The South Asian Studies (SAST) is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program housed in the Division of Social Sciences in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (LA&PS). The program offers a range of courses that allows students to pursue their cultural and academic interests in South Asia and its diaspora. Organized around carefully selected themes in culture, history, politics, religion, economics, and development, the core and other courses provide critical perspectives for those who would like to know more about South Asia as well as for those who wish to deepen their pre-existing knowledge about South Asia.
Given that contemporary South Asia has emerged as a major world force faced with unprecedented social and political changes, the program offers grounded and expert analyses of challenges that face different parts of South Asia comprised of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. More importantly, the program engages with the contemporary South Asian diaspora, which has become a significant and powerful presence in Canada and elsewhere. By exploring the complex history of South Asian immigration and its experiences, the courses are geared to reflect upon issues that face Canadian South Asians in particular.
The Program Office is housed in room 738 (South) Ross and associated faculty members have their offices in different University buildings. SAST coordinates several cultural and scholarly activities like guest lectures, conferences, workshops, seminars and cultural events with York Centre of Asian Research (YCAR). Students are encouraged to participate in these events.
Combining a major in South Asian Studies with any discipline in the Faculty of Liberal Arts& Professional Studies offers employment options in international organizations, government or the private sector. The fields vary from academic teaching, international journalism, fine arts, films and theatre, literature, environmental studies, economics, linguistics and international development.