The Program in South Asian Studies offers undergraduates the opportunity to earn a certificate of proficiency, learn a language and participate in the numerous events held on campus. 

Undergraduate Certificate

Undergraduates interested in the region should consider pursuing a certificate in South Asian Studies.

Among the requirements:

  • Four semesters of Hindi, Urdu or Sanskrit, or demonstrated proficiency in one of these or another South Asian language through a program examination. (See the program director to discuss using a language other than Hindi, Urdu or Sanskrit to fulfill the program's language requirement.)
  • At least four courses on South Asia in any of the following departments: Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Economics, History, Near Eastern Studies, Politics, Religion, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, or the Program in South Asian Studies. Please note: No more than two courses in any one department may be used to count toward the certificate of proficiency, and only one course of the four may be taken as P/D/F. HIN-URD 301 and 302 count in the SAS course category for certificate eligibility.
  • A senior thesis written in the student's department of concentration with a significant South Asian component. If there is no possibility for South Asian content in the senior thesis, students must write a separate piece of independent work focusing on South Asia; please consult with the program director.
  • Students who complete the requirements of the program with satisfactory standing receive a certificate of proficiency in South Asian studies upon graduation.

Certificate Courses

A variety of courses are offered throughout the academic year. View the list for all SAS courses. When offered, course descriptions can be found on the University website. In addition to the classes offered within the program, other classes may fulfill the certificate requirements. Contact Sam Evans with any questions.

Language Study

The Program in South Asian Studies offers three languages: Hindi, Urdu and Sanskrit. Completion of all four terms will satisfy the University language requirements. 

Learn more about the languages.


Throughout the academic year, the Program in South Asian Studies has an active calendar of events on topics ranging from politics, to poetry, to history. There is an annual Speaker Series with weekly lectures. See the events calendar.