Undergraduate Major Program

Jeffrey Hadler, Chair
(510) 642-8538
hadler [at] berkeley [dot] edu (Jeff Hadler' email)

Jake Dalton, Faculty Adviser
no phone
jakedalton [at] berkeley [dot] edu (Jake Dalton's email)

Elodie Steffen - Student Affairs Officer 
(510) 642-4219
esteffen [at] berkeley [dot] edu (Elodie Steffen's email)

INTRODUCTION

The South and Southeast Asian Studies major is a flexible, interdisciplinary program offering opportunities for both wide and comparative study of South and Southeast Asian cultures.  The mission of the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies is to enable students to learn about the cultures and civilizations of South and Southeast Asia. Our department teaches the following 12 languages:

Hindi 

Sanskrit  

Indonesian                              

Telugu 

Urdu                                            

Tagalog                                   

Khmer                                     

Thai 

Bengali                                         

Tamil                                     

Punjabi                                     

Vietnamese 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS & PREREQUISITES

(44 Units Minimum)

• Lower division/gateway courses - Two courses total from: South Asia 1A, South Asia 1B, Southeast Asia 10A or Southeast Asia 10B

•  Upper division:  At least 26 units for a letter grade that include:

            -- Intermediate/second-year level of any supported language[1]

-- Additional courses from 110 or above that include:

--At least one course from “Religion & History” (listed below)

--At least one course from “Literature” (listed below)

•  Of these required courses:

            --A maximum of one course may be taken P/NP

            --A maximum of two courses from other departments may be counted toward the major (listed below)

Prerequisites to declare the major

• One semester of language work (with a letter grade of B or higher)

• One lower division/gateway course as listed above (with a letter grade of C or higher)



[1] Students with previous language experience will be required to take a placement exam.

 

MINOR

Requirements:  One gateway course from South Asia 1A, South Asia 1B, Southeast Asia 10A or Southeast Asia 10B

 AND five additional letter-graded upper-division courses (20 units) with 2.0 Min GPA

--Only one course from outside the department will be accepted

--No more than two upper division language courses 

 

HONORS PROGRAM

To be eligible for admission to the honors program, a student must attain a 3.5 grade point average or higher in courses completed in the major, and a 3.3 grade-point average in all courses completed in the University. An honors thesis is required, as is registration in SSEAS H195. Students who wish to participate must choose a thesis topic in consultation with their major adviser and apply for admission to the program through the departmental office no later than the first week of spring semester of their senior year.

 

A Partial List of Upper Division Courses in Literature[2]

120  Topics (if topic is appropriate to the study of literature)

124  Modern Indian Literature

128  Introduction to Modern Indonesian and Malaysian Literature in Translation

130  Articulations of the Female in Indonesia

142  India’s Great Epics: The Mahabharata and the Ramayana

C164  The Indonesian Connection: Dutch Literature about the Indies in English Translation

190  Literature of the Philippines and the Filipino Diaspora

 

 A Partial List of Upper Division Courses in Religion & History

C52  Introduction to the Study of Buddhism*

C114  Tibetan Buddhism

120  Topics (if topic is appropriate to the study of religion and/or history)

127  Religion in Early India

C135  Tantric Traditions of Asia

137  Islam and Society in Southeast Asia

140  Hindu Mythology

144  Islam in South Asia

C145  Buddhism in Contemporary Society

146  Mughal India

147  Pakistan

148  Hindu-Muslim Religious Nationalism

C154  Death, Dreams, and Visions in Tibetan Buddhism

 

A Partial List of Approved Courses from Outside Department

Anthropology 114  History of Anthropological Thought

Anthropology 115  Introduction to Medical Anthropology

Anthropology 169  Research Theory and Methods in Social Cultural Anthropology

Anthropology 184  South Asia

Anthropology C186  Southeast Asia: Cultures, States, and Capitalisms in the Pacific Rim

Art History 30  Art of India

Art History 137  Art of Southeast Asia

EALC 115  Contemporary Tibet

EALC C120  Buddhism on the Silk Road

History 100  Vietnam at War

History 111  Topics in the History of Southeast Asia

History 114  Medieval and Modern India

IAS 150 Globalization in India

Music 133D  Music of Centra Java

Poli Sci 145A-B  South Asian Politics

Poli Sci 149E Topics in Area Studies: The Politics of Southeast Asia

Religious Studies 90  Interpreting Religion: The Classic Theories*

Sociology 133  Sociology of Gender

 

*Note: Introduction to Buddhism C52, Religious Studies 90, and any 200-level courses from within the department may be substituted for upper-division courses. Additional courses may be petitioned to the Undergraduate Student Advisor.

 

Point of clarification: courses from outside the department that are cross-listed in our department do count as inside the department. For outside courses not included in the list above, the relevant syllabus must be submitted to the Student Affairs Officer and Undergraduate Student Advisor for approval.

 


[2] Please note that these lists may vary each year depending on the addition of new courses or visitors.