University of Wisconsin–Madison

Graduate Certificate and Related Programs

The graduate certificate is awarded to graduate students interested in documenting their advanced training in Southeast Asian Studies. The certificate requires the completion of a total of twenty credits of core courses (at least one of these being a research seminar) on Southeast Asia. These courses must be approved by the Center Director.

Related Multidisciplinary Programs

Professional Schools Programs

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.

Performing Arts

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.

Studies in Southeast Asian Popular Culture and Literature

In recent years, Wisconsin has developed a unique research complex in the areas of Southeast Asian popular culture and literature. This complex is centered around a rich collection of resources that include film and video (in the Southeast Asian Video Archive), music cassettes (in Mills Music Library), and rare vernacular literary and popular cultural materials (in Memorial Library). With these resources as a base, students can arrange interdisciplinary graduate degree programs focused on popular culture and literature by combining methodological, theoretical, and Southeast Asia content coursework under the direction of Center faculty.