Our Program

The University of Montana offers students an opportunity to minor in South and Southeast Asian Studies (SSEA). 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 Bollywood to gender to the Bhagavad Gita.

Fulfill your General Education language requirement by studying Hindi.  Spoken Hindi is the same as Urdu, and it is 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 SSEA 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.