South Asian Studies Minor

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, Maldives, and sometimes Afghanistan, Myanmar, and Tibet. The minor consists of a program of study combining language training, off-campus study, required core courses in various disciplines; supporting courses, including a designated capstone course. The purpose of the minor 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 South Asian Studies Minor

A total of 42 credits, with at least 6 credits drawn from each of the three ASST distribution areas (Literary/Artistic Analysis; Humanistic Inquiry; Social Inquiry)

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 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 2017-18)
  • HIST 161 From Mughals to Mahtma Gandhi: A History of Modern India
  • RELG 150 Religions of India (Not offered in 2017-18)
  • RELG 155 Hinduism: An Introduction
  • SOAN 257 Cultures and Politics in India (Not offered in 2017-18)

Supporting Courses: 24 credits from among the following: courses must be from at least two distribution areas.

  • ECON 240 Microeconomics of Development
  • ECON 241 Growth and Development
  • ENGL 245 Bollywood Nation
  • ENGL 251 Contemporary Indian Fiction (Not offered in 2017-18)
  • ENGL 252 Caribbean Fiction (Not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 162 Politics and Public Culture in Modern South Asia (Not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 259 Women in South Asia: Histories, Narratives and Representation
  • MUSC 180 or 280 Raga: Vocal or Instrumental Study of Hindustani Music
  • MUSC 181 or 281 Sitar
  • MUSC 248 Music of India
  • POSC 120 Democracy and Dictatorship
  • POSC 237 Southeast Asian Politics (Not offered in 2017-18)
  • POSC 241 Ethnic Conflict
  • POSC 378 Political Economy and Ecology of Southeast Asia: Social Changes in Southeast Asia (Not offered in 2017-18)
  • POSC 379 Political Econ and Ecology of S.E. Asia: Diversity of Social Ecological Systems in Southeast Asia (Not offered in 2017-18)
  • RELG 122 Introduction to Islam
  • RELG 155 Hinduism: An Introduction
  • RELG 237 Yoga: Religion, History, Practice
  • RELG 238 The Sacred Body
  • RELG 245 Buddha
  • RELG 263 Sufism (Not offered in 2017-18)
  • RELG 265 Religion and Violence: Hindus, Muslims and Jews (Not offered in 2017-18)
  • RELG 267 The Bhagavad Gita (Not offered in 2017-18)
  • RELG 280 The Politics of Sex in Asian Religion (Not offered in 2017-18)
  • RELG 281 Performing Tradition: Art, Religion and Globalization (Not offered in 2017-18)
  • RELG 289 Global Religions in Minnesota (Not offered in 2017-18)
  • RELG 353 Saints, Goddesses and Whores
  • RELG 362 Spirit Possession (Not offered in 2017-18)

Capstone Course: For 2017-18, the designated capstone courses are: ENGL 251, Contemporary Indian Fiction, HIST 259, Women in South Asia: Histories, Narratives and Representation, RELG 237, Yoga: Religion, History, Practice, RELG 353, Saints, Goddesses and Whores 

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