The South Asian Studies program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program housed in the Department of Social Science in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. 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, literature, religion, economics, and development, the core and other courses directed by experts in the field 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 and the South Asian Diaspora, which has become a significant presence in North America and elsewhere.
The Program Office is housed in the Ross Building and associated faculty members have their offices in different University buildings. The South Asian Studies program coordinates several cultural events and academic activities like guest lectures, workshops and seminars, often in collaboration with the York Centre of Asian Research. 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 opportunities 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.