Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

College of Letters & Science


Welcome to Asian Languages & Cultures

We encourage students to study Asia in a regional and comparative frame while cultivating scholarly capacities in particular aspects of Asian culture, including East, South, and Southeast Asian Studies.  To that end, we offer multiple degree options at the BA, MA, and Ph.D levels, reflecting departmental research strengths that allow students to approach the study of languages and cultures from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. 

  • UW-Madison students and Professor Hongming Zhang at the 2016 Beijing Chinese Speech Contest at Peking University in July, 2016
  • Professor Junko Mori with UW Alumni and student at a WAA Japan Chapter gathering in June, 2016
  • Professor Kuo-P'ing Chou helped create the Department of Chinese and served as its first chair
  • Students in Choua Lee's First Semester Hmong class in October, 2008
  • UW-Madison's Korean Traditional Drumming and Dancing student organization, Ulssu, during the Homecoming Parade in October, 2015
  • Professor John Dunne with his Holiness the Dalai Lama during a meeting of the Mind and Life Institute at Sera monastery (Bylakuppe, India) in December, 2015


  • A recent article in Inside Higher Ed "Language by the Shrinking Numbers," by Colleeen Flaherty shares a new report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. "Language education is dwindling at every level, from K-12 to postsecondary, and a...
  • The Center for South Asia and the South Asia Summer Language Institute is pleased to announce that our project was selected for a UW-Madison Educational Innovations grant of $10,000!  This award will supplement costs associated with designing an...
  • As many of you already know, our Thai instructor of 12 years, Kannikar Elbow, passed away last week after her courageous fight against cancer. Her obituary and the information regarding the Memorial Gathering scheduled tomorrow (Tuesday, November 15...
  • Rania Huntington, professor of Asian Languages and Cultures, tells a traditional Chinese ghost story during a Chinese-style haunted house at the Mosse Humanities Building Friday. The benefit event, hosted by the UW-Madison Chinese Language and...
  • William Nienhauser, Rania Huntington, and Mark Meulenbeld of Asian Languages and Cultures have teamed up with Joseph Dennis and Judd Kinzley of History and Yuhang Li of Art History for this training grant. Interdisciplinarity is essential to...

Upcoming Events

  • 01/18/2017 - 03:30 PM
    FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) fellowships and awards 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 area/international studies competencies.
  • 01/26/2017 - 11:30 AM
    The UW-Madison Office of the Secretary of University Staff will be sponsoring a Chinese New Year celebration: Year of the Rooster.
  • 02/1/2017 - 04:00 PM
    Upcoming Info Session   Topic: Scholarships for Humanities Majors Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 Location: 206 Ingraham Hall Time: 4-5 pm  
  • 02/6/2017 - 04:00 PM
    Come learn about internship opportunities in Asia with advisors from the International Internship Program.
  • 02/9/2017 - 04:00 PM
    Come learn about internship