The main objective of the Bachelor's degree in South Asian Studies in the two-subject model is to impart in-depth knowledge of current developments in South Asia. It is particularly important to fully penetrate this 'other' region and its current developments in society, culture, politics, religion and economy without pre-prepared thought templates. This is intended to avoid both a fixation on working out supposed similarities and differences and the exclusive use of case studies from South Asia to confirm European-North American theories: the 'foreign' should be taken seriously as 'foreign' and made understandable.

In addition to philological and sociological issues and methods, learning at least one language relevant to the research region (in the case of Bonn South Asian Studies, Bengali or Hindi) plays a central role in not only communicating locally, if necessary, but also, above all, in dealing with local socio-political issues To be able to follow discourses. In addition to the South Asian Studies course content, the students acquire intercultural competence and the ability to work on questions in general, also outside of South Asian Studies, scientifically, methodically and critically and reflexively

This subject must be combined with another subject:

Entry requirements 

HZB (e.g. Abitur)

German language skills

Career Prospects

Intercultural communication, intercultural management, international development cooperation / peace and conflict research, international educational work (adult education, language courses, etc.), politics (policy advice), culture (protection / maintenance / management of global cultural assets, cultural institutions / management, museums, etc.), tourism (Long-distance / educational / cultural tourism), journalism, science (teaching / research at universities, research institutions, etc.)

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