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The Department of Asian Languages and 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 also an integral part of our department, teaching more than fourteen languages from East, South, and Southeast Asia.

UW-Madison's Graduate School News

Each fall, the Graduate School hosts a campus-wide New Graduate Student Welcome (NGSW) that serves to complement orientation activities offered by individual programs. This year the NGSW is August 30, 11:00am-4:00pm at Union South.

Several campus leaders will join the Dean of the Graduate School, William J. Karpus, in welcoming new graduate students. These leaders include Sarah Mangelsdorf, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Patrick Sims, Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate; and Lori Berquam, Vice Provost for Student Life and Dean of Students.

New fall 2017 graduate students are strongly encouraged to attend the event. The agenda is available at

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