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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.

The University of Montana-Missoula offers students an opportunity to minor in the interdisciplinary South and Southeast Asian Studies (SSEA) Program. The minor requires 18 credits (six courses) and can be combined with any major. We offer a number of exciting courses, on topics ranging from Bombay cinema (Bollywood) to gender to the Bhagavad Gita.

Fulfill your General Education language requirement by studying Hindi in Fall 2021.  Spoken Hindi is the same as Urdu, and it is therefore the second-most widely spoken language in the world. US Dept of State lists Hindi as a critical language. Several summer and all-year scholarships are available to study Hindi further in India

An SSEAS minor can help you work in many fields, such as business, journalism, diplomacy, and computer science.

South and South-East Asia is a region of growing economic and political importance in the world today.  Traces of ancient civilizations are still visible here in vibrant modern cities that are hubs of technology and business. In the minor, you will study South and Southeast Asian peoples, cultures, histories, societies, as well as their literary, artistic, and religious traditions.

South and Southeast Asia includes India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, East Timor, and the Philippines.

We have faculty from several 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 with SSEA content that might count towards this minor, please contact us and we can help you complete the minor.