Southern Asia Studies
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Why choose Southern Asia Studies?
Nearly a quarter of the world’s people live in the geographic area known as South Asia, making it one of the most densely-populated places on the planet. Representing a multiplicity of religions, cultures, ethnicities, and languages, this diverse group’s interaction over thousands of years is a rich, complex story with lessons for today and the future.
By considering South Asia’s experiences of colonialism, post-colonialism, political activism, multiculturalism, and economics, you will enrich your understanding of those dynamics in Canada too. As you examine South Asian influences on the West, including yoga, meditation, and Buddhist concepts, you will challenge your own ideas and discover alternative worldviews.
Explore Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism, and South Asian expressions of Christianity, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, and Sufism as you discover or enhance your knowledge of languages including Urdu, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Tibetan, and Sanskrit. Through Concordia International, go on exchange in a South Asian country. In Montreal, experience South Asian culture, food, temples and mosques, while connecting with members of the South Asian community.
A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.
- Major in Southern Asia Studies (42 credits)
- Minor in Southern Asia Studies (24 credits)
Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements
- Quebec CEGEP: DEC
- High School: C+
- International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 26
- Baccalauréat français: 11
- British system of education (GCE):
- A-levels: At least two A-level exams CD or
- AS-levels: At least 4 AS-level exams with equivalent results or
- BTEC: Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in a related subject area with equivalent results
- Additional information for British System of Education (GCE) applicants
- University Transfers (internal/external): C
Course requirements for admission
None. You must meet Concordia’s minimum admission requirements.
Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.
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Southern Asia Studies is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program, which provides students with the opportunity to focus their studies on the customs, social organization, ideas, historical experiences and present-day conditions of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and their neighbours. Students with a major or minor in Southern Asia Studies take courses in Religion, History, Political Science and other disciplines - including Film Studies, Economics, Education, Linguistics, English, and Sociology and Anthropology.
The countries of Southern Asia have one-fifth of the world's total population today and possess the heritage of one of the world's oldest civilizations. This region is of immense political importance, and religious significance - made up of communities practicing Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Sikhism, Judaism and Christianity. People who come from this region, or whose great-grandparents did, are an important part of Canada today, and their cultural expressions contribute to the richness of Canadian society.
Sample classes may include:
- Yoga in History, Thought and Practice
- Gandhi, Colonialism and Beyond
- Muslim Cultures in Southern Asia
- Gender and Sexuality in South Asia
- Theravada Buddhism
- Urban Planning in the Developing World
For an overview of the Southern Asia Studies curriculum, visit our traditions page.
Consult the undergraduate calendar for a complete list of courses.
As a student of religion, you’ll have the opportunity to benefit from:
- Our disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary breadth
- Faculty who have won national and university awards for research and teaching
- Connecting with academics who attend the international conferences we host
- A Chair in Hindu Studies
- A world-class collection of libraries in Montreal
You’ll be well-positioned to become an effective, high-impact professional in fields including law, medicine, international development, international business, journalism and social work. Our graduates have found success in:
- Teaching English as a second language
- Working with community organizations
- Humanitarian work
- Graduate studies in religions and cultures, history, and political science