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.


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

Spring 2018 Courses

Core Electives

ANTH 146A — Gender and the City
nw ss ]
Professor Shilpa Phadke
T,F 12:30 PM–1:50 PM 
Examines the ways in which cities reflect gender relations and in turn how gender relations impact the very fabric and politics of cities. The course will reflect on questions of gendered embodiment, belonging, identity, femininity, masculinity, sexuality, respectability, risk, surveillance, and resistance as it navigates the everyday worlds of cities. Special one-time offering, spring 2018.

WMGS 161B — Transnational Feminisms: Perspectives from South Asia and Beyond
nw ss ]
Professor Shilpa Phadke
T,F 11:00 AM–12:20 PM
Examines contemporary debates around sexuality, nationalism, racism, casteism, morality, and intersectionality, exploring what it means to collaborate across borders as feminists and why global sisterhood is feasible. Includes rich materials from India and wider South Asia, while also navigating multiple geographical locations – the national, international, and digital spaces via which feminist politics and ideas travel and multiple hegemonies are played out. Special one-time offering, spring 2018. 

Additional Electives (requiring a paper and prior approval from the SAS UAH)

FA 33B — Islamic Art and Architecture
ca nw ]
M,W,Th 12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Professor Muna Guvenc
Through case studies of cities, sites, and monuments, the course presents an overview of the art and the architecture of the Islamic world beginning from the seventh century up to the present. Some of the themes include, but are not limited to, Islamic material culture, orientalist imaginations, systems of governance and the colonial present, search for the local identity, urban modernity and nationalism, and globalization. Usually offered every third year.

FA 34A — History of Asian Art
ca nw ]
M,W 5:00 PM–6:20 PM
Professor Aida Yuen Wong
May not be taken for credit by students who took FA 12a in prior years.
A selective survey of the art of the three major Asian areas: India, China, and Japan. Usually offered every second year.

Fall 2019 Courses

SAS 100A — Understanding South Asia: India and Pakistan
Professor Harleen Singh