The South Asia Center encourages undergraduates in the Asian Studies Program to pursue an area focus on South Asia, or specialize in any country within that region. Undergraduates are encouraged to take courses related to South Asian history, society, culture and language offered by the Asian Studies faculty as well as the Center’s affiliate faculty.
Faculty members affiliated with the Center offer courses on a wide range of South Asia-related topics in anthropology, art, geography, history, linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, political science, religion, sociology, theater and dance, and urban and regional planning giving students the opportunity to be introduced to various disciplinary approaches to South Asia.
The Asian Studies Program encourages its students to study the language of the country or region in which the student is specializing up to and beyond the second-year level. Hindi and Sanskrit are offered every semester at the introductory, intermediate, and third-year level through the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literature.
Undergraduates specializing in India are encouraged to apply for the J. Watumull Scholarship for the Study of India. The scholarship is aimed at promoting the understanding of India among University of Hawai‘i students. To be eligible for the scholarship, the students will need to submit well-developed proposals to study for a minimum of two months in India.
The scholarship supports students in any area of study such as the visual and performing arts, history, philosophy, religion, and politics, and includes those enrolled in the professional schools and community college programs. Students are expected to be enrolled in courses at a recognized Indian institution or to be conducting pre-approved independent study overseen by a faculty member at UH in cooperation with a scholar in India. Students may also choose to participate in an approved study abroad program sponsored by another U.S. institution.
The scholarship is generously supported by the J. Watumull Fund.