The 21st century has been called the “Asian Century.” Indeed, many of the world's most pressing issues cannot be understood without a grasp of the histories, cultures, and languages of Asia. Asia is home to over half of the world's population. China, Japan, and India are three of the world’s top economies. For decades Asian countries have been leaders in global manufacturing, and Asian universities are renowned centers for literary studies and scientific innovation. Fifty percent of the declared nuclear-weapon states are also in the region. Simply put, Asia matters a great deal.

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures offers a wide variety of courses on East, South, and Southeast Asia taught by faculty who are specialists in their regions and disciplines. Whether you are taking your first step toward learning about Asia or you bring some background experience, an ALC major will expand your ability to think and work across cultural and linguistic boundaries. Majors who opt the ALC major study Asia in a robustly transnational and transhistorical perspective, working with faculty across the department. Alternatively, majors may choose to take a more focused course of study by choosing one of our named options in East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, thereby electing to work more closely with the professors who specialize in these specific regions.  

East Asia
The East Asian Studies named option offers a multidisciplinary range of courses that explore the diverse and vibrant cultures, arts, histories, political systems, and literatures of China, Japan, Korea and Tibet. Students in the East Asian option can study Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Tibetan language and linguistics; and explore Chinese ghost stories and classical Chinese literature or poetry; Korean cinema and pop culture; classical Japanese fiction; early modern comedic narratives, manga, anime and counterculture. ALC faculty and instructors offering courses in this option include: C. D’Etcheverry, A. Detwyler, N. Geyer, R. Huntington, A. Kern, H. Kim, B. Lim, J. Mori, T. Nakakubo, B. Nienhauser, S. Ridgely, H. Zhang, W. Zhu.

South Asia
The South Asian Studies named option offers a multidisciplinary range of courses that explore the diverse and vibrant cultures, arts, histories, political systems, and literatures of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet. Students in the South Asian option can study Hindi, Persian, Sanskrit, Tibetan, or Urdu language; and probe the roots of Yoga; methods of Buddhist philosophy and meditation; South Asian religion and politics in the past and present of the Indian subcontinent; and medical history in South Asia. ALC faculty and instructors offering courses in this option include: F. Asif, G. Bühnemann, S. Beckham, A. Cerulli, S. Farsiu, J. Dunne, J. Khedup, N. Tiwari.

Southeast Asia
The Southest Asian Studies named option offers a multidisciplinary range of courses that explore the diverse and vibrant cultures, arts, histories, political systems, and literatures of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. Students in the Southeast Asian option can study Burmese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai and Vietnamese language; and probe Human rights in Thailand; explore literature of the region; and history and politics in Southeast Asia. ALC faculty and instructors offering courses in this option include: E. Barnard, T. Haberkorn, C. Lee, J. Surasin, S. Suryani, H. Dinh, S. Zamar.

To take advantage of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures’ many relationships with other departments and program units across campus, students may choose to double major or enhance their studies in ALC with one of the certificates offered at the university, such as the global health certificate, the certificate in health and the humanities, or those offered by the area studies centers: Center for East Asian Studies; Center for South Asia; and Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

This major is interdisciplinary and offers a wealth of options. Careful planning and consultation with the ALC advisor, is especially important.



Students who who have prior experience in a language must take a placement test before enrolling in a language course beyond the first-semester level. For information about the placement test and test dates, please visit the department website

To declare the major, students must meet with the undergraduate advisor to review the requirements and discuss course options.

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.  Please note that the following special degree programs are not considered majors so are not available to non–L&S degree-seeking candidates:  

  • Applied Mathematics, Engineering and Physics (Bachelor of Science–Applied Mathematics, Engineering and Physics)
  • Journalism (Bachelor of Arts–Journalism; Bachelor of Science–Journalism)
  • Music (Bachelor of Music)
  • Social Work (Bachelor of Social Work)

Requirements for the Major

Students must take 30 credits as follows: 2

Introductory Course

ASIAN 100 Gateway to Asia: Special Topics 13-4
or ASIAN 300 Topics in Asian Studies

Intermediate Language Coursework (8 credits. Select one pair of courses)2

East Asian languages
Third Semester Chinese
and Fourth Semester Chinese
Third Semester Japanese
and Fourth Semester Japanese
Third Semester Korean
and Fourth Semester Korean
Third Semester Modern Tibetan
and Fourth Semester Modern Tibetan
South Asian languages
Third Semester Hindi
and Fourth Semester Hindi
Third Semester Persian
and Fourth Semester Persian
Third Semester Modern Tibetan
and Fourth Semester Modern Tibetan
Third Semester Urdu
and Fourth Semester Urdu
Third Semester Sanskrit
and Fourth Semester Sanskrit
Southeast Asian languages
Third Semester Burmese
and Fourth Semester Burmese
Third Semester Thai
and Fourth Semester Thai
Third Semester Filipino
and Fourth Semester Filipino
Third Semester Hmong
and Fourth Semester Hmong
Third Semester Indonesian
and Fourth Semester Indonesian
Third Semester Khmer
and Fourth Semester Khmer
Third Semester Vietnamese
and Fourth Semester Vietnamese

Major Breadth


Complete three courses from:
ASIAN 203 Lost in Translation: Western Experience in Asia3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  206 The Qur'an: Religious Scripture & Literature3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  218 Health and Healing in South Asia3-4
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  236 Asia Enchanted: Ghosts, Gods, and Monsters3
ASIAN 253 Japanese Popular Culture3
ASIAN/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  267 Asian Religions in Global Perspective3-4
ASIAN 268 Tibetan Cultures and Traditions3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  274 Religion in South Asia3
ASIAN 299 Directed Study1-3
ASIAN 300 Topics in Asian Studies 23
ASIAN 311 Modern Indian Literatures3
ASIAN 351 Survey of Classical Chinese Literature3
ASIAN 352 Survey of Modern Chinese Literature3
ASIAN 353 Lovers, Warriors and Monks: Survey of Japanese Literature3
ASIAN 354 Early Modern Japanese Literature3
ASIAN 355 Modern Japanese Literature3
ASIAN 358 Language in Japanese Society3
ASIAN 361 Love and Politics: The Tale of Genji3
ASIAN 367 Haiku3
ASIAN/​AFRICAN/​RELIG ST  370 Islam: Religion and Culture3-4
ASIAN 371 Topics in Chinese Literature2-3
ASIAN 372 Topics in Chinese: Study Abroad1-6
ASIAN 373 Topics in Japanese: Study Abroad1-6
ASIAN 375 Survey of Chinese Film3
ASIAN 376 A Survey of Tibetan Buddhism3
ASIAN 378 Anime3
ASIAN/​ART HIST  379 Cities of Asia3
ASIAN 403 Southeast Asian Literature3
ASIAN/​ART HIST  428 Visual Cultures of India3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  430 Indian Traditions in the Modern Age3
ASIAN 431 Chinese Linguistics I3
ASIAN 432 Chinese Linguistics II3
ASIAN 433 Topics in East Asian Visual Cultures3
ASIAN 434 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  444 Introduction to Sufism (Islamic Mysticism)3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  460 The History of Yoga3
ASIAN/​HISTORY  463 Gods and Goddesses of South Asia3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  466 Buddhist Thought3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  473 Meditation in Indian Buddhism and Hinduism3
ASIAN/​ENGL  478 Indian Writers Abroad: Literature, Diaspora and Globalization3
ASIALANG 311 First Semester Classical Chinese3
ASIALANG 312 Second Semester Classical Chinese3
ASIALANG 313 Classical Japanese3
ASIALANG 315 First Semester Classical Chinese for Chinese Speakers3
ASIALANG 316 Second Semester Classical Chinese for Chinese Speakers3
ASIALANG 475 Advanced Topics in Asian Translation3
ANTHRO 358 Anthropology of China3
ART HIST 203 Survey of Asian Art3-4
ART HIST 305 History of Islamic Art and Architecture3
ART HIST 307 Early Chinese Art: From Antiquity to the Tenth Century3
ART HIST 308 Later Chinese Art: From the Tenth Century to the Present3
ART HIST 371 Chinese Painting3-4
ART HIST 372 Arts of Japan3-4
ART HIST/​RELIG ST  373 Great Cities of Islam3
ART HIST 375 Later Japanese Painting and Woodblock Prints3-4
ART HIST 411 Topics in Asian Art3-4
ART HIST 475 Japanese Ceramics and Allied Arts3
ART HIST/​RELIG ST  478 Art and Religious Practice in Medieval Japan (Asian Studies Topic required)3
COM ARTS 310 Topics in Rhetoric and Communication Science (Asian Studies Topic required)3
COM ARTS 470 Contemporary Political Discourse (Asian Studies Topic required)3
DANCE/​FOLKLORE/​THEATRE  321 Javanese Performance2
DANCE/​FOLKLORE/​THEATRE  421 Javanese Performance Repertory2
ENVIR ST/​HIST SCI/​RELIG ST  356 Islam, Science & Technology, and the Environment3-4
FOLKLORE/​GEN&WS  467 Women and Politics in Popular Culture and Folklore (Asian Studies Topic required)3
LITTRANS 211 Modern Indian Literatures in Traslation3
LITTRANS 262 Survey of Chinese Literature in Translation3
or ASIAN 352 Survey of Modern Chinese Literature
LITTRANS 261 Survey of Chinese Literature in Translation3
LITTRANS 263 Survey of Japanese Literature in Translation3
LITTRANS 264 Survey of Japanese Literature in Translation3
or ASIAN 353 Lovers, Warriors and Monks: Survey of Japanese Literature
LITTRANS 368 Modern Japanese Fiction3
LITTRANS 372 Classical Japanese Prose in Translation3
LITTRANS 373 Topics in Japanese Literature3
LITTRANS 374 Topics in Korean Literature3
RELIG ST 400 Topics in Religious Studies - Humanities (Asian Studies Topic required)3-4

Social Science

Complete three courses from:
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  103 Introduction to East Asian History: China3-4
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  104 Introduction to East Asian History: Japan3-4
ASIAN/​HISTORY  108 Introduction to East Asian History - Korea3-4
ASIAN/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​POLI SCI/​SOC  244 Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines4
ASIAN/​ASIAN AM/​HISTORY  246 Southeast Asian Refugees of the "Cold" War4
ASIAN 252 Contemporary Indian Society4
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY/​POLI SCI  255 Introduction to East Asian Civilizations3-4
ASIAN/​ASIAN AM/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  276 Chinese Migrations since 15003-4
ASIAN/​KINES  277 Kendo: Integration of Martial Arts and Liberal Arts2
ASIAN/​E A STDS  301 Social Studies Topics in East Asian Studies1-3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  306 Hinduism3-4
ASIAN/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  308 Introduction to Buddhism3-4
ASIAN/​HISTORY  319 The Vietnam Wars3-4
ASIAN/​HISTORY  335 The Koreas: Korean War to the 21st Century3-4
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  341 History of Modern China, 1800-19493-4
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  342 History of the Peoples Republic of China, 1949 to the Present3-4
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  363 China and World War II in Asia3-4
ASIAN/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  438 Buddhism and Society in Southeast Asian History3-4
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  454 Samurai: History and Image3-4
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  456 Pearl Harbor & Hiroshima: Japan, the US & The Crisis in Asia3-4
ASIAN/​HISTORY  458 History of Southeast Asia Since 18003-4
ASIAN/​HISTORY  463 Gods and Goddesses of South Asia3
A A E/​ECON  473 Economic Growth and Development in Southeast Asia3
ANTHRO 310 Topics in Archaeology (Asian Studies Topic required)3
ANTHRO 330 Topics in Ethnology (Asian Studies Topic required)3-4
ANTHRO 350 Political Anthropology (Asian Studies Topic required)3-4
ANTHRO 352 Ancient Technology and Invention (Asian Studies Topic required)3
ANTHRO 357 Introduction to the Anthropology of Japan3-4
ANTHRO 358 Anthropology of China3
GEOG 340 World Regions in Global Context3
GEOG 358 Human Geography of Southeast Asia3
GEOG 475 Topics in Geography (Asian Studies Topic required)1-4
HISTORY 142 History of South Asia to the Present3-4
HISTORY 200 Historical Studies (Asian Studies Topic required)3-4
HISTORY 201 The Historian's Craft (Asian Studies Topic required)3-4
HISTORY/​GNS  265 An Introduction to Central Asia: From the Silk Route to Afghanistan3
HISTORY 336 Chinese Economic and Business History: From Silk to iPhones3-4
HISTORY/​ASIAN/​E A STDS  337 Social and Intellectual History of China, 589 AD-19193-4
HISTORY 340 Cultural History of Korea3-4
HISTORY/​ASIAN/​E A STDS  341 History of Modern China, 1800-19493-4
HISTORY 457 History of Southeast Asia to 18003-4
HISTORY/​ASIAN  458 History of Southeast Asia Since 18003-4
HISTORY/​ASIAN  463 Topics in South Asian History3
POP HLTH 640 Foundations in Global Health Practice1
POP HLTH 644 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health and Disease1
POP HLTH 645 Global Health Field Course1-6
POLI SCI 322 Politics of Southeast Asia3-4
POLI SCI 323 Islam and World Politics3-4
POLI SCI 324 Political Power in Contemporary China3-4
POLI SCI/​ASIAN  326 Politics of South Asia3-4
POLI SCI/​INTL ST  327 Indian Politics in Comparative Perspective3
POLI SCI 328 Politics of East and Southeast Asia3-4
POLI SCI 346 China in World Politics3-4
SOC 225 Contemporary Chinese Society3


Complete one course:
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  505 The Perfectible Body in Religions, Medicines, and Politics3
ASIAN 563 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature3
ASIAN 571 Readings in Classical Chinese Literature1-3
ASIAN 573 Readings in Classical Japanese Literature3
ASIAN 600 Capstone Seminar in Asian Humanities3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  620 Proseminar: Studies in Religions of Asia3
ASIAN/​ART HIST  621 Mapping, Making, and Representing Colonial Spaces3
ASIAN 630 Proseminar: Studies in Cultures of Asia3
ASIAN 631 History of the Chinese Language3
ASIAN 641 History of Chinese Literature3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  650 Proseminar in Buddhist Thought2-3
ASIAN 671 Literary Studies in Chinese Drama3
ASIAN 672 Studies in Chinese Fiction3
ASIAN 681 Senior Honors Thesis3
ASIAN 682 Senior Honors Thesis3
ASIAN 691 Senior Thesis3
ASIAN 692 Senior Thesis3
ASIAN 698 Directed Study2-3
ASIAN 699 Directed Study2-3
ASIALANG 373 Advanced Readings in Japanese I3
ASIALANG 374 Advanced Readings in Chinese I3
ASIALANG 376 Japanese Conversation3
ASIALANG/​E P D  377 Business Japanese Communication3
ASIALANG 378 Chinese Conversation3
ASIALANG 379 Business Chinese3
ASIALANG 401 Seventh Semester Chinese3
ASIALANG 402 Eighth Semester Chinese3
ASIALANG 403 Seventh Semester Japanese3
ASIALANG 404 Eighth Semester Japanese3
ASIALANG 405 Seventh Semester Korean3
ASIALANG 406 Eighth Semester Korean3
ASIALANG 421 Seventh Semester Asian Language3-4
ASIALANG 422 Eighth Semester Asian Language3-4
ASIALANG 450 Advanced Readings in Japanese II3
ASIALANG 452 Advanced Japanese through Audio-Visual Media3
ASIALANG 453 Advanced Readings in Chinese II3
ASIALANG 454 Advanced Chinese through Media3
ASIALANG 475 Advanced Topics in Asian Translation3
ASIALANG 501 Fifth-year Chinese3
ASIALANG 507 Fifth Semester Southeast Asian Language4
COM ARTS 610 Special Topics in Rhetoric and Public Address (Asian Studies Topic required)3
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  557 Development and Environment in Southeast Asia3
HISTORY 500 Reading Seminar in History (Asian Studies Topic required)3
HISTORY 600 Advanced Seminar in History (Asian Studies Topic required)3

Named Options

Residency and Quality of Work

  • 2.000 GPA in all ASIAN, ASIALANG, and approved courses for the major
  • 2.000 GPA in 15 upper level major credits, taken in residence 3
  • 15 credits in the major, taken in residence

Honors in the major

Honors in the Major is not currently available for this major.  

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.
  1. Broad regional grounding: Understand the variation within and similarities across Asia with reference to historical and contemporary cultural connections (people, societies, languages, literatures, religions, and cultural genres).
  2. Multidisciplinarity: Become familiar and proficient with multiple perspectives scholars use to study Asia and use them as resources in their own self-reflective thinking.
  3. Depth of knowledge: Employ relevant theoretical and methodological approaches to arrive at informed understandings of key issues involving the environment, human rights, cultural practices, structures of power, etc. based on an understanding of the
  4. Analytical skills: Critically examine taken-for-granted notions and stereotypes and to inquire into the process of their construction. They will also be able to read, analyze and explain the significance of Asian texts and artifacts (literary, cultural, historical, and popular culture).
  5. Language and cultural competence: Manage basic everyday communication needs in at least one Asian language; understand the relationship between language and culture; and understand how to study aa new language and culture and how to advance their proficiency as life-long learners.\\n
First Year
Communication A3Quantitative Reasoning A3-4
Foreign Language4Biological Science Breadth3
ASIAN 100 or 300 (Required Introductory Course)3-4Ethnic Studies4
Major Breadth: Humanities3-4Foreign Language Course4
 15 15
Second Year
Quantitative Reasoning B3Natural Science Breadth3
Physical Science Breadth3Communication B3-4
Intermediate Language Course4Intermediate Language Course4
Major Breadth: Humanities3-4Major Breadth: Social Science3-4
INTER-LS 2101 
 15 15
Third Year
Literature Breadth3Literature Breadth3
Natural Science Breadth3Major Breadth: Social Science Course3-4
Social Science Breadth4ASIAN 699 (Optional)3
 15 15
Fourth Year
Major Breadth: Social Science Course3-4Capstone Course (Major Requirement)3-4
ASIAN 681 or 691 (Optional)3ASIAN 682 or 692 (Optional)3
 15 15
Total Credits 120

Undergraduate Advisor

Rachel Weiss
1244 Van Hise Hall
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.



The Language Institute provides academic and career advising to undergraduate students interested in languages and international area studies. The International Directions advisor provides academic and career advising to undergraduate students who are interested in languages and international area studies. Learn more.

L&S career resources

SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science helps students leverage the academic skills learned in their major, certificates, and liberal arts degree; explore and try out different career paths; participate in internships; prepare for the job search and/or graduate school applications; and network with professionals in the field (alumni and employers). In short, SuccessWorks helps students in the College of Letters & Science discover themselves, find opportunities, and develop the skills they need for success after graduation.

SuccessWorks can also assist students in career advising, résumé and cover letter writing, networking opportunities, and interview skills, as well as course offerings for undergraduates to begin their career exploration early in their undergraduate career. 

Students should set up their profiles in Handshake to take care of everything they need to explore career events, manage their campus interviews, and apply to jobs and internships from 200,000+ employers around the country.


Asian Languages and Cultures is home to nearly twenty faculty whose research and teaching specialities range from traditional medicine in India, the Hinduist roots of yoga, or diversifying contemporary mindfulness practice with insights from Tibetan Buddhism, to human rights in Thailand—from Chinese ghost stories, traditional poetics and philology, to sociolinguistics and discourse analysis of the Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian languages—and from analysis of classical Japanese tale fiction, early modern comedic narratives, manga, anime, and Japanese counterculture. Visit our faculty pages for more information on areas of expertise, current research, teaching and publications.

Erlin Barnard
Faculty Associate
Fields of Study: Language Pedagogy; Materials Development; Second Language Acquisition

Gudrun Bühnemann
Fields of Study: Sanskrit language and literature; Buddhism in India and Nepal; Hinduism; Tantrism and Yoga Studies

Anthony Cerulli
Associate Professor       
Fields of Study: Hinduism; Religion in South Asia; Medical Humanities; History of Medicine in India; Sanskrit Language and Literature; Kerala History and Culture

Charo D'Etcheverry
Associate Professor       
Fields of Study: Classical Japanese literature (especially court fiction & its reception and early kabuki)

Anatoly Detwyler
Assistant Professor
Fields of Study: Modern Chinese literature and history, comparative new media, information studies

John D. Dunne
Fields of Study: Buddhist philosophy and contemplative practice; Religious Studies; Cognitive Science of Religion; Contemplative Science

Naomi Geyer
Associate Professor       
Fields of Study: Japanese Language, Language Pedagogy, Pragmatics

Tyrell Haberkorn
Associate Professor       
Fields of Study: Violence, Human Rights, Sovereignty, Arbitrary Detention, Land Rights, Agrarian Struggle, Historiographies of Repression, Gender Studies, Socialism, Dissident Literature, Southeast Asia (Thailand). 

Rania Huntington
Fields of Study: Ming and Qing narrative and drama, literature of the weird and supernatural, memory in literature, depiction of women in literature

Adam L. Kern
Fields of Study: The popular literature, culture, poetry, theater, and visual culture of early modern unto modern Japan (1600-1900). Transcultural comics in Japan (manga, kibyôshi, etc) and beyond.

Hieyoon Kim
Assistant Professor
Fields of Study: Cinema; Media activism; Cultural Studies; History of Modern and Contemporary Korea

Byung-jin Lim
Associate Professor       
Fields of Study: Korean Language and Linguistics, Second/Foreign Language Acquisition, Computer-Mediated Communication, Korean Language Textbook Development

Junko Mori
Fields of Study: Japanese Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Conversation Analysis, Sociolinguistics

Takako Nakakubo
Faculty Associate           
Fields of Study: Second Language Acquisition of Japanese, Japanese Pedagogy, Learning Strategies

William Nienhauser
Fields of Study: Early traditional fiction and history; early poetry (especially Du Fu and Tao Qian)

Steve Ridgely
Associate Professor       
Fields of Study: Modern Japanese literature, Cultural Theory, Transasian Studies

Hongming Zhang
Fields of Study: Chinese linguistics; syntax-phonology interface; prosodic phonology; poetic prosody; history of Chinese language; teaching Chinese as a second language

Weihua Zhu
Assistant Professor       
Fields of Study: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition


Students in the ALC department academic programs are encouraged to become engaged in undergraduate research. There are numerous programs that provide research opportunities for undergraduates at UW–Madison including:


Each summer around 200 undergraduate students, graduate students, professionals, and others come to UW-Madison to study a language at the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI).  WISLI is host to five summer language institutes which offer high-quality courses in 30 less commonly taught languages:

Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute (APTLII)
Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI)
South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI)
Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)


The University of Wisconsin–Madison is ranked #2 for semester-long study abroad participation among all U.S. institutions, and #16 among all U.S. universities and colleges for total students studying abroad, according to the 2018 Open Doors Report. There are nearly 60 study abroad opportunities across Asia. Approved UW programs will allow students to receive residents credit while abroad. With pre-planning students may also fulfill major requirements on academic programs abroad, however careful planning and discussion with your advisor are key. For more information about programs, application process and fees, visit: International Academic Programs.

Students may also gain career and professional experience, through various internship opportunities abroad. To review opportunities, application process and fees, visit: International Internship Programs.


Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
Center for East Asian Studies FLAS Coordinator: Laurie Dennis,, 325 Ingraham Hall
Center for South Asian FLAS Coordinator: Lalita du Perron,, 203 Ingraham
Center for Southeast Asian Studies FLAS Coordinator: Michael Cullinane,, 207 Ingraham

FLAS fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the UW's National Resource Centers to assist students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies. FLAS awards are only available for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding. Please direct any questions to the FLAS Coordinator of your chosen language.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applications by students in professional fields are encouraged. Preference will be given to applicants with a high level of academic ability and with previous language training. Academic Year and Summer FLAS awards are two separate competitions requiring two separate and complete applications.

This is the primary campus wide portal for applicants, current students, and everyone looking for scholarship opportunities on campus.

Undergraduate Academic Awards Office
We help UW–Madison undergraduates and recent graduates pursue nationally competitive scholarships and campus-wide awards for research, service and leadership—activities at the heart of the Wisconsin Experience. We can help you:

  • Find scholarship opportunities that match your goals and interests
  • Navigate the scholarship application process
  • Review scholarship essays
  • Prepare for national scholarship interviews

Contact us to schedule an appointment​ to discuss which opportunities are right for you.


Boren Scholarships 
Campus Representative: Undergraduates with questions should contact Matt Geisler, Associate Director of International Academic Programs

These scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. (Full list of preferred countries) Additionally, all programs must include formal study of an appropriate foreign language. (Full list of preferred languages). Undergraduates with questions about the Boren Scholarship should contact Matt Geisler, Associate Director of International Academic Programs. 

Critical Language Scholarship Program
Campus Representative: Mark Lilleleht, Assistant Director for Awards, at

The CLS program is part of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas intensive language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The fourteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

Gilman Scholarship Program
Campus Representative: Andy Quackenbush, Advisor, International Academic Programs

The Gilman Scholarship Program is an undergraduate grant program for U.S. citizens of limited financial means to enable them to study abroad, thereby internationalizing their outlook and better preparing them to assume significant roles in the increasingly global economy.