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South and Southeast Asian Studies

Professor Ruth Vanita, Advisor

The Liberal Studies Program offers undergraduates at the University of Montana-Missoula an opportunity to study South and Southeast Asian peoples, cultures, histories, societies, as well as their literary, artistic and religious traditions.  The region includes India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, East Timor, and the Philippines. 

The South Asianist faculty of Liberal Studies and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences work closely with those faculty from other disciplines at the University of Montana who have research and teaching interests in the area, and competence in regional languages.

Students may choose to minor in South and Southeast Asia with a major in any discipline.  They must register with the program advisor, and are encouraged to plan their course sequence at least one semester in advance, in consultation with an assigned core faculty advisor from those listed below.

Special Degree Requirements

Requirements for a Minor

Major in any discipline, with a minor in South and Southeast Asian Studies. A total of 18 credits as follows:

  1. ANTY/SSEA/LSH (LS) 102H (three credits).
  2. Six credits from the following lower-division (100-200) courses: [SSEA/LS 202X, SSEA/RLST 232H (RELS 232), SSEA/RLST 234 (RELS 234), and SSEA/SOCI 212S (SOC 212S)].
  3. Nine credits from the following upper-division (300 and above) courses, of which at least 3 credits must be in the humanities (SSEA 342, SSEA 353, SSEA 366, SSEA 368), and 3 credits in the social sciences (SSEA 330X and SSEA 440).
  4. No language courses are required.  However, students are encouraged to study regional languages through summer institutes, such as SEASSI, or through accredited study abroad experiences in either South, or Southeast Asia.

The faculty advisor may permit course substitutions.


R- before the course description indicates the course may be repeated for credit to the maximum indicated after the R. Credits beyond this maximum do not count toward a degree.

South/Southeast Asian Studies (SSEA) - Course Descriptions

102H, 195, 202X, 212S, 232H, 234X, 295, 330X, 342, 353, 366, 368, 395, 440, 495


Abhishek Chatterjee, Ph.D. University of Virginia 2010 (Political Science)

Bradley Clough, Ph.D. Columbia University 1998. (Liberal Studies)

Quan Ha, Ph.D. Texas Tech University, 2011 (English)

Ranjan Shrestha, Ph.D. Ohio State University 2007 (Economics)

Teresa Sobieszczyk, Ph.D. Cornell University 2001 (Sociology)

Ruth Vanita, Ph.D. Delhi University 1992 (Liberal Studies)

G.G. Weix, Ph.D. Cornell University 1990 (Anthropology)

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