About the SSEA Program

Important Information About Courses

SSEA courses are taught in a variety of departments including English, World Literatures and Cultures, Anthropology. See upcoming courses.

The University of Montana-Missoula offers students an opportunity to minor in the interdisciplinary South and Southeast Asian Studies (SSEA) Program. 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.

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 Bombay cinema (Bollywood) to the Bhagavad Gita.

We have faculty from many departments, including 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 and/or Prof. G.G.Weix, co-directors of the program.

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