At the heart of the Buddhist studies program is the desire to allow students to inquire into the subject from as many different points of view as possible. Western academic models are systematically used in the core courses, while Buddhist philosophies are tested in the meditation traditions course. Students are encouraged to examine their own cultural and intellectual assumptions as they pursue these studies in a challenging and supportive environment.
Offered through USAC, the Bangalore program offers students the opportunity to study a wide variety of subjects in the humanities, business and information technology while living in one of the most fascinating and interesting regions of India.
India presents an unparalleled diversity of religions, languages, and cultures. Its art, architecture, music, theater, and dance offer a dramatic reflection of the nation's intricate cultural mosaic. This program studies the visual and performing arts of India-its architecture, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, film, dance, music, and drama-in historic and contemporary contexts. Students are challenged to consider the relationship between religion, art, and identity and emerge with an appreciation of India as a center of Asian civilization, rather than a stereotypical nation beset by problems of the developing world.
This program examines the diverse factors, internal and global, that have shaped India's past, present, and future development strategies. Students gain foundational knowledge in topics of study that include: political trends and a pluralist state; caste, class, gender, and religion in India; colonial rule and Gandhi; the economy of New India and global governance; urban and rural challenges; climate change and development; alternative modes of development; as well as agents of change, including government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, corporations, community based organizations, and civil society.