South Asian Studies Concentration

Coordinator: Professor Roger Jackson

South Asia, which contains nearly a quarter of the world's people, refers to the countries comprising the South Asian subcontinent: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and sometimes Afghanistan, Myanmar, and Tibet. The concentration consists of a program of study combining language training, off-campus study, required core courses in various disciplines, and supporting courses, including a designated capstone course. The purpose of the concentration is to provide cross-cultural interdisciplinary understanding of a complex civilization that is both ancient and modern, and of great significance in the contemporary world.

Requirements for the Concentration:

A total of 42 credits, with at least 6 credits drawn from each of the three ASST distribution areas (Artistic/Lterary analysis, Humanistic inquiry and Social inquiry)

18 credits in core courses, drawn from at least two of the three ASST distribution areas

24 credits from supporting courses, drawn from at least two of the three ASST distribution areas, and including a designated South Asia-related capstone courses

Courses taken on off-campus programs in South Asia may be applied to the concentration

Normally, at least one term of off-campus study in South Asia

Usually, the closest equivalent to one year of study of a South Asian language, obtained through one or more of the following: off-campus study; summer programs at colleges, universities, or institutes; independent study at Carleton: native language proficiency.

Core courses

18 credits from among the following; courses must be from at least two distribution areas:

ENGL 250 Modern Indian Fiction

ENGL 251 Contemporary Indian Fiction (not offered in 2014-2015)

HIST 161 History of Modern India (not offered in 2014-2015)

HIST 167 History of Modern South Asia 1947 Onwards (not offered in 2014-2015)

HIST 266 History of Islam in India (not offered in 2012-2013)

RELG 150 Religions of South Asia 

SOAN 157 Cultures and Politics in India (not offered in 2014-2015)

SOAN 257 Culture and Politics in India (not offered in 2014-2015)

Supporting courses

ECON 240 Microeconomics of Development

ECON 241 Growth and Development (not offered in 2014-2015)

ENGL 245 Bollywood Nation

ENGL 251 Contemporary Indian Fiction (not offered in 2014-2015)

ENGL 252 Caribbean Fiction  (not offered in 2014-2015)

ENGL 335 England in India/India in England (not offered in 2014-2015)

ENGL 395 Rushdie

HIST 259 Women in South Asia: Histories, Narratives and Representation (not offered in 2014-2015)

HIST 263 Disease, Medicine and Empire (not offered in 2014-2015)

MUSC 180 Raga: Vocal or Instrumental Study of Hindustani Music

MUSC 181 Sitar

MUSC 248 Music of India (not offered in 2014-2015)

MUSC 280 Raga: Vocal or Instrumental Study of Hindustani Music

MUSC 281 Sitar

POSC 237 Southeast Asian Politics (not offered in 2014-2015)

POSC 241 Ethnic Conflict

POSC 283 Separatist Movements

POSC 378 Social Changes in Southeast Asia

POSC 379 Field Research Experiences and Methods

POSC 392 Diversity in Social Ecological Systems in Southeast Asia

RELG 100 Imagining Home: Religions in Diaspora (not offered in 2014-2015)

RELG 122  Introduction to Islam

RELG 123 The Qur'an (not offered in 2014-2015)

RELG 153 Introduction to Buddhism (not offered in 2014-2015)

RELG 155 Religions of Southeast Asia (not offered in 2014-2015)

RELG 233 Saints, Goddesses and Whores: Sex, Gender and Religion in Christianity & Hinduism

RELG 245 Buddha

RELG 250 Buddhism and Ecology  (not offered in 2014-2015)

RELG 251 Theravada Buddhism (not offered in 2014-2015)

RELG 252 Mahabharata: The Hindu Book of Peace and War (not offered in 2014-2015)

RELG 253 Tibetan Buddhism (not offered in 2014-2015)

RELG 255 Social Engagement in Asian Religions (not offered in 2014-2015)

RELG 256 Modern Hinduism: Encounters with the West (not offered in 2014-2015)

RELG 257 Shari'a (not offered in 2014-2015)

RELG 258 Women and Buddhism (not offered in 2012-2013)

RELG 259 Gandhi  (not offered in 2014-2015)

RELG 260 Tantra: Secrecy, Sex and the Sublime

RELG 261 Hearing Islam (not offered in 2014-2015)

RELG 263 Islamic Mysticism (not offered in 2014-2015)

RELG 265 Religion and Violence: Hindus, Muslims, Jews (not offered in 2014-2015)

RELG 266 Religion and the Senses (not offered in 2014-2015)

RELG 268 Encountering Islam (not offered in 2014-2015)

RELG 280 The Politics of Sex in Asian Religions 

RELG 281 Performing Tradition 

RELG 289 Global Religions in Minnesota (not offered in 2014-2015)

RELG 350 Emptiness (not offered in 2014-2015)

RELG 362 Spirit Possession  

 

Capstone Course: For 2012-2013, the designated capstone course is ENGL 250 Modern Indian Fiction (W15)