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/Project component. Such an intensive and well-rounded curriculum will equip students with specialised 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 subject (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

SN2213 Governance and Politics in South Asia  
SN2232 South Asia: Poverty, Inequality, Power  


India's Economic Policies and Performance

SN2234 Gender and Society in South Asia  


The Information Revolution in India

SN2261 The Emergence of Contemporary South Asia  
SN2271 Religion and Society in South Asia  


Introduction to Indian Thought

Cross-listed module with Department of Philosophy

SN2274 South Asian Cultures: An Introduction  


Tamil Studies I


Indian Communities in Southeast Asia


Introduction to Sikhism


The Making of Modern India, 1856-1947

Recognised module for History majors.

SN2280 Marriage, Sex, Love in South Asia  
SN2281 A History of Sport in South Asia  
SN3223 International Relations of South Asia  
SN3232 South Asia: Development, Issues, Debates  


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.

Minor in Asian Studies

The minor in Asian Studies is a multidisciplinary minor jointly offered by the Department of Chinese Studies, Department of Japanese Studies, Department of Malay Studies, Department of Southeast Asian Studies and South Asian Studies Programme. To attain the minor in Asian Studies, students will be required to pass a minimum of 24 MCs of modules from a list of recognised modules, including AA1201 Asian Challenges and Interconnections. For more details on the minor requirements, please click here.