Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

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The Department of Asian Languages & Cultures at UW-Madison is student-centered and driven by research that is integrated into the classroom. With thematic foci in Asian languages, linguistics and literature, Asian cultural studies, religions of Asia, and critical issues in contemporary Asia, we aim to teach students how to recognize and critically analyze the realities of past and present "Asia" as a region that is crucial to the global flows of people, materials, and ideas through its own rich complexity with deep interconnection across multiple domains.  Continue reading our Mission Statement.

ALC is the tenure home of twenty Faculty – whose research spans East, South and Southeast Asia and academic interests are cross disciplinary. 

Language Lecturers are an integral part of our department teaching more than Fourteen languages from East, South, and Southeast Asia.