South Asian Studies

South Asia Studies is an interdisciplinary effort that focuses on the cultures, politics, history, arts, and current events of South Asia (the nations of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka).  Located in the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, the South Asia Center is a National Resource Center for South Asia, funded by the U. S. Department of Education, in a consortium with Cornell University.

Key Benefits of our program:

  • Provides students with an understanding of the religious, historical, economic, political, and artistic dimensions of South Asia
  • Course offerings are flexible and allow students to tailor courses to their individual needs and goals

Career Paths:

  • Federal government--U.S. Foreign Service, State Department, Department of Defense, etc.
  • International Organizations such as the U.N. or World Bank
  • Non-governmental Organizations, both in the U.S. and South Asia
  • Working in media (photography, photojournalism, news writing, TV Radio, Film)
  • Graduate study in South Asia


The minor requires 18 credits, 12 of which are courses numbered 300 or above. While not required, we urge students to take at least one course, if not more, in Hindi-Urdu.

To view the course catalog for the minor please click here


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South Asian Studies


Carol Babiracki

South Asian Studies
346 Eggers Hall
Phone: 315-443-1716
Fax: 315-443-9085

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Fun Facts (- / +)
Syracuse University has been a leader in South Asian Studies since the 1950s! This has included exchange programs with India, book series, and funding language and area studies courses. 

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