South Asian Studies as academic subject researches the cultures – including societies and its fields such as media, religion, politics, history, etc. – of the Indian subcontinent, which today includes India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka (at times, also Afghanistan is part of this list). As an area related discipline it also comprises the region’s languages, as they enable direct admission, allow for unaltered access and facilitate unbiased approaches to the regional developments and events.
SAS at UH in research and teaching focuses on contemporary India, though the historical developments in South Asia are included in the education. South Asia today is one of the most dynamic, transforming, and complex regions of the world, and specifically India’s global engagement and influence in economics, high-tech research, IT, the entertainment and art industry, international politics, as well as in many other areas/fields, increases steadily.
These developments open up a variety of potential career perspectives for students of South Asian Studies. Though the traditional career in academia itself still is an option, the possible choice of occupations today constantly broadens. Depending on the study specialization and on the chosen complementary study subjects, potential career fields include, but are not limited to, (South Asia related) professions in economics, journalism, social work, politics (for instance integration or diversity management), culture work and art (for instance in museums), archives, translation, tourism, diplomacy, etc.