"Gender, Development, and Empowerment in India" students in Agra (December 2015). The course is part of the 2-credit unit C.U. in India and Southeast Asia course series.
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.
South Asia Studies is an interdisciplinary field that deals with the past and contemporary life of one-fifth of the world’s population.
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.
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 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.