About India Studies

Mission Statement

The India Studies Program at the University of Connecticut endeavors to increase knowledge about India by creating new courses and integrating existing courses on India to constitute an India Studies Minor, as well as sponsoring co-curricular programs and events.


  • India is home to the major religions of the world
India has an ancient culture and an enormous body of literature that goes back 3000 years. Four major religions originated in India – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism; and it has the world’s second largest population of Muslims.

The largest democracy in the world and the second most populous country, India has a patchwork of ethnicities and eighteen official languages, with thirty-five languages spoken by at least one million people. How such a large and diverse country can hold together, and even more remarkably, through democratic institutions, is an intellectual puzzle in itself.

India today is an industrializing country but already the world’s fourth largest economy and an emerging software superpower. India provides an excellent case study for all the global issues that confront the contemporary world.

India Studies Minor

Administered by the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the minor is an interdisciplinary program, which draws on various departments including History, Fine Arts, Literatures, Cultures & Languages, English, Philosophy, Political Science, Economics, and Sociology to offer courses.

Study Abroad / Office of Global Affairs

India Studies at UConn also encourages scholarly research by faculty and students; sponsors lectures, performances and films; brings visiting faculty to campus; and works to establish linkages with universities in India for Study Abroad and for faculty exchange and research through the Office of Global Affairs.