South Asian Studies Major

A minimum of 40 credits of course work on South Asia. Any course that devotes 50% or more of its substance to South Asian countries, peoples, or issues may count toward the major.  Majors are strongly encouraged, but not required, to pursue study of a South Asian classical or modern language through the Five College Mentored Language Program, summer study, or study abroad.  Students may count up to four (4) credits toward the major for studying a South Asian language through the Five College Mentored Language Program.  One (1) course (4 credits) on South Asian diasporas may count toward the major. 

Requirements for the major are:

1.  One (1) course (4 credits) in modern South Asian history (e.g. History 124, “Modern South Asia”) and one (1) course (4 credits) on pre-modern and/or early modern South Asia (c. 3000 BCE to 1700 CE) (e.g. Art History 263 “Arts of India”, Asian Studies 254 “Great Epics of India”, Religion 261 “Introduction to Hinduism”, or Religion 263 “Introduction to Buddhism”). 

2.  Eight (8) elective courses (32 credits), two (2) of which (8 credits) must be from

  • Group One:  Humanities (history, religion, philosophy, literature, language, the arts, and interdisciplinary courses in these areas)
    In order to count toward the major, Studio Art or performance courses must be supplemented with analytical written work

and one (1) (4 credits) must be from

  • Group Two: Social Science (anthropology, economics, geography, international relations, linguistics, politics, sociology, and interdisciplinary courses in these areas).

At least three (3) courses (12 credits) must be 300-level courses. A course that is taught outside of Mount Holyoke must be approved by the chair of the Asian Studies Program to count as a 300-level course. One (1) of the three 300-level courses must be a non- language course.