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South Asian Studies Certificate Program

Undergraduates interested in cross-disciplinary study of South Asia (generally defined as the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Tibetan region) may earn a certificate in South Asian studies. The certificate can be a valuable addition to a major in anthropology, archeology, business, communications, economics, education, gender and women's studies, geography, history, international studies, journalism, languages and cultures of Asia, political science, zoology, and other departments. Completion of the certificate provides a concentration in the area through language and/or interdisciplinary training that provides enhanced career opportunities or increased preparation for graduate study.

The certificate in South Asian studies can be partially fulfilled through completion of a study abroad program in India administered by International Academic Programs.

Students interested in declaring the undergraduate certificate should contact the Center for South Asia office (info@southasia.wisc.edu) or the undergraduate advisor, Csanád Siklós, 262-5006; siklos@wisc.edu.

21 credits, Distributed as follows:

Introductory course

One course from:3
History of South Asia to the Present
The Civilizations of India-Modern Period
Introduction to Cultures of Asia
The Civilizations of India-Modern Period
Religion in South Asia
Literatures of Muslim Societies
Modern Indian Literatures in Traslation

Area courses

Nine credits from:9
General Anthropology
Archaeology and the Prehistoric World
Topics in Archaeology
Anthropology of South Asia
History of Islamic Art and Architecture
Topics in Asian Art
Visual Cultures of South Asia
Cities of Asia
Proseminar: Special Topics in Art History
Proseminar in Medieval Art
Mapping, Making, and Representing Colonial Spaces
Introduction to Asian American Studies
Topics in Asian American Studies
A Survey of Asian American Literature
Special Topics
Humanities Topics
Taste
Indian Writers Abroad: Literature, Diaspora and Globalization
Indian Folklore
Feminism, Folklore and Comparative Literature
Gender, Women, and Society in Global Perspective
Special Topics in Gender, Women and the Humanities
International Development and Gender
Economic Geography
An Introduction to World History
Historical Studies
Explorations in Transnational/Comparative History (Humanities)
An Introduction to Central Asia: From the Silk Route to Afghanistan
American Foreign Relations, 1901 to the Present
Making of Modern South Asia
Topics in South Asian History
Advanced Seminar in History
International Business
Contemporary Topics
Global Marketing Strategy
Introduction to International Studies
International Learning Community Seminar
Contemporary Issues in International Studies
Mass Media in Multicultural America
Bascom Course
Topics in Languages and Cultures of Asia
Literatures of Central Asia
In Translation: Modern Indian Theatre
Jainism: Religion of Non-Violence
Literatures of Muslim Societies
Hinduism
Politics of South Asia
Modern Indian Literatures
Islam: Religion and Culture
Urdu Prose Fiction in India and Pakistan
Indian Folklore
Cities of Asia
Thought of Gandhi
A Survey of Tibetan Buddhism
Visual Cultures of South Asia
Making of Modern South Asia
Anthropology of South Asia
Indian Writers Abroad: Literature, Diaspora and Globalization
Gods and Goddesses of South Asia
Proseminar: Studies in Cultures of Asia
Hindu Law
Meditation in Indian Buddhism and Hinduism
Yoga: Methods and Goals
Proseminar: Studies in Religions of Asia
First Semester Asian Language
Second Semester Asian Language
First Semester Pashto
Second Semester Pashto
First Semester Punjabi
Second Semester Punjabi
First Semester Sinhala
Second Semester Sinhala
First Semester Bengali
Second Semester Bengali
First Semester Gujarati
Second Semester Gujarati
First Semester Hindi
Second Semester Hindi
First Semester Marathi
Second Semester Marathi
First Semester Nepali
Second Semester Nepali
First Semester Persian
Second Semester Persian
First Semester Tamil
Second Semester Tamil
First Semester Telugu
Second Semester Telugu
First Semester Modern Tibetan
Second Semester Modern Tibetan
First Semester Urdu
Second Semester Urdu
First Semester Sanskrit
Second Semester Sanskrit
Third Semester Asian Language
Fourth Semester Asian Language
Third Semester Pashto
Fourth Semester Pashto
Third Semester Punjabi
Fourth Semester Punjabi
Third Semester Sinhala
Fourth Semester Sinhala
Third Semester Bengali
Fourth Semester Bengali
Third Semester Gujarati
Fourth Semester Gujarati
Third Semester Hindi
Fourth Semester Hindi
Third Semester Marathi
Third Semester Nepali
Fourth Semester Nepali
Third Semester Persian
Fourth Semester Persian
Third Semester Telugu
Fourth Semester Telugu
Third Semester Modern Tibetan
Fourth Semester Modern Tibetan
Third Semester Urdu
Fourth Semester Urdu
Third Semester Sanskrit
Fourth Semester Sanskrit
Fifth Semester Hindi
Sixth Semester Hindi
Fifth Semester Tibetan
Sixth Semester Tibetan
Fifth Semester Urdu
Sixth Semester Urdu
Seventh Semester Asian Language
Eighth Semester Asian Language
Advanced Readings in Pali Literature
Advanced Readings in Hindi Language
Advanced Readings in Hindi Literature
Advanced Readings in Urdu Language
Advanced Readings in Sanskrit
Advanced Readings in Tibetan
Total Credits9

Disciplinary courses

Six credits from:6
Topics in Archaeology
Topics in Asian Art
Indian Writers Abroad: Literature, Diaspora and Globalization
Indian Folklore
Making of Modern South Asia
International Business
Religion in South Asia
Modern Indian Literatures
Politics of South Asia
Hinduism
Literatures of Muslim Societies
Jainism: Religion of Non-Violence
Islam: Religion and Culture
Urdu Prose Fiction in India and Pakistan
Indian Folklore
Thought of Gandhi
Language and Culture
Anthropology of South Asia
Social Structures of Muslim Societies
Proseminar: Studies in Religions of Asia
Yoga: Methods and Goals
Gods and Goddesses of South Asia
Proseminar: Studies in Cultures of Asia
South Asia and the Global System: Economy, Security & Culture
Thought of Gandhi
A Survey of Tibetan Buddhism
Gods and Goddesses of South Asia
Special Topics in Theatre and Drama
Total Credits6

Capstone

Three credits from:3
Anthropology of South Asia
Problems in Anthropology
Special Topics in Film
Topics in South Asian History
Capstone Seminar in Asian Humanities
Social Structures of Muslim Societies
Proseminar: Studies in Religions of Asia
Proseminar: Studies in Cultures of Asia
Proseminar: Studies in Literatures of Asia
Social Structure of India
South Asia and the Global System: Economy, Security & Culture
Directed Study

Residence & Quality of Work

2.750 GPA on all certificate-approved courses

11 credits in the certificate, in residence

1.  Historical Grounding: understanding the historical, political, and cultural forces and conditions that have given rise to the unity and diversity in the region today.

2.  Multi-disciplinarity: analyzing contemporary political, economic, and cultural realities in the region from at least two disciplinary perspectives, ideally including humanities, social sciences and sometimes natural science approaches.  

3. Depth of knowledge: mastering at the undergraduate generalist level a particular facet of life in the region by taking courses on a particular sub-region or country, or by studying a regional language, or by taking at least two courses on the region in one discipline

Advising for the certificate is administered by the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS). The IRIS assistant director for students and curriculum can assist you in developing your plan of study for the certificate, track progress towards your certificate, explore study abroad and international internship options, and begin the career exploration process. We offer walk-in advising, advising workshops, and scheduled appointments. We strongly encourage students to begin career exploration early on and to make use of the many resources available on campus.

Contact the certificate advisor (Csanád Siklós, 262-5006; siklos@wisc.edu) to create a plan that includes a well-balanced selection of area studies and disciplinary courses and for approval of appropriate introductory and capstone seminar courses. 

Resources:

Center for South Asia Advisory Committee: Christine Garlough, Mark Kenoyer, Sundaram Gunasekaran, Stephen Young, Todd Michelson-Ambelang, Laura Hammond.