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 2017 Schedule of Classes for additional details and the University Bulletin for a complete list of SAS courses.

Spring 2017 Courses

Core Electives from Other Departments/Programs

ENG 20A: Bollywood: Popular Film, Genre, and Society
[ hum nw ]
Professor Ulka Anjaria
M,W,Th 11:00 AM–11:50 AM

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. Usually offered every third year.

HIST 66A: History of South Asia (2500 BCE - 1971)
[ nw ss ]
Professor Govind Sreenivasan
M,W 2:00 PM–3:20 PM

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. Usually offered every second year.

REL 151A: The Buddha: His Life and Teachings
[ hum nw ]
Professor Yu Feng
T,Th 2:00 PM–3:20 PM

Few human beings have had as much impact on the world as Siddhartha Gotama Shakyamuni, known to us as Buddha. This course explores his life and teachings as reflected in early Buddhist literature and Western scholarship. Usually offered every year.