About the SSEA Program

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

The Liberal Studies Program offers undergraduates an opportunity to minor in South & South-East Asian Studies. South and South-East Asia is a region of growing importance in the world today. This region includes India and several other countries, such as Sri Lanka, Tibet, Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, and the Philippines.  The heritages of ancient civilizations are still visible here in vibrant modern cities that are hubs of technology.

Our interdisciplinary minor requires only 18 credits, and can be combined with any major. We offer a number of exciting courses, on topics ranging from Gandhi’s life and times to Vietnam war literature to Bombay cinema (Bollywood). Though you are not required to take a language, you have a fantastic opportunity this year to study Hindi (the third most widely spoken language in the world) with a native speaker from India.

We have faculty from many departments, including Liberal Studies, Anthropology, English and Political Science teaching courses that count towards the minor. Several of our students have gone on to travel, study and teach in India.

To find out more or to register for the minor, contact Prof. Vanita, the director of the program (ruth.vanita@umontana.edu) or advisor Jana King (jana.king@umontana.edu)

If you think you already have courses that might count towards this minor, please contact us and we can help you complete it.