Curriculum Options

The Programme offers the following flexible curriculum options which enable students to immerse themselves in the academic study of South Asia:



Detailed information on graduation requirements for all of the above can be found here.


Single major [B.A. or B.A. (Hons.)]

Students majoring in South Asia will study the first year exposure module - South Asia: People, Culture, Development alongside a range of level-2000 and level-3000 modules offered by SASP or recognised modules from other departments. For Honours, students will be required to undertake an Honours Thesis/Projects component. Such an intensive and well-rounded curriculum will equip students with specialized knowledge of this important region of Asia.


Second major in South Asian Studies

This option allows students to establish credentials in more than one discipline or area of study. Such a combination would be especially helpful to students who wish to develop strengths and credentials in both a discipline and an area study such as South Asia. This will enable students to complete their undergraduate degree from NUS with a discipline-based subjec (e.g. Geography, History or Economics) but with a Second Major in South Asian Studies, equipping them to address employers' preference for disciplinary training coupled with expertise and knowledge about a dynamic part of Asia.


Minor in India Studies (for cohorts 2008 onwards)

South Asian Studies offers the flexible option to undertake India Studies as a Minor. The Minor can be undertaken alongside a Major in any disciplinary area.To attain the Minor in India Studies, students will be required to have 24MCs (about 6 modules) of SN or SN-recognised modules from the list below, including the exposure module at level-1000.


List of modules for India Studies

Module Code

Module title



South Asia: People, Culture, Development

One of Asian Studies exposure modules


India's Economic Policies and Performance



The Information Revolution in India



Introduction to Indian Thought

Cross-listed module with Department of Philosophy


Tamil Studies I



Indian Communities in Southeast Asia



Introduction to Sikhism



The Making of Modern India, 1856-1947

Recognised module for History majors.


Exile, Indenture, IT: Global South Asians



The Struggle for India, 1920-1964

Cross-listed module with Department of History


Issues in Indian Philosophy

Cross-listed module with Department of Philosophy


Tamil Studies II



Introduction to Classical Indian Texts



Rivers of India: Divinity and Sacred Space



Language, Culture and Identity in India



Governing Public Services in India


SN3880A Art of India  


Tamil 1

Offered by Centre for Language Studies


Tamil 2

Offered by Centre for Language Studies


Hindi 1

Offered by Centre for Language Studies


Hindi 2

Offered by Centre for Language Studies


South Asian Literatures in English

Offered by Department of English Language and Literature


Passage to India: Modern Indian Society

Offered by Department of History

* Language modules are optional.
These modules offered by the Centre for Language Studies are for students with no background in Tamil or Hindi. Language modules, however, are not compulsory for fulfilling the requirements for the Minor in India Studies.  Language modules will normally be on only ONE language track, i.e. either Hindi OR Tamil.