South Asian Studies (2018 - 2020)
The minor in South Asian studies requires four 4-point courses (16 points) chosen in close consultation with the South Asian studies faculty adviser. Students must declare the minor and consult the adviser before completing their course requirements. Students can pursue three broad areas of concentration:
Track A: Language and Literature
This track provides students with a solid foundation in a modern Indian language. Students must complete a four-semester sequence in either Hindi or Urdu. These courses may also be used to satisfy the CAS foreign language requirement.
Track B: History, Culture, and Politics
This track fosters a broad interdisciplinary perspective on South Asia. All four courses must be non-language courses.
Track C: Culture and Language
This track combines Tracks A and B. Students must take two language courses at the intermediate level or advanced level, plus two non-language South Asian studies courses. Language courses taken in Track C may also be used to satisfy the CAS foreign language requirement.
Policies Applying to the Minor
All courses for the minor must be completed with a grade of C or better (Pass/Fail does not count).
One College Core Curriculum Cultures and Contexts course on South Asia may be counted toward the nonlanguage minor requirement (in tracks B and C).
The South Asian studies faculty adviser determines the eligibility of courses taught by NYU South Asian faculty which are not currently on the minor course list.
One course taken in a study away program can be counted, with the faculty adviser's approval, after examining the syllabus and other documents related to that course, which students must provide.
For students who matriculate in CAS as freshmen, at least three of the four courses must be completed at NYU. Transfer students may be allowed to count up to two transfer courses toward the minor (upon review and approval of faculty adviser); they must always complete two courses for the minor at NYU.
With prior approval, one independent study course can count toward the minor.
One course can automatically double count for the South Asian minor and another major/minor, and two courses can be considered by student petition. Other majors and minors may have stricter policies on double counting of courses; students must check with their other departments.
The minor does not satisfy either Societies and the Social Sciences or Expressive Culture in the College Core Curriculum.