IS Indian Studies Program & Minor

The Indian Studies Minor allows students to develop a more profound understanding of cultures of the subcontinent. The curriculum is strongly interdisciplinary, encompassing courses in linguistics, anthropology, English, geography, mathematics, philosophy, political science, and sociology.

Students completing the minor will possess:

  • an ability to read Sanskrit (vital for comprehending Indian culture)
  • a well-rounded, multidisciplinary understanding of the culture and geography of India and of contemporary Indian society and politics
  • a high degree of preparedness to pursue careers in business or teaching that require knowledge of Indian society and its traditions.

The minor in Indian Culture requires 18 hours of course work. To complement the courses offered at UK, students are encouraged to participate in a study program in India.

Minor Requirements

  1. Sanskrit Language Courses (6 hours):
    LIN 520 Sanskrit I
    LIN 521 Sanskrit II
  2. Twelve hours of courses on India from anthropology, English, geography, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, political science, sociology, and independent studies in India.
    Students choose from the following courses (12 hours):
    • ANT 327 Culture and Societies of India
    • GEO 330 Geography of South Asia
    • GEO 365 Topics in Regional Geography (subtitle required
    • GEO 565 Topics in Geography
    • LIN 395 Independent Work
    • MA 330 History of Mathematics
    • PHI 343 Asian Philosophy
    • PS 420G Governments and Politics of South Asia
    • SOC 380 Globalization: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

Current UK students should consult APEX (located in myUK) and use the ‘Run Selected Program’ feature to identify and monitor progress toward the completion of the minor. Detailed information can also be found in the UK Bulletin.

Students with a primary major in the College of Arts & Sciences can declare the Indian Culture minor in the A&S Advising Center, 311 Patterson Office Tower. Students not in the College of Arts & Sciences must declare the Indian Culture minor with their primary college.

For further information, contact:
Professor Paul Karan (Geography)
(859) 257-6953
ppkaran@uky.edu

Professor Avinash Sathaye (Mathematics)
703 Patterson Office Tower, (859) 257-8832.
sathaye@uky.edu

 

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