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Minor in South Asian Languages

A minor in South Asian Languages combines language study in Bengali, Hindi, Sanskrit, or Urdu with courses on the literatures and cultures of South Asia. Students benefit from the exceptional depth of coursework taught by leading scholars in these languages, and they expand their studies with curriculum in South Asian studies from across the humanities and social sciences. By pairing the minor with a major in the College of Arts and Sciences or a professional field, students find an advantage after graduation as they enter business and nonprofit work, STEM fields, graduate programs, and more across the globe.

Elementary language courses are available only in the fall quarter. Students should sign up for elementary course as early as possible in order to fulfill the minor’ language requirement. If you have previous experience with Bengali, Hindi, Sanskrit, or Urdu, see the department's information on proficiency exams and placement interviews.

Declaring a Minor in South Asian Languages

Students in good academic standing may declare the minor at any time by meeting with their major adviser. Please see Undergraduate Advising’s Minor page for additional considerations about earning a minor.

Minor Requirements

Students may choose a focus on Bengali, Hindi, Sanskrit, or Urdu.

This is a 30 credit minor.

I. Language

15 credits of a single South Asian language at the second-year level or above:

For Bengali: BENG 201, 202, 203 Intermediate Bengali (5 credits each)
For Hindi: HINDI 201, 202, 203 Intermediate Hindi (5 credits each)
For Sanskrit: SNKRT 201, 202, 203 Intermediate Sanskrit (5 credits each)
For Urdu: URDU 201, 202, 203 Intermediate Urdu (5 credits each)

II. South Asian Humanities and Social Sciences

15 credits total:

A. Literature: 5 credits from either

  • ASIAN 203 Literature and Culture of Ancient and Classical India or:
  • ASIAN 206 Literature and Culture of South Asia from Tradition to Modernity

B. 10 other credits selected from among the following courses:

  • ANTH 339 Social Movements in Contemporary India
  • ANTH 341 Political Violence and the Post-Colonial State in South Asia
  • ANTH 412 South Asian Social Structure
  • ARCH 251 World Architecture Non-Western Cultures
  • ART H 214 Art of India: Mohenjo-Daro to the Mughals
  • ART H 306 Indian Art of South Asia
  • ART H 312 Art and Empire in India, 1750-1900
  • ART H 314 Modern and Contemporary Art in India
  • ART H 414 Topics in South Asian Art
  • ASIAN 494 Ramayana in Comparative Perspective  
  • ASIAN 498 Special Topics (when South Asian is topic; 1-5 credits, max. 15)
  • COMP LIT 315 National Cinemas (when South Asian is topic)
  • GEOG 436 Social and Political Geographies of South Asia
  • GWSS 339 Social Movements in Contemporary India
  • HSTAS 201 Introduction to South Asian History, pre-history to 1500
  • HSTAS 202 Introduction to South Asian History, 1500 - present
  • HSTAS 401 History of Ancient India 
  • HSTAS 402 History of Medieval and Mughal India
  • HSTAS 403 History of Modern India to 1900
  • HSTAS 404 History of Twentieth-Century India
  • HSTAS 408 Fabulous Gurus and Fake Fakirs: Religious Reform in Colonial India
  • JSIS A 202 Introduction to South Asian History, 1500 - present
  • JSIS A 206 Contemporary India and Pakistan
  • JSIS A 339 Social Movements in Contemporary India
  • JSIS A 340 Government and Politics of South Asia
  • JSIS A 341 Political Violence and the Post-Colonial State in South Asia
  • JSIS A 412 South Asian Social Structure
  • JSIS A 417 Political Economy of India
  • JSIS A 438 Social and Political Geographies of South Asia
  • JSIS A 461 Ramayana in Comparative Perspective 
  • POL S 340 Government and Politics of South Asia
  • POL S 417 Political Economy of India

Other courses with South Asia content may be substituted with prior approval.

Updated: Fall 2014

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