Programs

The Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley offers programs of both undergraduate and graduate instruction and research in the languages and civilizations of South and Southeast Asia from ancient times to the present.  It provides specialized training in the areas of literature, philosophy and religion, as well as general cross-disciplinary studies of the civilizations of South and Southeast Asia.

Instruction includes intensive training in several of the major languages of the area including Bengali, Burmese, Hindi, Khmer, Indonesian (Malay), Pali, Prakrit, Punjabi, Sanskrit (including Buddhist Sanskrit), Filipino (Tagalog), Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

The Department’s various programs are enriched by the resources of the Center for South Asia Studies and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.