India & South Asia Studies Minor; Middle East/South Asia Studies

(College of Letters and Science)

Smriti Srinivas, Ph.D., Program Director

Program Office. 1272 Social Science & Humanities; 530-754-4926; http://mesa.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://mesa.ucdavis.edu/directory-of-people/affiliated-faculty-1

The minor in India & South Asia Studies covers an area of immense historical, cultural, economic, demographic, and geopolitical significance. The minor is designed to emphasize the interconnected and comparative aspect of history, culture, society, economy, religion, gender relations, media, law, political economy, international relations, urbanism, migration and diaspora, language and literatures across regional and national boundaries. It is an interdisciplinary minor open to undergraduates in all four colleges.

Minor Advisor. Consult the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program in 155 Kerr Hall 530-754-4926 or the Middle East/South Asia Studies website at http://mesa.ucdavis.edu.

India & South Asia Studies
Units: 20-24
MSA 100
Middle East and South Asia: Comparative Perspectives (Active)
4
MSA 180
Topics in Middle East and South Asian Studies (Active)
4
Choose one:
4
HIS 196A
Medieval India (Active)
4
HIS 196B
Modern India (Active)
4
Choose one:
4
MSA 181B
Topics in Regional ME/SA Studies (Active)
4
MSA 182B
Undergraduate Proseminar in Middle East/South Asia (Active)
4
Choose additional electives from Core Course list below:
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Core Course List:
 
MSA 112
History of South Asian Islam (Active)
4
MSA 181B
Topics in Regional ME/SA Studies (Active)
4
MSA 182B
Undergraduate Proseminar in Middle East/South Asia (Active)
4
ANT 145
Performance, Embodiment, and Space in South Asia (Active)
4
ASA 150F
South Asian American History, Culture, & Politics (Active)
4
COM 053B
Literature of South Asia (Active)
4
COM 148
Mystical Literatures of South Asia and the Middle East (Active)
4
COM 156
The Ramayana (Active)
4
HIN 001
Elementary Hindi/Urdu I (Active)
5
HIN 002
Elementary Hindi/Urdu II (Active)
5
HIN 003
Elementary Hindi/Urdu III (Active)
5
HIN 021
Intermediate Hindi/Urdu I (Active)
4
HIN 022
Intermediate Hindi/Urdu II (Active)
4
HIN 023
Intermediate Hindi/Urdu III (Active)
4
HIS 008
History of Indian Civilization (Active)
4
HIS 102Q
Undergraduate Proseminar in History; India (Active)
5
HIS 196A
Medieval India (Active)
4
HIS 196B
Modern India (Active)
4
MUS 148
Hindustani Vocal Ensemble (Active)
2
RST 030
Religions of South Asia (Active)
4
RST 068
Hinduism (Active)
4
RST 069
Introduction to Hindu Mythology (Active)
4
RST 156
Religion and the Performing Arts in India (Active)
4
RST 157
Hindu Women and Goddesses (Active)
4
With prior consultation with an advisor, students can petition in advance the Program Committee to accept:
 
Other elective courses toward the minor program if the content is 50% or more on the Arab World. Under no circumstances may more than one lower division course be offered in satisfaction of requirements for the minor.
 
More than four units of Middle East/South Asia 181C and/or Middle East/South Asia 182C towards the minor program
 
Total: 20-24
Courses in MSA:
MSA 092ME/SA 92. Internship in Middle East/South Asia Studies (3-15) Active
Internship. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Work experience on and off campus in all subject areas offered as part of the ME/SA Studies program. Internship supervised by a member of the ME/SA faculty. May be repeated up to 15 Unit(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2007 Fall Quarter.
MSA 098Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable—3-15 hour(s). May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2006 Fall Quarter.
MSA 099Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2006 Fall Quarter.
MSA 100Middle East and South Asia: Comparative Perspectives (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Ethnographic and historical points of intersection and divergence in various aspects of the Middle East and South Asia in precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial societies. Anthropological, historical, and theoretical debates surrounding the region. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2004 Summer Session 1.
MSA 111AGreat Cities of Arab Middle East and South Asia (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Some knowledge of Islamic/Middle Eastern history is very useful. In-depth examination of the great cities of North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia as cultural and historical artifacts. Topics include: the concept of the Islamic city, processes of modernity, and representations that reinforce imagination, memory and personal identity. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
MSA 112History of South Asian Islam (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Comparative study of Muslim communities of South Asia. Commonalities in cultural identity and historical experience. Rise and spread of Islam, comparative history of Islamic Empires, colonial rule, and post-colonial nationalism. (Letter.) Effective: 2007 Fall Quarter.
MSA 121AShahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. In-depth analysis of the Persian Book of Kings (Shahnameh) by Abu al-Qasim Ferdowsi (d. 1020 CE) in its historical context with a comparative perspective on the role of this work in Persian and world literature. (Same course as COM 175.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter.
MSA 121CA Story for a Life: The Arabian Nights (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. In-depth exploration of The Arabian Nights, the best-known work of pre-modern Arabic literature and a major work of world literature. Analysis of the work in its historical context and in comparison to other frame tales in world literature. (Same course as COM 172 and ARB 140.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
MSA 122AThemes in the Arabic Novel (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Independent Study; Extensive Writing. Class size limited to 30 students. Select modern Arabic fiction (novels and short stories) in translation. Thematically connected readings supplemented by non-fictional writings when appropriate. May be repeated up to 2 Time(s) if the texts/theme of required course readings sufficiently change. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
MSA 131AModern Iranian Cinema (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing, or consent of instructor. Iranian cinema of the 20th century in the context of profound cultural and social changes in Iran especially since the Iranian Revolution. Productions by representative directors such as Kiarostami, Makhmalbaf, Bahram Beizaie are included. Knowledge of Persian not required. (Same course as CTS 146A.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
MSA 131BModern South Asia Cinema (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper-division standing or consent of instructor. South Asian cinema of last 100 years in the context of cultural, social, and political changes. South Asian history, Independence, Partition, urban life, class, migration, postcolonial identity, diaspora, gender, sexuality, religion, sport, performance, etc (Same course as CTS 146B and ANT 147.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
MSA 131CReligion and Media in Arab World (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Exploration of the role and experience of media technologies in the Arab world. Study of digital and electronic media as well as alternative media practices. Investigation of new trends in political activism and identity formation. (Same course as RST 166.) (Letter.) GE credit: OL, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
MSA 131DModern Turkish Cinema (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—2 hour(s); Film Viewing—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper-division standing or consent of instructor. Turkish cinema of the 20th & 21st century in the context of cultural, social, & political changes. Issues covered include history, nationalism, political dissent, identity, migration, diaspora, gender, sexuality, religion, and incorporate viewpoints of Kurdish & other minority members. (Same course as CTS 146D and HIS 193E.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
MSA 150Women and Islamic Discourses (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): WMS 050; Or comparable course. Introduction to the debates/discourses about women and Islam. Transformations in debates/discourses in colonial and postcolonial periods in the Middle East & South Asia. Comparative study of debates/discourses on family, work, law, sexuality, religion, comportment, human rights, feminist and religious movements. (Same course as WMS 185.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC. Effective: 2008 Fall Quarter.
MSA 151AIranian Society & Culture (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Term Paper; Discussion—1 hour(s). In-depth investigation of modern Iranian society and culture. Exploration of structures of Iranian society: family, gender, religion, minorities, economy, politics, and state. Iran’s role in the globalizing world, and the role of Iranian diasporas. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2013 Spring Quarter.
MSA 180Topics in Middle East and South Asian Studies (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Comparative perspective on the Middle East and South Asia. Topics may include: modernity, religious traditions, colonialism, subalternity and social movements, gender and sexuality, history and memory, science and development, ritual and performance, public culture, diasporas. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s) topic varies. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2004 Fall Quarter.
MSA 181ATopics in Regional ME/SA Studies (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Iran & Persian topics for students specializing in region-specific Middle East and South Asia Studies. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s). (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter.
MSA 181BTopics in Regional ME/SA Studies (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Indian/South Asia topics for students specializing in region-specific Middle East and South Asia Studies. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s). (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
MSA 181CTopics in Regional ME/SA Studies: Arab Studies (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Arab Studies topics. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s) when different topics and themes are studied. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
MSA 182AUndergraduate Proseminar in Middle East/South Asia (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): MSA 100 recommended. Class size limited to 15 students. Seminar in Iran & Persian topics specializing in region-specific Middle East and South Asia studies. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s). (Letter.) Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter.
MSA 182BUndergraduate Proseminar in Middle East/South Asia (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): MSA 100 recommended. Class size limited to 15 students. Seminar in India/South Asia topics specializing in region-specific Middle East and South Asia studies. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s) when different topics and themes are studied. (Letter.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
MSA 182CUndergraduate Proseminar in Middle East/South Asia: Arab Studies Seminar (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): MSA 100 recommended. Class size limited to 15 students. Seminar in Arab Studies topics. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s). (Letter.) GE credit: WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
MSA 192Internship (1-12) Active
Internship—3-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Supervised internship on and off campus in the area of Middle East and South Asia Studies. May be repeated up to 12 Unit(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
MSA 194HSpecial Study for Honors Students (1-5) Active
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Open only to majors of senior standing who qualify for honors program. Independent study of a problem in Middle East/South Asian studies involving the writing of an honors thesis. May be repeated up to 12 Unit(s). (Letter.) Effective: 2009 Winter Quarter.
MSA 198Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
MSA 199Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.