South Asian Studies is a field of study that includes the following countries: Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives. South Asia covers about 5.1 million square kilometres and today has a population approaching two billion people. More than that, it has a documented cultural history of four millennia and it is one of the two or three locations in the world that developed powerful traditions of rational enquiry, formal debate and analytical philosophy in the millennium before the common era. In the ancient and medieval periods, most of this great geographical area was often known simply as “India,” and was connected by ties of language, culture, art and trade. South Asia presents a vibrant and attractive prospect for study, and an almost endless field for advanced research and discovery. (UAlberta South Asian Studies).
For more information on South Asian Studies at the University of Alberta, please visit the program's website.