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How to gain a passport to success and global citizenship

Students and Faculty from several of the University’s schools and regional studies departments discuss the reasons to study and engage with the histories, languages and cultures of the world. These studies support the deepening of students’ intellectual and personal development while simultaneously enhancing their cosmopolitanism. Students deem these as pre-requisites for success in their studies, careers and lives beyond Penn.

  • Undergraduate

    South Asia Studies is an interdisciplinary field that deals with the past and contemporary life of one-fifth of the world’s population.

    Graduate

    The PhD and MA Graduate program gives students a broad understanding of the study of South Asia, deep knowledge of particular fields of interest, and training in South Asian languages as the basis for original research to prepare for academia or other professional careers.

    Faculty

    The South Asia Studies Department is a close-knit community of interdisciplinary scholars that combines expertise in the languages, literatures, histories, and cultures of South Asia.

What is South Asia Studies?

The study of South Asia at Penn has a tradition stretching back over a hundred years. The department has trained generations of leaders in the field and remains one of the most distinguished places to study South Asia in the United States. Today the South Asia Studies Department is a close-knit community of interdisciplinary scholars that combines expertise in the languages, literatures, histories, and cultures of South Asia. The Department prides itself in its ability to meet a variety of training and learning needs.

We Teach More Languages Than Any Other Department in the Country

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Meet Our Students

Samana Gururaja

Courtly culture, religion and temple urbanism; kinship and conjugality in Early Medieval courtesan communities; Kannada and Sanskrit literature and epigraphy; use of the human form in visual media and built environments