Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Sample Degree Plan for a South Asia Ph.D. Student (Classical India)

Major Area of Specialization: Cultures and Religions of India

  • Historical Traditions of India
  • The Buddha and the Non-Buddhists
  • India before Colonialism
  • Bodhisattva Imagery
  • Traditions of Expert Knowledge of India

Minor Area of Specialization: Hindi

  • Contemporary Hindi Narratives
  • Language and Identity at Margins of Hindi Fiction
  • Hindi Drama and Film

Theory and Methodology

  • Translating India
  • Methods in the Study of Religion

Research Language

  • German for Graduate Students

Other Language Course Work

  • Advanced Readings in Sanskrit
  • Advanced Sanskrit Readings and Composition
  • Hindi Readings, Composition, and Conversation
  • Practice in Spoken Urdu