Undergraduate

Entry Requirements

SASP welcomes all students with good results at GCE ‘A’ Levels (including General Paper) who have an interest in South Asia. No prior knowledge of the region or knowledge of any South Asian language is required.

Curriculum Options

We offer the following flexible curriculum options which enable students to immerse themselves in the academic study of South Asia:

Single major [B.A. or B.A. (Hons.)] in South Asian Studies

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

Students have the 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

Remarks

SN1101E

South Asia: People, Culture, Development

One of Asian Studies exposure modules

SN2233

India's Economic Policies and Performance

SN2251

The Information Revolution in India

PH2204/SN2273

Introduction to Indian Thought

Cross-listed module with Department of Philosophy

SN2275

Tamil Studies I

SN2277

Indian Communities in Southeast Asia

SN2278

Introduction to Sikhism

SN2279

The Making of Modern India, 1856-1947

Recognised module for History majors.

SN3261

Exile, Indenture, IT: Global South Asians

SN3262/HY3236

The Struggle for India, 1920-1964

Cross-listed module with Department of History

PH3204/SN3272

Issues in Indian Philosophy

Cross-listed module with Department of Philosophy

SN3274

South Asian Cinema

SN3275

Tamil Studies II

SN3276

Introduction to Classical Indian Texts

SN3278

Rivers of India: Divinity and Sacred Space

SN3279

Language, Culture and Identity in India

SN3280

Governing Public Services in India

SN3281

The Story of Indian Business

SN3880A Art of India Taught via video conference by Professor Rick Asher, University of Minnesota, USA

EN3265

South Asian Literatures in English

Offered by Department of English Language and Literature

HY2258

Passage to India: Modern Indian Society

Offered by Department of History

*LAL1201

Tamil 1

Offered by Centre for Language Studies

*LAL2201

Tamil 2

Offered by Centre for Language Studies

*LAH1201

Hindi 1

Offered by Centre for Language Studies

*LAH2201

Hindi 2

Offered by Centre for Language Studies

* 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.