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


Upcoming Events

  • 09/26/2017 - 09:00 AM
    9:00-10:30 am ALC faculty, staff, and graduate student reps are invited to attend the first Department Committee (DC) Meeting.
  • 10/2/2017 - 12:00 PM
    ALC Graduate students are invited to join the DSG for an informal gathering over the Noon hour.
  • 10/10/2017 - 03:30 PM
    Students interested in learning more about study abroad opportunities in Japan are encouraged to attend this info session led by Andy Quackenbush (IAP Advisor) along with past participants.