Program Highlight

Chiang Mai River

Are you interested in a spending a term in India? Consider a semester-abroad program at Pondicherry University, located in a beautiful seaside town in Southern India where local people speak Tamil, Hindi and French!

All majors can be accommodated: the university has programs in biodiversity, language, philosophy, anthropology, biology, physics, english, economics, religious studies and other disciplines. A 17-day study tour of south India is integrated into the semester, with possibilities for travel in the North.

Please contact Dan Meckel for more information. 

SMP Spotlight

Brick Lane

Rachael Carter, “Chicken Tikka Masala: Literature of the South Asian Diaspora in Britain,” Class of 2007.

50% of non-white Britons are of South Asian descent, and the multiple south Asian communities and cultures of Great Britain—focused in London—are a vibrant part of national life. Using four novels written by Britons of South Asian descent, this St. Mary's Project explores the impact and aftermath of reverse colonization in Great Britain.

Asian Studies

The cultures of Asia are among the world's oldest and most enduring, and they also play an increasingly important role in modern world affairs. Emigrant peoples of Asia have reshaped the cultures of the rest of the world in profound ways, expanding what is thought of as "Asia" beyond national and continental boundaries, to include diaspora cultures in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Africa. Asia's many distinct and interrelated civilizations are thus both ancient, dating to the Neolithic era, and widespread, geographically spanning the globe. The economic and political centers of Asia include the two most populous nations in the world, and two of the three largest economies in the world. Asian Studies thus challenges students to explore some of the most influential and widespread cultures on the globe.

In addition to broadening student horizons in the liberal arts, Asian Studies provides excellent preparation for a future career in the U.S. Foreign Service, the United Nations, international non-governmental organizations, multinational business, and advanced academic studies.