India Studies Program (ISP)

The India Studies Program, in partnership with the Bishop Appasamy College of Arts and Sciences (BACAS) located in Coimbatore, India, provides students with both immersion in a local community and broad exposure to a variety of peoples, places, and customs in India, including an extensive two-week travel portion of the program to provide students with a close-up look at India’s diversity. Students will participate in two core courses: “Contemporary India: Culture, Society and Challenges” and “India's Religious Landscape” designed to provide a broad overview of the historical, religious, geographical and economic landscape of India. Building on their basic understanding of India’s past and contemporary realities, students will have opportunities to explore a variety of issues — poverty, social justice, rapid social change, religious pluralism — through the eyes and experience of Indian Christians. Rounding out the semester experience, students will also have the opportunity to take courses in their major areas with Indian students and professors. These electives include Indian Literature, Design, Fine Arts, Culinary Culture, and Business. ISP students earn 16 semester hours of credit. For more information, visit

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