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UC Berkeley offers over 40 courses in South Asian studies through 15 departments, most notably the Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies. Established in 1972, the department's courses cover South and Southeast Asian civilizations, languages, literature, and religious studies.
Berkeley's Institute for South Asia Studies, one of only a dozen federally funded "National Resource Centers for South Asia", coordinates with an international draw. The Institute also hosts distinguished visiting scholars who enrich the campus' South Asia conversation and uses outreach, exhibits, lectures, and fundraising to preserve ties with the Bay Area's South Asian communities.
The South/Southeast Asia Library (S/SEAL) serves as the center for Berkeley's South Asia collections, world-class collections that include both materials of western and vernacular languages.
Many South Asia topics are represented with a subject guide, including Afghanistan and the U.S., environmentalism, human rights, labor, nuclear issues in India and Pakistan, social movements, history, and women's studies. Subject guides that serve as individual country overviews can also be found.
Berkeley's South Asia Special Collections are most often the result of generous bequests and gifts from private collectors. Most special collections are housed and distributed by the Main Library and various subject specialty libraries and are accessible through the OskiCat and MELVYL catalogs.