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 Fall 2016 Schedule of Classes for additional details and the University Bulletin for a complete list of SAS courses.

Fall 2016 Courses

SAS Core Course

SAS 100A: India and Pakistan: Understanding South Asia
[ nw ss ]
Professor Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria
T,F 11:00 AM–12:20 PM

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.

Core Electives from Other Departments/Programs

ENG 127A: The Novel in India
[ hum nw ]
Professor Ulka Anjaria
T,F 11:00 AM–12:20 PM

Survey of the novel and short story of the Indian subcontinent, their formal experiments in context of nationalism and postcolonial history. Authors may include Tagore, Anand, Manto, Desani, Narayan, Desai, Devi, Rushdie, Roy, Mistry, and Chaudhuri. Usually offered every second year.

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

AMST 140B: The Asian American Experience
[ oc ss ]
Professor Patrick Chung
T,F 11:00 AM–12:20 PM

Examines the political, economic, social, and contemporary issues related to Asians in the United States from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Topics include patterns of immigration and settlement, and individual, family, and community formation explored through history, literature, personal essays, films, and other popular media sources. Usually offered every second year.

ANTH 111A: Aging in Cross-Cultural Perspective
[ nw ss wi ]
Professor Sarah Lamb
T,F 9:30 AM–10:50 AM

This course offers a 2-credit optional Experiential Learning practicum.

Examines the meanings and social arrangements given to aging in a diversity of societies, including the U.S., India, Japan and China. Key themes include: the diverse ways people envision and organize the life course, scholarly and popular models of successful aging, the medicalization of aging in the U.S., cultural perspectives on dementia, and the ways national aging policies and laws are profoundly influenced by particular cultural models. Usually offered every second year.

ANTH 158A: Urban Worlds
[ ss ]
Professor Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria
T,Th 2:00 PM–3:20 PM

Additional section for graduate students meets Fridays 1-1:50 p.m.

Explores some of the essential concepts of urban theory and conducts an in-depth study of urban experiences around the world. Topics include the city and marginality, urban modernity, gender and public space, gentrification, suburbanization, transgression, and urban nature. Case studies may be from cities such as Lagos, New York, Paris, Dubai, Rio de Janeiro, and Mumbai. Usually offered every second year.

HIST 180A: The Global Opium Trade: 1755-Present
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Professor Heyward Parker James
M,W 5:00 PM–6:20 PM

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. Usually offered every third year.

HSSP 102A: Global Perspectives on Health
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Professor Alice Noble
M,W 5:00 PM–6:20 PM

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. Usually offered every year.