The South Asian Studies Program (SASP) is devoted to the enhancement of instruction, research, and the dissemination of knowledge about India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

SASP supports the B.A. in Asian Languages and Literature (Chinese, Japanese, and Sanskrit) offered through the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literature.


International Programs’ affinity groups contribute to Iowa’s global mission

Monday, July 1, 2024
The faculty-led affinity groups create opportunities for faculty to advance research and teaching through a focus on collegiate issues and perspectives, provide opportunities for faculty and students across disciplines to interact and collaborate, and develop public engagement projects to benefit communities in Iowa and abroad.

Award-winning author Shailaja Paik to illuminate Dalit histories at upcoming South Asian Studies Program talk

Monday, March 4, 2024
Shailaja Paik will discuss her book, the first social and intellectual history of Dalit performance of Tamasha—a popular form of public, secular, traveling theater.

Rethinking equality, neighborliness, and dignity through Gandhi and Ambedkar: a discussion with Ajay Skaria and Aishwary Kumar 

Monday, October 16, 2023
Join the South Asian Studies program on November 2 for this discussion about Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, key figures in the history of modern India.

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Academic Programs

International Studies B.A.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at The University of Iowa offers an International Studies B.A., an interdisciplinary program that allows students to choose a geographic or thematic area as the focus of their studies. Students interested in concentrating on South Asian Studies are encouraged to consider an International Studies major with an emphasis in South Asian Studies.

India Winterim Program
India Winterim is an intensive, three-week, field-based program that provides students with the opportunity to learn within India’s diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and geographical mosaic.

Contact us

Aniruddha Dutta

Director, South Asian Studies Program