Requirements for the Minor

  • SAS 100A
  • Four additional courses from the approved South Asian Studies curriculum, taken from at least two different departments

A minimum of three of the five courses required for the minor must be taken from Brandeis faculty. Courses taken at other institutions for credit must be approved by the student’s advisor and the SAS program chair.

No course with a final grade below C- can count toward the SAS minor. No more than two courses taken for the SAS minor can double-count toward any other single major or minor.

See the University Bulletin for a complete list of SAS courses.


Fall 2018 Courses

IGS/SAS 160A:The Rise of India [nw ss] 

Taught by Professor Avinash Singh

Examines how India rose to become a world power. With one-seventh of the world's population and a booming economy, India now shapes all global debates on trade, counter-terrorism and the environment. How will it use its new influence? Usually offered every second year. 

SAS 100A: India and Pakistan: Understanding South Asia [nw ss]

Taught by Professor Ulka Anjaria

An exploration of the history, societies, cultures, religions, and literature of South Asia--India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Uses perspectives from history, anthropology, literature, and film to examine past and contemporary life in South Asia. Usually offered every year.

SAS 140A: We Who Are at Home Everywhere: Narratives from the South Asian Diaspora [hum]

Taught by Professor Harleen Singh

Looks at narratives from various locations of the South Asian Diaspora, while paying close attention to the emergence of an immigrant South Asian public culture. Examines novels, poetry, short stories, film, and music in order to further an understanding of South Asian immigrant culture. Usually offered every third year.

ENG 20A: Bollywood: Popular Film, Genre, and Society  hum nw ]

Taught by Professor Ulka Anjaria

An introduction to popular Hindi cinema through a survey of the most important Bollywood films from the 1950s until today. Topics include melodrama, song and dance, love and sex, stardom, nationalism, religion, diasporic migration, and globalization.

HIST 66A: History of South Asia (2500 BCE - 1971) nw ss ]

Taught by Professor Govind Sreenivasan

Introduces South Asian history from the earliest civilizations to the independence of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Surveys the formation of religious traditions, the establishment of kingdoms and empires, colonialism and its consequences, and post-independence political and economic development. 

HIST 178B: Britain and India: Connected Histories ss wi ]

Taught by Professor Hannah Weiss Muller

Surveys the history of Britain and India from the rise of the East India Company to the present. Explores cultural and economic exchanges; shifts in power and phases of imperial rule; resistance and collaboration; nationalism; decolonization and partition; and postcolonial legacies. 

AAPI 140B: Introduction to Asian American Studies ss ]

Taught by Dr. Leanne Day

Explores the Asian American experience and its broader connections to class, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. The course will examine topics of imperialism, labor migration, racial and communal formations, identity, culture, and politics of Asian America. 

ENG 72A: The Caribbean's Asias hum nw ]

Taught by Professor Faith Lois Smith

Studies fiction and theory by and about Caribbean people of South Asian origin, and Caribbean people of Chinese origin from the late nineteenth century to the present. Examines how they have been implicated in discussions of nationalism, hybridity, diaspora, and neoliberalism.

HIST 180A: The Global Opium Trade: 1755-Present nw ss ]

Taught by Dr. Heyward Parker James 

Investigates the history of the opium trade from early times to present. Coverage will include the Anglo-Indian opium trade, the Opium Wars; the political economy of the legal trade; and the complex ramifications of its prohibition.

HSSP 102A: Introduction to Global Health ss ]

Taught by Dr. Alice A Noble

*This class is closed to first-year students. See Course Catalog for detailed description. Contact HSSP Administrator ( for a consent code if seats become available. Will not participate in March registration.

A primer on major issues in health care in developing nations. Topics include the natural history of disease and levels of prevention; epidemiological transitions; health disparities; and determinants of health including culture, social context, and behavior. Also covers: infectious and chronic disease incidence and prevalence; the role of nutrition, education, reproductive trends, and poverty; demographic transition including aging and urbanization; the structure and financing of health systems; and the globalization of health. 


The South Asian Studies Program offers courses in a range of disciplines. See the FALL 2018 Schedule of Classes for additional details and the University Bulletin for a complete list of SAS courses.