Thinking about specific career paths?
For careers in International Development or International Public Policy: As you know, South Asia is influencing the global sphere in critical ways which you must know about. Imagine appearing for an interview and being able to speak eloquently about Canada's mission in Afghanistan or the situation in Pakistan or the effects of the Tsunami in Sri Lanka.
For careers in Media and Communication: Imagine combining a degree in Communications with a specialized knowledge of South Asia. As you know, the major media organizations are all expanding their coverage of the region. Additionally, and perhaps even more importantly, knowledge of the diaspora as large as the South Asian diaspora will be critical to indicate your ability to serve a diverse audience and feeding their curiosity about the region.
Headed towards law school? If you are interested in minority/immigrant law and related human rights issues, combine your degree with South Asian Studies. You can also pick up language courses as part of the program which would further enhance your ability to serve the second largest minority community in Canada.
Interested in the Fine Arts? You can combine a Fine Arts degree with South Asian Studies, to give you a unique combination of knowledge in the Social Sciences, Humanities and the Fine Arts.
Thinking about graduate school? Watch this multimedia presentation by Professor Douglas Peers, past Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at York. He is also a scholar of South Asia, with specialization in Indian history. Click here
Most importantly, it can help broaden your horizons of understanding - the real purpose of coming to university! As one of our students, Balraj Persaud, tells us: "My initial reasons for wanting to study South Asia stemmed from both a larger goal to examine my South Asian roots (both cultural and religious) and an interest in the linguistic diversity of the region. Although I still am learning much about the 19th century migration from British India to the West Indies and my efforts to acquire proficiency in various South Asian languages continue, I find myself now interested more in ideas and the formation of consciousness as shaped by religion, custom, language, etc. South Asian studies, perhaps most importantly, has taught me about 1) the need to examine societal formation in many lights; that is, through the prisms of as many relevant disciplines as are helpful and 2) to recognize continuity and appreciate change."