Academic Programs

B.A. Asia Studies – (SA) Major & Minor

South Asia includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Afghanistan and Tibet. Students are expected to gain proficiency in a South Asian language (Hindi, Urdu, Bengali and Sanskrit are offered regularly at all levels) and to pursue a course of study that includes both disciplinary concentration and interdisciplinary breadth. Students have opportunities to pursue language study in India through the program’s membership in the American Institute of Indian Studies. Other organizations provide similar opportunities for study in many of the other countries of the region.

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Major in South Asia Studies


Course # Title Credits Quarter
JSIS 203 or
JSIS A 207
Rise of Asia or
Asian Traditions
5 Autumn
JSIS 201 The Making of the Twenty-first Century 5 Winter or Spring
South Asia
History Course
JSIS A 206 Contemporary India & Pakistan  or JSIS A/HSTAS 202 South Asian History 1500-present,
or HSTAS 201 South Asian History pre-history to 1500
5 Varies
South Asia Core Min. 10 credits from the following: 10
JSIS A 485    Special Topics on South Asia
JSIS A/HSTAS 303 Divided Lands/Divided Lives: An Environmental History of South Asia
JSIS A/ANTH  316  Modern South Asia
JSIS A/ANTH  339  Social Movements in Contemporary India
JSIS A/ANTH  341  Political Violence and the Post-Colonial State in South Asia
JSIS A/POL S  340  Politics of India, Pakistan, and South Asia
JSIS A/POL S  417  Political Economy of India
JSIS A/ GEOG 438  Social and Political Geographies of South Asia
JSIS A 461  Ramayana in Comparative Perspective
RELIG 352  Hinduism
RELIG 354  Buddhism
RELIG 356  Buddhism & Society: The Theravada Buddhist Tradition in South & SE Asia
RELIG 456  Perceptions of the Feminine Divine in Hinduism
HSTAS 401 History of Ancient India
HSTAS 402 History of Medieval and Mughal India
HSTAS 403 History of Modern India
HSTAS 404 History of Twentieth-Century India
South Asia electives Additional  South Asia electives from approved list below. 25 Varies
Max. lower division credit No more than 5 of the 35 credits for the South Asia concentration core and electives may be at the 200-level.
Research Paper Asian Research Paper written with South Asia Program Professor in one of the upper-division courses min. 15 pgs.
Minimum Grade Minimum grade 2.0 in all courses applied to major.
Resident credit 30 credits must be taken in residence through UW (not including 1st or 2nd year language).
South Asian Language South Asian Language proficiency through 2nd year college level or 3rd quarter of 2nd year college level. Bengali, Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu, Nepali, Tibetan. (For first- and second-year language courses, grades must average 2.00)
 Total Credits (not including language)  50

Minor in South Asia Studies

30 credits, to include the following:

  1. JSIS A 206 or JSIS A/HSTAS 202 (5 credits)
  2. One additional introductory Asian civilization course from those listed above (5 credits)
  3. 15 credits of electives taken at the UW, chosen from the approved list*
  4. 5 additional credits in South Asian language beyond second-year level, or in upper-division transfer courses on South Asia, or in additional electives chosen from the approved list*
  5. Minimum grade of 2.0 required in each course applied toward the minor.

South Asia Studies Minor Electives

JSIS & Affiliate South Asia Studies Faculty

South Asia Studies Courses

Quarterly Course Lists