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



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


South Asian Cinema


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


The Story of Indian Business

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


South Asian Literatures in English

Offered by Department of English Language and Literature


Passage to India: Modern Indian Society

Offered by Department of History


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

* 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.