Academic Initiatives

Academic initiatives extend the mission of the South Asia Studies Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz, deepen ties with the South Asia community, and promote research and education.


The Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center

This internationally acclaimed Center has the most comprehensive collection of the master director's works outside of India, in film and other media, and is dedicated to preserving this unique cultural heritage for future generations.

Courses and Academic Programs

UCSC offers courses that directly address the history, politics, culture, environment and economics of South Asia. The offerings provide insight into India's past, its present and its future. In addition, a much wider range of classes incorporate a focus on South Asia as a central region within the global context and central to key emerging economic and social dynamics. These academic programs build upon the endowed chairs, research activities and events creating a dynamic cross-disciplinary connection between research, teaching and community engagement.