ls-southasian-cert

Students interested in declaring the undergraduate certificate should contact the Center for South Asia office or the undergraduate advisor.

Students declared in the Asian Languages and Cultures: South Asian Studies BA/BS/MAJ are not eligible to declare the South Asian Studies certificate.

Requirements for the Certificate

Complete 21 credits, distributed as follows:

Introductory course

One course from:3-4
Gateway to Asia: Special Topics
Contemporary Indian Society
Religion in South Asia
History of South Asia to the Present
LITTRANS 211

Area courses

9 credits from:9
Archaeology and the Prehistoric World
History of Islamic Art and Architecture
Cities of Asia
Visual Cultures of India
Mapping, Making, and Representing Colonial Spaces
First Semester Hindi
Second Semester Hindi
First Semester Modern Tibetan
Second Semester Modern Tibetan
First Semester Persian
Second Semester Persian
First Semester Urdu
Second Semester Urdu
First Semester Sanskrit
Second Semester Sanskrit
Third Semester Hindi
Fourth Semester Hindi
Third Semester Modern Tibetan
Fourth Semester Modern Tibetan
Third Semester Persian
Fourth Semester Persian
Third Semester Urdu
Fourth Semester Urdu
Third Semester Sanskrit
Fourth Semester Sanskrit
First Semester South Asian Language
Second Semester South Asian Language
Fifth Semester Hindi
Sixth Semester Hindi
Fifth Semester Tibetan
Sixth Semester Tibetan
Fifth Semester Urdu
Sixth Semester Urdu
Third Semester South Asian Language
Fourth Semester South Asian Language
Fifth Semester South Asian Language
Sixth Semester South Asian Language
Advanced Readings in Hindi Language
Advanced Readings in Sanskrit
Advanced Readings in Tibetan
Topics in Asian Studies
A Survey of Tibetan Buddhism
Modern Indian Literatures
Islam: Religion and Culture
Cities of Asia
Visual Cultures of India
The History of Yoga
Topics in South Asian History
Indian Writers Abroad: Literature, Diaspora and Globalization
Proseminar: Studies in Religions of Asia
Proseminar: Studies in Cultures of Asia
Introduction to Asian American Studies
A Survey of Asian American Literature
Indian Writers Abroad: Literature, Diaspora and Globalization
Gender, Women, and Society in Global Perspective
International Development and Gender
Economic Geography
An Introduction to World History
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
International Business
Contemporary Topics
Global Marketing Strategy
Contemporary Issues in International Studies
LEGAL ST 502
Legal Pluralism
World Hunger and Malnutrition
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health and Disease
Introduction to Sufism (Islamic Mysticism)
Meditation in Indian Buddhism and Hinduism
Religion in Critical Perspective
Postcolonial Theatre: Drama, Theory and Performance in the Global South
Total Credits9

Disciplinary courses

6 credits from:6
The Origins of Civilization
Language and Culture
Topics in Asian Art
Health and Healing in South Asia
Asia Enchanted: Ghosts, Gods, and Monsters
Asian Religions in Global Perspective
Tibetan Cultures and Traditions
Religion in South Asia
Hinduism
A Survey of Tibetan Buddhism
Introduction to Buddhism
Modern Indian Literatures
Islam: Religion and Culture
The History of Yoga
Buddhist Thought
Meditation in Indian Buddhism and Hinduism
Internationalizing Educational Knowledge
Indian Writers Abroad: Literature, Diaspora and Globalization
World Regions in Global Context
Making of Modern South Asia
International Business
Special Topics in German and World Literature/s
Indian Politics in Comparative Perspective
A Survey of Tibetan Buddhism

Capstone

3 credits from:3
Problems in Anthropology
Indian Traditions in the Modern Age
Capstone Seminar in Asian Humanities
Proseminar: Studies in Religions of Asia
Mapping, Making, and Representing Colonial Spaces
Proseminar: Studies in Cultures of Asia
Proseminar in Buddhist Thought
Sociology of International Development, Environment, and Sustainability
Topics in South Asian History
International Health and Global Society
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health and Disease

Residence & Quality of Work

  • Minimum 2.750 GPA on all certificate courses.
  • At least 11 certificate credits must be completed in residence.

Certificate COMPLETION REQUIREMENT

This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.

  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.

L&S career resources

SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science helps students leverage the academic skills learned in their major, certificates, and liberal arts degree; explore and try out different career paths; participate in internships; prepare for the job search and/or graduate school applications; and network with professionals in the field (alumni and employers). In short, SuccessWorks helps students in the College of Letters & Science discover themselves, find opportunities, and develop the skills they need for success after graduation.

SuccessWorks can also assist students in career advising, résumé and cover letter writing, networking opportunities, and interview skills, as well as course offerings for undergraduates to begin their career exploration early in their undergraduate career. 

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Center for South Asia Advisory Committee: Anthony Cerulli (director), Sarah Beckham, Sumudu Atapattu, Sundaram Gunasekaran, Stephen Young, Todd Michelson-Ambelang, Laura Hammond

As a regional center within the Institute for Regional and International Studies, we support and enhance international and global awareness in our student communities and inspire informed thinking about the complexities of our world. We encourage our students to connect to international networks and our regional communities through our program’s lecture series, film screenings, and varied outreach events and activities. We encourage our students to study abroad, do international internships, learn foreign languages, and expect them to gain an interdisciplinary grounding in global and regional affairs. We provide resources and expertise on our world area to students, and prospective students, and more broadly to K–12 teachers and students, postsecondary educators and graduate students, businesses, the media, the military, the community at large, and anyone else who is interested.

Information about resources and scholarships through the Center for South Asia is available from our website. Please contact the Center for more information about the South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI), the South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) and the Annual Conference on South Asia. We also strongly encourage our students to explore funding options available through the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) Awards Office.