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

HIS 171

Modern South Asia

Instructor
Waheed

What unfolded in South Asian history from the time the Taj Mahal was built in the seventeenth century to contemporary War on Terror?  Focuses on transition from Mughal to British Rule, British colonialism, Indian nationalism, rise of independent…

REL 370

Asian Meditation Texts

Instructor
Mahony

A study of the religious significance, ideals, and practice of meditation in selected Buddhist and Hindu traditions. Readings center on translations of primary texts but also include pertinent indigenous commentaries and modern interpretive works.

Satisfies the Philosophical and…

REL 270

Classical Hinduism

Instructor
Mahony

Historical, thematic, and theological consideration of selected aspects of classical Hinduism. Topics include concepts of divinity, the place in religious life of sacred narrative and ritual, the religious significance of the intellect and emotions, devotional sensibilities, the value…