Indian Subcontinental Studies

The teaching of the Sanskrit language is the backbone of the Indian studies program offered by the Department of Indian Subcontinental Studies. Sanskrit is the most important classical language of the Indian subcontinent and the gateway for exploring the various intellectual, literary, and artistic traditions — associated especially with Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism — that have shaped South Asian civilisation, and which have indeed played a profound role in forming Asia as a whole. The Sanskrit major is designed to foster a sophisticated grasp of developments in religion, philosophy, literature, and culture throughout South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan), Central Asia, South East Asia and Tibet, as well as an understanding of the broader social and historical contexts in which these developments took place.