Graduate Program


Paula Varsano, Chair

Paula Varsano’s email

Sylvia Tiwon, Head Graduate Advisor, Faculty Advisor for GSI Affairs

Sylvia Tiwon’s email,

About the Faculty Advisor for GSI Affairs

Guide to Graduate Division Policy

Kristen Brooks, Student Affairs Officer 

Kristen Brooks’ email


The Joint M.A./Ph.D. Program

This program offers emphases in the following languages and literatures: Burmese, Thai, Hindi, Urdu, Indonesian, Sanskrit, Tamil, Tibetan, and Khmer. Literature is understood in the widest sense to include not only creative writing and cultural expression in the various genres but also sources concerning religion, philosophy, history, and the fine and performing arts. The analysis of cultural expression is also understood to include attention to social, anthropological, economic, and political contexts.

The M.A. Program

This program is offered for students seeking a terminal M.A. degree or students with limited backgrounds who are preparing for more advanced work.  Emphases in the program include the languages and literatures of Hindi, Khmer, Indonesian, Sanskrit, Tamil, Tibetan, and Urdu.