South Asian Studies Program
Rutgers University established a South Asian Studies Program (SASP) in 2003. Faculty associated with SASP have chosen to define the term 'South Asia' broadly, to include the nations of Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet, as well as the bordering nations of Afghanistan and Myanmar. SASP seeks to promote the study of this region and its diasporic communities through the development of an interdisciplinary set of courses, speakers' series, and public events.
Currently SASP offers an undergraduate minor in South Asian Studies as well as opportunities through the Study Abroad Program (Contact Study Abroad offices for more details). In addition, three South Asian languages are now being offered at Rutgers (Bengali, Hindi, and Sanskrit ). In the near future, we will be drawing up a strategic plan to set priorities for future faculty hires, graduate and undergraduate curriculum development, and other directions the Program might take. Several new faculty working on South Asian Studies in various departments have been hired including: Art History, English, Literature, Language, Cinema Studies, Religion and Geography.
Each spring, SASP conducts a Research/Travel Award competition that funds graduate and undergraduate students who are conducting research related to South Asia and/or the South Asian diaspora.