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Indian and South Asian Languages and Cultures Minor
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Indian and South Asian Languages and Cultures

India and the other countries and territories of South Asia—Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet—remain, as they have for millennia, extraordinarily important sites in the global system—culturally, artistically, economically, and politically. One in four people resides in South Asia, as well as one in three Muslims. Moreover, India, the world’s largest democracy, is projected to have the world’s largest economy by 2050. For undergraduates across the colleges of Michigan State University, a transcriptable regional expertise in South Asia is now more than ever an asset for future employment in industry, business, STEM, arts, and humanities.

The Minor in Indian and South Asian Languages and Cultures will equip students with linguistic and cultural proficiency focused on India and South Asia to enable their future work across the region and the disciplines. Students gain global cultural understanding, develop communication skills, and think analytically. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in study abroad programs, internships, student-centered organizations, and experiential learning opportunities through which they can practice their language and deepen their cultural understanding. In preparation for their career beyond MSU, students will become conversant with digital technologies as an integrated part of their academic training.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

To enroll in the minor or for more information, contact the minor advisor Cindy Walter (walterc2@msu.edu) and see her webpage about scheduling an appointment: http://linglang.msu.edu/people/undergraduate-advisor/

Join our Facebook page for more news about South Asian events around campus: https://www.facebook.com/MSUSouthAsia/ and follow @MSU_SouthAsia on Twitter.

Minor Requirements (17 credits) 

1. Complete the equivalent of 2.5 years of academic study in a South Asian language or demonstrate equivalent proficiency through placement testing. Any courses needed at the 200-level or above to fulfill this proficiency requirement count towards the 17 credits required for the minor. 

2. Complete any additional courses needed to reach 17 credits from the list of approved South Asian language and culture courses.

Indian and South Asian Language Courses

All of our language courses are currently under the "LL" course code.


LL 151.2/LL152.2 Basic Hindi I / Basic Hindi II

LL 201.2/LL202.2 Intermediate Hindi I / Intermediate Hindi II

LL 301.2/LL302.2 High Intermediate Hindi I / High Intermediate Hindi II

LL 401.2/LL402.2 Advanced Hindi I / Advanced Hindi II

Contact Dr. Rajiv Ranjan (rranjan@msu.edu) if you have any questions about Hindi.


LL 151.23/LL152.23 Basic Urdu I / Basic Urdu II

LL 201.23/LL202.23 Intermediate Urdu I / Intermediate Urdu II

LL 301.23/LL302.23 High Intermediate Urdu I / High Intermediate Urdu II

LL 401.23/LL402.23 Advanced Urdu I / Advanced Urdu II

Contact A. Sean Pue (pue@msu.edu) if you have any questions about Urdu.

Indian and South Asian Culture Courses


ASN 291/491 Special Topics in Asian Languages*

[Offered in Fall 2019: ASN 291.2 Introduction to History and Culture of India and South Asia]

ENG 360 Studies in Postcolonial and Diaspora Literature*

HA 260 Asian Art

HA 261 Modern Asian Art

HA 461 Selected Topics in Modern Asian Art*

MUS 425 Music of South Asian and Its Diaspora

REL 340 Hinduism

REL 345 Religions of South Asia

REL 350 Buddhism of South Asia

* Courses with asterisk have variable content. Students in the minor must obtain advisor approval before enrolling in ASN 291, ASN 491, ENG 360, and HA 461 to ensure appropriate South Asian content. Other courses may be used to fulfill the requirements of the minor if approved by the advisor.