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Effective fall 2014, admission to the Languages and Cultures of Asia (LCA) major has been suspended. 

A new undergraduate program in Asian Languages and Cultures is under development.  The plan includes multiple options, such as Southeast Asian studies, South Asian studies, and East Asian studies as well as a non-region-specific option. ALC aims to launch these new programs in fall 2018.

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) at UW–Madison was established on July 1, 2016 merging the preexisting departments of East Asian Languages and Literature (EALL) and Languages and Cultures of Asia (LCA).

ALC is student-centered and driven by research that is integrated into the classroom. With thematic foci in Asian languages, linguistics and literature, Asian cultural studies, religions of Asia, and critical issues in contemporary Asia, we aim to teach students how to recognize and critically analyze the realities of past and present "Asia" as a region that is crucial to the global flows of people, materials, and ideas through its own rich complexity with deep interconnection across multiple domains. At the same time, within this context of connections across Asia, we also seek to promote deep learning and knowledge of particular languages, time periods, and places, since in order to understand transasian regional and global networks, our students also need to acquire specific cultural and linguistic competencies.

We encourage students to study Asia in a regional and comparative frame while cultivating scholarly capacities in particular aspects of Asian culture.  To that end, we offer multiple degree options at the BA levels, reflecting departmental research strengths that allow students to approach the study of Asian cultures, languages, media, religions, and critical social issues from a variety of perspectives.  We seek to enhance both teaching and research through collaborations within the department and beyond, with particular emphasis on the development of robust connections with scholars at our peer institutions throughout Asia.

A new undergraduate program in Asian Languages and Cultures is under development. The plan includes multiple options, such as Southeast Asian studies, South Asian studies, and East Asian studies as well as a non-region-specific option. ALC aims to launch these new programs in fall 2018.

Contact Rachel Weiss for more information. 

University General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are required to fulfill a minimum set of common university general education requirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aesthetic values, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world. Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, as needed. For additional information, see the university Undergraduate General Education Requirements section of the Guide.

General Education
  • Breadth—Humanities/Literature/Arts: 6 credits
  • Breadth—Natural Science: 4 to 6 credits, consisting of one 4- or 5-credit course with a laboratory component; or two courses providing a total of 6 credits
  • Breadth—Social Studies: 3 credits
  • Communication Part A & Part B *
  • Ethnic Studies *
  • Quantitative Reasoning Part A & Part B *

* The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of any course that fulfills one of the Communication Part A or Part B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A or Part B requirements.

College of Letters & Science Breadth and Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Students pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in the College of Letters & Science must complete all of the requirements below. The College of Letters & Science allows this major to be paired with either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science curriculum. View a comparison of the degree requirements here.

Bachelor of Arts degree requirements

Mathematics Fulfilled with completion of University General Education requirements Quantitative Reasoning a (QR A) and Quantitative Reasoning b (QR B) coursework. Please note that some majors may require students to complete additional math coursework beyond the B.A. mathematics requirement.
Foreign Language
  • Complete the fourth unit of a foreign language; OR
  • Complete the third unit of a foreign language and the second unit of an additional foreign language

Note: A unit is one year of high school work or one semester/term of college work.
L&S Breadth
  • Humanities, 12 credits: 6 of the 12 credits must be in literature
  • Social Sciences, 12 credits
  • Natural Sciences, 12 credits: must include one 3+ credit course in the biological sciences; must include one 3+ credit course in the physical sciences
Liberal Arts and Science Coursework 108 credits
Depth of Intermediate/Advanced work 60 intermediate or advanced credits
Major Declare and complete at least one (1) major
Total Credits 120 credits
UW-Madison Experience 30 credits in residence, overall
30 credits in residence after the 90th credit
Minimum GPAs 2.000 in all coursework at UW–Madison
2.000 in intermediate/advanced coursework at UW–Madison

Non–L&S students pursuing an L&S major

Non–L&S students who have permission from their school/college to pursue an additional major within L&S only need to fulfill the major requirements and do not need to complete the L&S breadth and degree requirements above.

Requirements for the Major

Note: Effective fall 2014, admission to the languages and cultures of Asia (LCA) major has been suspended.  Students should communicate with the undergraduate advisor for Asian languages and cultures for additional assistance.

A new undergraduate program in Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) is under development. The plan includes multiple options, such as Southeast Asian studies, South Asian studies, and East Asian studies, as well as a non-region-specific option. ALC aims to launch these new programs in fall 2018.

Previously the B.A. in languages and cultures of Asia offered two major tracks:

  • Asian languages
  • Asian humanities

Students must fulfill the requirements totaling 30 credits in consultation with the undergraduate advisor.

Select one of the following tracks:30
Asian Languages Track
Asian Humanities Track
Total Credits30

Asian Languages Track

Select one of the following Introductory Courses:
Introduction to Cultures of Asia
Introduction to Literatures of Asia
Select four courses in one LCA-Lang language 1
LCA 600 Capstone Seminar in Asian Humanities3
Select electives in LCA and/or LCA-Lang courses numbered 300 or above to bring credits for the major to 30
Total Credits3
1

All students with prior knowledge of the language are required to undertake an evaluation procedure to place them at the appropriate level. Prior knowledge cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

Asian Humanities Track

Select one of the following Introductory Courses:
Introduction to Cultures of Asia
Introduction to Literatures of Asia
Select one of the following options:
Option 1 - Select two courses from two Field Categories:
Religion
Literature
Culture
Option 2 - Select two courses from two Area Categories:
Central and Southwest Asia
South Asia
Southeast Asia
LCA 600 Capstone Seminar in Asian Humanities3
Select electives in LCA and/or LCA-Lang courses numbered 300 or above to bring credits for the major to 30
Total Credits3

Field Categories

Religion

LCA/​E ASIAN/​RELIG ST  235 Genres of Asian Religious Writing3
LCA/​RELIG ST  274 Religion in South Asia3
LCA 300 Topics in Languages and Cultures of Asia3
LCA/​RELIG ST  367 Jainism: Religion of Non-Violence3
LCA/​AFRICAN/​RELIG ST  370 Islam: Religion and Culture4
LCA/​RELIG ST  421 A Survey of Tibetan Buddhism3
LCA/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  438 Buddhism and Society in Southeast Asian History3-4
LCA/​RELIG ST  444 Introduction to Sufism (Islamic Mysticism)3
LCA/​E ASIAN/​RELIG ST  466 Buddhist Thought3
LCA/​RELIG ST  620 Proseminar: Studies in Religions of Asia3
LCA/​RELIG ST  623 Yoga: Methods and Goals3
LCA/​RELIG ST  624 Meditation in Indian Buddhism and Hinduism3
LCA/​RELIG ST  626 Gods and Goddesses of South Asia3
LCA/​LEGAL ST/​RELIG ST  628 Hindu Law3
LCA/​RELIG ST  650 Proseminar in Buddhist Thought2-3

Literature

LCA/​FOLKLORE  279 Introduction to Turkish Folk Literature3
LCA 300 Topics in Languages and Cultures of Asia3
LCA 311 Modern Indian Literatures3
LCA 314 Literatures of Central Asia3
LCA/​RELIG ST  357 Literatures of Muslim Societies3
LCA 373 Urdu Prose Fiction in India and Pakistan3
LCA/​FOLKLORE  374 Indian Folklore3
LCA 401 Modern Indonesian Literature3
LCA 403 Southeast Asian Literature3
LCA 404 Southeast Asian Literature3
LCA 579 Fiction and Ethnography in Turkey3
LCA 610 Proseminar: Introduction to Turkic Linguistics3
LCA 615 Writing Travels3
LCA 666 Proseminar: Studies in Literatures of Asia3
LCA 671 Structure of Thai3

Culture

LCA/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  205 The Making of the Islamic World: The Middle East, 500-15003-4
LCA/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​POLI SCI/​SOC  244 Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines4
LCA/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​POLI SCI/​SOC  252 The Civilizations of India-Modern Period4
LCA/​HISTORY  265 An Introduction to Central Asia: From the Silk Route to Afghanistan3
LCA 300 Topics in Languages and Cultures of Asia3
LCA 361 Survey of Indonesian Cultures3
LCA/​ART HIST  379 Cities of Asia3
LCA/​RELIG ST  402 Thought of Gandhi3
LCA/​ANTHRO/​LINGUIS  430 Language and Culture3-4
LCA/​HISTORY  450 Making of Modern South Asia3-4
LCA/​HISTORY  457 History of Southeast Asia to 18003-4
LCA/​HISTORY  458 History of Southeast Asia Since 18003-4
LCA/​ANTHRO  462 Anthropology of South Asia3
LCA/​RELIG ST/​SOC  614 Social Structures of Muslim Societies3
LCA/​ART HIST  621 Mapping, Making, and Representing Colonial Spaces3
LCA 630 Proseminar: Studies in Cultures of Asia3
LCA/​RELIG ST/​SOC  634 Social Structure of India3
LCA 640 Proseminar in Central Asian History3
LCA/​POLI SCI  663 South Asia and the Global System: Economy, Security & Culture3-4

Area Categories

Central and Southwest Asia

LCA/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  205 The Making of the Islamic World: The Middle East, 500-15003-4
LCA/​HISTORY  265 An Introduction to Central Asia: From the Silk Route to Afghanistan3
LCA/​FOLKLORE  279 Introduction to Turkish Folk Literature3
LCA 300 Topics in Languages and Cultures of Asia3
LCA 314 Literatures of Central Asia3
LCA/​GEN&WS/​HISTORY  472 Women in Turkish Society3
LCA 579 Fiction and Ethnography in Turkey3
LCA 610 Proseminar: Introduction to Turkic Linguistics3
LCA/​RELIG ST  620 Proseminar: Studies in Religions of Asia3
LCA 630 Proseminar: Studies in Cultures of Asia3
LCA 640 Proseminar in Central Asian History3
LCA 666 Proseminar: Studies in Literatures of Asia3

South Asia

LCA/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​POLI SCI/​SOC  252 The Civilizations of India-Modern Period4
LCA 300 Topics in Languages and Cultures of Asia3
LCA 311 Modern Indian Literatures3
LCA 373 Urdu Prose Fiction in India and Pakistan3
LCA/​FOLKLORE  374 Indian Folklore3
LCA/​RELIG ST  402 Thought of Gandhi3
LCA/​RELIG ST  421 A Survey of Tibetan Buddhism3
LCA/​ART HIST  428 Visual Cultures of South Asia3
LCA/​HISTORY  450 Making of Modern South Asia3-4
LCA/​ANTHRO  462 Anthropology of South Asia3
LCA/​RELIG ST  620 Proseminar: Studies in Religions of Asia3
LCA/​RELIG ST  623 Yoga: Methods and Goals3
LCA/​RELIG ST  624 Meditation in Indian Buddhism and Hinduism3
LCA/​RELIG ST  626 Gods and Goddesses of South Asia3
LCA/​LEGAL ST/​RELIG ST  628 Hindu Law3
LCA 630 Proseminar: Studies in Cultures of Asia3
LCA/​RELIG ST/​SOC  634 Social Structure of India3
LCA/​POLI SCI  663 South Asia and the Global System: Economy, Security & Culture3-4
LCA 666 Proseminar: Studies in Literatures of Asia3

Southeast Asia

LCA/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​POLI SCI/​SOC  244 Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines4
LCA 300 Topics in Languages and Cultures of Asia3
LCA 361 Survey of Indonesian Cultures3
LCA 401 Modern Indonesian Literature3
LCA 403 Southeast Asian Literature3
LCA 404 Southeast Asian Literature3
LCA/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  438 Buddhism and Society in Southeast Asian History3-4
LCA 441 Language and Society in Southeast Asia3
LCA/​HISTORY  457 History of Southeast Asia to 18003-4
LCA/​HISTORY  458 History of Southeast Asia Since 18003-4
LCA/​RELIG ST  620 Proseminar: Studies in Religions of Asia3
LCA 630 Proseminar: Studies in Cultures of Asia3
LCA 666 Proseminar: Studies in Literatures of Asia3
LCA 671 Structure of Thai3

Distinction in the Major

The department will recommend that Distinction in the Major be awarded to any student who completes the major requirements and earns a 3.500 GPA within the LCA major.

All students are required to fulfill the L&S requirement of at least 15 credits of upper-level work in the major completed in residence. LCA courses 300–699 (with the exception of first- and second-semester language courses) count toward this requirement.

Honors in the Major

Students may declare Honors in the Languages and Cultures of Asia Major in consultation with the departmental undergraduate advisor.

Honors in the Languages and Cultures of Asia Major Requirements

To earn a B.A. or B.S. with Honors in the Major in Languages and Cultures of Asia students must satisfy both the requirements for the major (above) and the following additional requirements:

  • Earn a 3.300 overall university GPA
  • Earn a 3.500 for all LCA courses, and all courses accepted in the major
  • Complete an additional 6 credits of intermediate- or advanced-level coursework beyond the major requirements in LCA, bringing the total credits to 36
  • Complete LCA 600 Capstone Seminar in Asian Humanities before or concurrently with the first semester of LCA 681 Senior Honors Thesis
  • Complete a two-semester Senior Honors Thesis in LCA 681 Senior Honors Thesis and LCA 682 Senior Honors Thesis, for a total of 6 credits.

University Degree Requirements

Total Degree To receive a bachelor's degree from UW–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 degree credits. Students should consult with their college or department advisor for information on specific credit requirements.
Residency Degree candidates are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits in residence at UW–Madison. "In residence" means on the UW–Madison campus with an undergraduate degree classification. “In residence” credit also includes UW–Madison courses offered in distance or online formats and credits earned in UW–Madison Study Abroad/Study Away programs.
Quality of Work Undergraduate students must maintain the minimum grade point average specified by the school, college, or academic program to remain in good academic standing. Students whose academic performance drops below these minimum thresholds will be placed on academic probation.
  • Understand the content and cultural context of written texts and audiovisual materials with a large degree of independence, adapting style and speed of comprehension to different texts and purposes, and using appropriate reference sources selectively.
  • Spontaneously exchange ideas about various topics with relative ease.
  • State and support one’s own opinion while acknowledging others’ viewpoints.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of pragmatic, sociolinguistic, and rhetorical features of the target language.
  • Conduct library and/or internet-based research on topics relating to their particular interests and special fields of expertise, collecting and selecting relevant information using English and target language source materials.
  • Synthesize and critically evaluate source materials in both English and the target language.
  • Present (orally or in written language) their experiences and their introspection on these experiences in a coherent and effective manner.
  • Demonstrate cultural awareness across historical epochs.
  • Produce effective academic writing in English.

Undergraduate Advisor

Rachel Weiss
1244 Van Hise Hall
608-890-0138
rweiss@wisc.edu
Schedule an advising appointment

Rachel is the advisor for the undergraduate majors and certificates in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. She is happy to meet with students as they explore the degree options or advance through their four-year plans.


L&S Career Initiative & Career Services

1305 Linden Drive, Suite 205
careers@saa.ls.wisc.edu

The Career Initiative and Career Services have joined together to prepare undergraduates for satisfying and rewarding careers. Check out the L&S Career Initiative website to view progress and hear from notable L&S Alumni via the Vignettes page.


Language & International Directions Advising
Michael Kruse, International Directions Advisor
mkruse@wisc.edu

International Directions Advisor Michael Kruse provides academic and career advising to undergraduate students who are interested in languages and international area studies. Michael is available to meet with students from across campus to help connect them with academic programs and campus resources that fit their interests, as well as to discuss professional opportunities that draw on their language-learning and international experiences.

Faculty

Professors Bühnemann, Dunne, Huang, Huntington, Kern, McGloin, Mori (chair), Nienhauser, Zhang; Associate Professors Cerulli, D'Etcheverry, Geyer, Lim, Meulenbeld, Ridgely; Assistant Professors Yang, Zhu (Diversity Liaison); Faculty Associate Barnard, Nakakubo.

East Asia

Charo D'Etcheverry (Associate Professor). Area: Classical Japanese Literature

Naomi Geyer (Associate Professor). Area: Japanese Language

Nicole Huang (Professor). Area: Transcultural East Asia; 20th century Chinese and Taiwanese Literature

Rania Huntington (Professor). Area: Ming and Qing Narrative and Drama, Chinese Literature of the weird and supernatural

Adam L. Kern (Professor). Area: Popular Literature, Culture, Poetry, Theater, and Visual Culture of early modern-modern Japan.

Byung-jin Lim (Associate Professor) .Area: Korean Language and Linguistics, Second / Foreign Language Acquisition, Korean Language Textbook Development

Naomi McGloin (Professor). Area: Japanese Language and Linguistics

Mark Meulenbeld (Associate Professor). Area: Daoism, Chinese Religion and Literature

Junko Mori (Professor). Area: Japanese Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics

Takako Nakakubo (Faculty Associate). Area: Second Language Acquisition of Japanese, Japanese Pedagogy

William Nienhauser (Professor). Area: Early Traditional Chinese Fiction and History; early poetry (Du Fu and Tao Qian)

Steve Ridgely (Associate Professor). Area: Modern Japanese Literature, Pop culture, TransAsian studies

Bei Yang (Assistant Professor). Area: Second Language Acquisition, Chinese Languages and Linguistics

Hongming Zhang (Professor). Area: Chinese Linguistics; History of Chinese Language; Teaching Chinese as a Second Language

Weihua Zhu (Assistant Professor). Area: Chinese Language, Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition

South Asia

Gudrun Bühnemann (Professor). Area: Sanskrit Language and Literature; Buddhism in India and Nepal; Hinduism; Tantrism; Yoga Studies

Anthony Cerulli (Associate Professor). Area: Theory and Method in the Study of Religion in South Asia; History of Medicine in India; Sanskrit Language and Literature; Kerala History and Culture; Malayalam Language.

John D. Dunne (Professor). Area: Buddhist Philosophy and Contemplative Practice; Religious Studies; Cognitive Science of Religion

Southeast asia

Erlin Barnard (Faculty Associate) Area: Indonesian Language, Language Pedagogy; Materials Development; Second Language Acquisition

Language instructors

Language instructors are an integral part of our department, teaching more than 14 languages during the academic year from East (Chinese, Japanese, Korean), South (Hindi, Persian, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Urdu), Southeast (Burmese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese) Asian Languages.

undergraduate advisor

Undergraduate Advisor:
email Rachel Weiss
1244 Van Hise Hall
608-890-0138

staff

Department Administrator:
email Terry Nealon
1210 Van Hise Hall
608-262-0689

email the Graduate Coordinator
1212 Van Hise Hall
608-262-2291