
    • EGL 373 Literature in English from Non-Western Cultures
    • EGL 374 English Literature in Relation to Other Literatures
    • HIS 227 Islamic Civilization & Muslim Societies
    • HIS 332 Postcolonial South Asia
    • HIS 348 Colonial South Asia
    • THR 313 Asian Theatre and Drama



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    South Asian Studies (SOA)

    Interdisciplinary Minor in South Asian Studies

    Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

    Director of the minor:  Andrew J. Nicholson

    Assistant to the Chair of Asian and Asian American Studies: Corey Fortcher
    Office: 1046 Humanities   

    Phone: (631) 632-4030


    Other minors of particular interest to students minoring in South Asian Studies: Anthropology (ANT), China Studies (CNS), International Studies (INT), Japanese Studies (JNS), Korean Studies (KOR), Religious Studies (RLS)





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