South Asian countries such as India are becoming increasingly important partners for European countries. The Master of Arts program in South Asian Studies focuses on Indian language, philosophy, and religion (area of concentration: history) and the intellectual and social history of the region (area of concentration: Modern South Asian Studies). Depending upon your area of concentration, this program imparts an understanding of the cultural, religious, social, political, and economic development of South Asia—a region which includes India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Tibet, and the Maldives. The program enables students to conduct research independently using primary sources in the languages of the Indian subcontinent.Students may specialize in one of two areas: Classical Indology (Ancient and Medieval South Asian Studies) — Language, Literature, Religion and Philosophy — or Modern South Asia [currently not available]. Students are also required to complete a semester abroad.