South Asia

The South Asia fields works with students on a model of co-advisement.

Courses: In the first year, students in the South Asia History are required to take the GR8910 Introduction to History and Historiography, and five additional courses.

In the second year, students are required to take four courses.

Students are expected to have taken at least two graduate seminars in South Asia history over their first two years in the program. One of these two seminars will form the basis for producing the Masters Thesis. The Masters Thesis should be based on primary research and include a review of secondary literature. They are required to follow the deadlines for the Masters thesis listed in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Languages: Students are required to pass language exams in two languages, chosen in consultation with their advisors. At least one of the languages must be a modern South Asian language (i.e., Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Tamil, Marathi, Sindhi, Kannada etc.); the other can be either a second modern South Asian language, or one selected from Sanskrit, Persian, French, Dutch, Portuguese, or German.

Students cannot opt-out of language requirements by demonstrating fluency in a South Asian language which is not among the primary research languages for their project.

Orals: Orals are generally taken in the fifth term. They consist of three major, and one minor field. The major fields should consist of the following:

  1. Ancient and Medieval South Asia
  2. Modern South Asia
  3. Comparative South Asia [conceives the study of South Asia through broadly global, transnational, or comparative framework]4. The Minor field can be geographic, chronologic, thematic or conceptual in content, and can draw from a different field (US, Early Modern or Modern Europe, East Asia, Intellectual, etc.) or different discipline (such as Anthropology, Art History, Architecture, Law, Philosophy, etc.).

Dissertation Prospectus: Students are expected to defend the dissertation prospectus in the sixth term. The prospectus is generally a 4-5,000 word document, with a substantial bibliography (that would draw on reading lists from the orals field).

The prospectus should outline the project’s methodology, discuss its relationship to current historiographic debates, outline the archives to be explored, and provide a plan of research.

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