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

  • 08/23/2017 - 10:00 AM
    Informational Meeting with Department with Administrator/ Financial Specialist/ Graduate Program Coordinator Information regarding schedule, benefits, payroll procedures, and the Immigration Reform and Control Act requirements (I-9 form) will be presented.
  • 08/28/2017 - 10:30 AM
    Professor Steve Ridgely will welcome TAs and FLTAs, share overview of the department leadership and staff structure, discuss work-study balance, TAs and Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) and Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC)
  • 09/1/2017 - 10:00 AM
    All graduate students are encouraged to attend the inaugural meeting with the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) Professor Junko Mori.