One of the largest programs devoted to South Asia in the US, the center seeks to promote a broader and deeper understanding of this region, its people and their cultures. CSAS programs are supported by over 45 South Asia specialists who teach and pursue research in the university's various departments and professional schools. CSAS coordinates and promotes the area-related teaching and research of faculty holding appointments in many departments and schools, and has thus been instrumental in focusing attention on South Asia within the context of many fields. In the traditional liberal arts disciplines, specialists on South Asia at the University of Michigan are found in anthropology, archeology, art history, economics, history, languages and literatures, linguistics, music, political science, religious studies, and sociology. Among the professional schools and programs, South Asia specialists are present in architecture, business administration, law, natural resources, public policy, population planning, public health, and urban planning.
Traditionally, our faculty associates have also been engaged in a wide range of service activities, including consulting for the US government, foundations, and international agencies; assisting economic development, public health, population planning, and refugee relief programs; collaborating on faculty exchanges with South Asian academic institutions; conducting workshops and institutes for educators in primary and secondary schools; and advising various business communities.