South Asian Studies Major

South Asian Studies is a program that focuses on the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of one or more of the peoples of South Asia, defined as including Afghanistan, India, the Maldives, Myanmar (Burma), Pakistan, and Sri Lanka and related borderlands and island groups; and including the study of migration patterns and overseas diasporas.

South Asian Studies major and degree programs likely have required and elective courses that may vary considerably among institutions.  Generally, there will be emphasis on culture, with many courses in sociology, anthropology, religious studies, and the arts. 

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Search for colleges that offer a degree in South Asian Studies (use the College Search feature and enter " South Asian Studies " in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.

What can you do with a major/degree in South Asian Studies?

A degree in this field offers students the opportunity to launch careers in sectors ranging from diplomacy, defense, economics, world cultures, human rights, global politics, world health, or international business.

Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in South Asian Studies:

Professional associations are groups of specialists dedicated to topics in particular fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.

Publications/Magazines in South Asian Studies: