The South Asian Studies Interdisciplinary Minor at Davidson

South Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary minor focusing on an important region of the nonwestern world including Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The courses provide opportunities for students to explore the arts, economics, history, languages, politics, religions, and social structures of the cultures and the region, as well as an opportunity to study abroad. 

Davidson in India

Davidson's Semester-in-India program combines a period of residence in Madras and a time of travel/study to major archaeological and historical sites in India.

Davidson in India

Courses You Might Take

REL 271

Classical Buddhism


Historical and thematic study of Buddhist thought and practice in representative Asian cultures. Topics include the nature of Gautama Buddha's enlightenment, sectarian and philosophical developments, cultural values, psychological insights, contemplative practices and ethical views.

Satisfies the Philosophical and…

REL 371

Hindu Mysticism


Interpretive and comparative study of Hindu sacerdotal, philosophical, contemplative, and devotional mystical sensibilities as presented in various textual genres.

Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives requirement.
Satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement.
Satisfies South Asian Studies requirement.

Students at…

PHI 250

Buddhism as Philosophy


Buddhism is one of the world's major religions, but it is at the same time a philosophical system, one that has something to say about many of philosophy's central problems. These include questions about the existence and nature…