The South Asia Concentration focuses on the interdisciplinary study of South Asia and its diaspora. It brings together the perspectives of various disciplines, from art history to philosophy, economics to religion, to create a sustained curricular focus on South Asian life and culture.
The geographical region of South Asia comprises India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, and reaches out to Afghanistan, Burma and Tibet. It is home to the world’s highest mountains and to enormous ecological diversity, with glaciers, rainforests, deserts and valleys. It is also home to more than one-fifth of the world's population, and hundreds if not thousands of languages — India alone has some 500 languages and 2,000 dialects. South Asia is also the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, and more than one-third of the world’s Muslim population resides there. It has rich traditions of art, music and dance, and is renowned for its fiction and film. It is a major contributor to global culture; it is an economic and intellectual powerhouse; and it occupies an important position for understanding colonialism, postcolonialism and current geopolitics. The study of South Asia will thrill you, challenge you and expand your mind.