The world region known generally as South Asia has approximately 1.7 billion residents. It is home to one of every four human beings on earth. The University of South Carolina, however, has no courses in the Academic Bulletin covering the history of this region. One course, HIST 103: Introduction to South Asian History, has been approved for Fall 2016. The History Department proposes another course, HIST 367: Gandhi and the Nationalist Movement in India, to deepen its course offerings in this growing area of study and to provide students greater opportunities to explore diverse ethnic, racial, religious, political, and economic histories. This course would continue the History Department’s recent expansion of courses in non-western history. It would offer students the chance to explore the life of one of the most important and most recognizable figures of the past 150 years—Mohandas K. Gandhi—and the long Indian nationalist movement and the struggle for independence. This course would examine the genesis of modern Indian political and social thought, paying particular attention to how Indian leaders crafted critiques of colonial rule. It would explore how Gandhi transformed the emerging nationalist movement and, simultaneously, influenced other causes around the world, such as the civil rights movement in the United States The department recently hired a full-time faculty member in South Asian history who has taught this proposed course as a special topics course. The department would expect to offer HIST 367 on a regular basis to address student demand and curricular needs.