Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages

Undergraduate Programs
Minor in Indian and South Asian Languages and Cultures

The Minor in Indian and South Asian Languages and Cultures equips students with linguistic and cultural proficiency focused on India and the other nations of South Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal, and Tibet) to enable their future work across the region and the disciplines. Students gain global cultural understanding, develop communication skills, and think analytically. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in study abroad programs, internships, student-centered organizations, and experiential learning opportunities through which they can practice the language and deepen their cultural understanding. Students will become conversant with digital technologies as an integrated part of their academic training in preparation for their career beyond MSU.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University.  With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree. 

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages.

Requirements for the Minor in Indian and South Asian Languages and Cultures

Students must fulfill the following requirements:

1. Complete the equivalent of 2.5 years of academic study in a South Asian language or demonstrate equivalent proficiency through placement testing. Any courses needed at the 200-level or above to fulfill this requirement may count towards the 17 credits required for the minor.
2. Complete additional courses needed to reach 17 credits from the following courses:
ASN 291 Special Topics in Asian Languages 1 to 4
ASN 491 Special Topics in Asian Languages 1 to 6
ENG 360 Studies in Postcolonial and Diaspora Literature (W) 3
HA 260 Asian Art 3
HA 261 Modern Asian Art 3
HA 461 Selected Topics in Modern Asian Art 4
MUS 425 Music of South Asian and Its Diaspora 2
REL 340 Hinduism 3
REL 345 Religions of South Asia 3
REL 350 Buddhism of South Asia 3
Students must obtain advisor approval before enrolling in ASN 291, ASN 491, ENG 360, and HA 461 to ensure appropriate South Asian content. Other South Asian language courses not used to fulfill the language requirement in item 1. and other approved courses with South Asian content may be used to fulfill the requirements of the minor.