Academic Programs

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies offers the following degree and certificate programs.  Whether you are a prospective or current UW-Madison student, please contact Michael Cullinane, CSEAS Associate Director, for more information.


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An undergraduate concentration on Southeast Asian Studies is available as a “named option” in the undergraduate major offered by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC). For information relating to this major, interested students should consult the Asian Languages and Cultures site on Guide, and the ALC website.

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The undergraduate certificate in Southeast Asian Studies is awarded to undergraduate students in other degree programs (that is, programs other than Asian Studies, Southeast Asia Concentration) who are interested in documenting their advanced training in Southeast Asian Studies.

The certificate requires the completion of 15 credits of Southeast Asian Studies core courses that are approved by the Program Advisor in consultation with the Education Committee of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS). Up to 6 credits of a Southeast Asian language can be counted for the certificate, but only courses offered at the intermediate (3rd semester) or higher levels.

Students interested in this certificate should fill out a College of Letters and Science Major/Certificate/Option Declaration Form and bring it to Michael Cullinane, CSEAS Associate Director and Undergraduate Advisor (207 Ingraham Hall, or 263-1755). Dr. Cullinane is the Advisor for students in the Undergraduate Certificate program. Certificate students should consult with Dr. Cullinane before the beginning of each semester to discuss Southeast Asian Studies course offerings.



This interdisciplinary degree program meets the unique needs of two broad groups of students: those seeking certification of area expertise en route to a disciplinary PhD and those seeking a terminal MA en route to a wide range of careers in Southeast Asia, including, among others, employment in business, journalism, and various governmental and international organizations. Learn more.


A PhD minor in Southeast Asian Studies is offered to students who are interested in the study of Southeast Asia. The minor requires a minimum of 12 credits in departments outside the student’s major and must be approved in advance by the Center Director in consultation with a faculty associate of the Center.

Related Multidisciplinary Programs within UW–Madison

In addition to extensive Southeast Asian offerings and degree programs in social science and humanities departments, there are ample opportunities for students to design multidisciplinary and professional degree programs in development and environmental studies, natural resources management, and international agriculture, business, and public affairs.

Wisconsin’s nationally ranked College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and La Follette Institute of Public Affairs offer training in a broad range of courses and programs with a focus on Southeast Asia. Concentrations of courses and degree programs focused on Southeast Asian development and environmental studies, business, and international public affairs can be arranged in combination with Agricultural and Applied Economics, Forest Ecology and Management, Rural Sociology, Urban and Regional Planning, Development Studies (Land Tenure Center), the La Follette Institute of Public Affairs, Land and Water Resources Management and Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development (Institute for Environmental Studies), and the School of Business.

Core faculty associated with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies actively participate in these programs through developing and leading research projects in Southeast Asia related to these and other areas of professional expertise.

Interdisciplinary training, with a concentration on Southeast Asia, can be arranged through the School of Music’s ethnomusicology program, the Department of Theater and Drama, and the Dance Program.

With one of the most extensive Javanese gamelan, wayang kulit (shadow puppet theater), and dance complexes in the United States, Wisconsin maintains a strong commitment to the study of Indonesian and other Southeast Asian music genres and performing arts.

Beginning and intermediate level performance classes are regularly offered in Southeast Asian music, dance, and theater, producing in major public performances each year. These courses and programs have been greatly enhanced by visiting scholars and artists invited to campus by the Center. Visiting artists (including Fulbright artists in residence) perform annually in UW student gamelan and dance performances.