South Asia Studies


Link to WesMaps Courses

Wesleyan has a remarkable collection of faculty, courses, and resources for all students interested in studying the cultures of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The University has nine scholars devoted to the region and its diaspora in fields as diverse as anthropology, art history, dance, history, literature, music, and religion. Certificate faculty will help Wesleyan students better pursue the wide range of opportunities in South Asia–-both scholarly and artistic-–as South Asia becomes increasingly prominent politically, economically, and academically.

Students will be required to take seven courses designated as appropriate for the certificate. Of these:

  • One must be a gateway course (i.e., a course entirely about South Asia that combines two or more of the below-listed distribution categories in such a way as to offer an introduction to South Asian studies).
  • At least one course in three of the distribution categories.
  • No more than three courses can come from any one of these categories.

The distribution categories are as follows:

  • Contemporary society and practice (CSP): Courses primarily concerned with the study of contemporary South Asian communities, their practices, and their productions
  • Historical inquiry (HI): Courses primarily concerned with the historical study of South Asia
  • Language (L): Courses in which students gain comprehension in South Asia’s languages
  • Performance traditions (PT): Courses in which students obtain training in the performance of a specific form of art

Interested students should contact William Pinch at