Undergraduate Program

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The South Asia Studies Department welcomes all prospective students and their families to stop by our department. If you wish to sit in on a class or meet with our department faculty, please contact Zoe Beckerman zoeb@sas.upenn.edu to set up a specific appointment time.

South Asia Studies is an interdisciplinary field that deals with the past and contemporary life of one-fifth of the world’s population. South Asia includes the modern nation-states of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives. Constituted as a department of languages and cultures, the department sees the study of these two aspects as essential to one another. Majors and Minors, therefore, are encouraged to pursue language study alongside coursework that focuses on South Asian culture, which includes learning about South Asia's literature, philosophy, art, history, and society.

Why major in South Asia Studies? 

A degree from this department, the oldest and one of the most well-respected in the world, will provide you with:
a.) a broad-based knowledge of South Asia's languages, history, and culture
b.) the critical-thinking/writing skills necessary to pursue master's level education, professional school (business, law, medicine, engineering, social work, journalism, etc.), or a career in the private or public sector
c.) a competitive advantage to excel in any career or activity that requires direct contact with South Asia, an area of the world that continues to grow in importance in terms of of cultural reach, economic centrality, and political influence.

To apply, please visit Penn's Undergraduate Admissions page.

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