South Asian Studies Interdisciplinary Minor

for the Interdisciplinary Minor in South Asian Studies

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The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies offers an Interdisciplinary Minor in South Asian Studies. The minor is especially suited for students interested in a program of studies with focus on South Asia, as a complement to their disciplinary study. The structure of the minor provides students a great amount of flexibility; possible areas of emphasis include language and literature, as well as history and social sciences.A minimum grade-point average of 2.75 in South Asian Studies courses is required for completion of the minor. The 18-20 hours of courses selected by students for the South Asian Studies Minor should form a coherent program of study and must meet the approval of an advisor in the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. The program must include at least 6 hours of 300- or 400-level courses. A student's plan of courses for the minor must be approved by the program.

Fourth-semester course work in an area-relevant language. A course that meets this requirement and is currently offered on a regular basis is HNDI 404 (5 hours). The requirement may also be met by comparable courses in these and other South Asian and South Asia-related languages, taught at UIUC or at other universities, through online courses (where available), and through a proficiency examination.3-5
HIST/ANTH 130History of South Asia3
Courses on South Asian history, language, literature, culture, and society from the following list: 112
Topics in Anthropology (appropriate sections)
Colloquium in Asian Studies (appropriate sections)
Literatures of the Islamic World (appropriate sections)
Lit of Asia & Africa II
Development Economics (appropriate sections)
Advanced Hindi I
and Advanced Hindi II
Intro to South Asian Lit
India from Colony to Nation
S Asian Cultural Landscapes
Gov & Pol of South Asia
Asian Mythology
REL 213
Mystics and Saints in Islam
Introduction to Hinduism
Topics in Religious Thought
Women in Muslim Societies
Islam & Politics in Mid. East
Total Hours18-20

For a list of approved courses, visit CSAMES Course Archive.