Religions of India


May 14 - June 1, 2016

The Program

For millennia the religions of India, being both diverse and creative, have contributed to a rich cultural tapestry.  This course explores some of this richness primarily in the Ganges River basin in eastern India.  We experience Indian cultural achievements in Hardwar, Leh, Agra’s Taj Mahal, and Delhi. Many visits to local, national, and World Heritage sites sacred to Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, and Christians complement course readings, lectures, a test, and an independent study project.

Visit the Religions in India Photo Gallery

Academic Credit and Course Registration

USM students need to register themselves as soon as summer registration is available. Your personalized course registration code will be sent to you via email. Non-USM students will be registered by your program coordinator as soon as summer registration becomes available. Click here for more information on course registration.


Religion 499CA (4 hrs)/599CA (4 hrs)


Minimum program eligibility requirements include the completion of at least 28 semester hours with an overall 2.0 GPA  for undergraduates (or consent of program director) and graduate standing for graduate students. All students must be in clear academic standing. Students must also satisfy any additional prerequisites described under the individual course listings. Final authority over enrollment rests with the Director of International Programs and the Religions of India Director.


$5,250 undergraduates | $5,450 graduates

Cost includes tuition and fees, flight, housing, mandatory travel insurance, and on-site program transportation.

Financial Aid

The Religions of India Program qualifies for financial aid in the form of guaranteed student loans, Pell Grants, or applicable graduate assistantships.  Southern Miss students requiring financial aid should contact the Office of International Programs.

Application and Payment Deadliness

Completed online application, with $250 deposit, are due by March 4, 2016. Program deposits should be paid to the Office of International Programs. Balance of fees, less deposit, or appropriate proof of financial aid is due by March 18, 2016. The balance of fees should be paid directly to the USM Business Office. Click here for more details on the payment process. Apply now, as the program will cap at 10. After this, applicants will be put on a waiting list.

Program Cancellation

Except in cases of academic ineligibility or course cancellation, program deposits are non-refundable. Once you have applied to a particular program, paid your deposit, and been accepted to participate, the Office of International Programs will begin paying fees on your behalf. If you cancel your participation on a program after fees have been paid out on your behalf, those fees will be billed to your student account.  If you must cancel, log in to your program application and withdraw. In addition, send written notice to The Office of International Programs.

Program Director Information

Dr. Daniel Capper, Director
Phone: 601.266.4518

Program Coordinator

Celine Ingram
Office of International Program
Make an appointment with Celine