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College of Letters & Science

Languages and Cultures of Asia

Note: Admission to the LCA major has been suspended as of fall 2014. Students who were admitted prior to fall 2014 and wish to declare a major in LCA should consult with the undergraduate advisor, Professor Schamiloglu.

Requirements for the Major
Asian Languages Track
Asian Humanities Track
Honors in the Major
Distinction in the Major
LCA-Content Courses
LCA-Language Courses

1238 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-3012; lca.wisc.edu

Professors Bickner, Bühnemann, Dharwadker, Elder, Rafferty, and Schamiloglu; Associate Professors Chopra, Gade, Hansen

Undergraduate and honors advisor in the major: Contact the department, 608-262-3012

Faculty diversity liaison: Donald R. Davis, Jr., drdavis@wisc.edu

The department focuses on research and teaching in the Asian humanities, with particular emphasis on culture, literature, religion, and language. The mission is to engage in wide-ranging humanistic scholarship that transcends the boundaries of language, geographic region, nation, and religious identity and to impart the significance of a humanistic study of Asia to students, as well as to other members of the university and beyond. This mission promotes Asian humanities as something not merely to learn about but also, and more important, to learn from.

The department offers a wide range of courses covering Central and Southwest, South, and Southeast Asia. Languages currently offered during the academic year include Arabic, Filipino, Hindi, Hmong, Indonesian, Persian, Sanskrit, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Urdu, Uzbek, and Vietnamese. Languages currently offered during the summer session include Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan, Urdu, Burmese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Javanese, Khmer, Lao, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Requirements for the Major

There are two major tracks: Asian languages and Asian humanities.  Students must fulfill the requirements totaling 30 credits in consultation with the undergraduate advisor.  There are no prerequisites for declaring the major, but students must declare in time to take LCA 600 in the senior year.

Asian Languages Track
  1. Introductory Course—choose one from LCA 100, LCA 101, or LCA 273
  2. Four courses in one LCA-Lang language. (All students with prior knowledge of the language are required to undertake an evaluation procedure to place them at the appropriate level. Prior knowledge cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.)
  3. LCA 600 Capstone Seminar
  4. Electives in LCA and/or LCA-Lang courses numbered 300 or above to bring credits for the major to 30
Asian Humanities Track
  1. Introductory Course—choose from LCA 100, LCA 101, or LCA 273
  2. EITHER:
    two courses from two field categories: a. Religion: LCA 235, 274, 300, 364, 367, 369, 370, 420, 421, 423, 438, 444, 453, 464, 466, 471, 479, 553, 620, 623, 624, 626, 628, 650, 660
    b. Literature: LCA 201, 279, 300, 311, 312, 314, 357, 373, 374, 401, 403, 404, 413, 524, 571, 576, 579, 610, 615, 666, 671
    c. Culture: LCA 203, 205, 244, 251, 252, 265, 300, 361, 362, 379, 402, 430, 442, 443, 448, 449, 450, 457, 458, 459, 462, 463, 614, 621, 630, 634, 640, 651, 663, 670
    OR
    two courses from two area categories:
    a. Central and Southwest Asia: LCA 106, 203, 205, 265, 279, 300, 314, 413, 472, 579, 610, 620, 630, 640, 666
    b. South Asia: LCA 201, 251, 252, 300, 311, 312, 362, 373, 374, 402, 420, 421, 428, 442, 443, 448, 449, 450, 462, 463, 524, 571, 620, 623, 624, 625, 626, 628, 630, 634, 651, 663, 666, 670
    c. Southeast Asia: LCA 244, 300, 361, 401, 403, 404, 438, 441, 457, 458, 620, 630, 666, 671
  3. LCA 600 Capstone Seminar
  4. Electives in LCA and/or LCA-Lang courses numbered 300 or above to bring credits for the major to 30

Honors in the Major

With permission of the department undergradute advisor, students interested in earning Honors in the Major must complete an Honors in the Major Declaration Form. To earn Honors in the LCA major, students must:

  1. complete an additional 6 credits of intermediate- and advanced-level course work beyond the major requirements in LCA, bringing the total credits to 36
  2. maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in course work in the major
  3. maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3
  4. complete LCA 600 before or concurrently with the first semester of LCA 681
  5. complete a Senior Honors Thesis with LCA 681 and 682 for a total of 6 credits

Distinction in the Major

The department will recommend that Distinction in the Major be awarded to any student who completes the major requirements and earns a 3.5 GPA within the LCA major.

All students are required to fulfill the L&S requirement of at least 15 credits of upper-level work in the major completed in residence. LCA courses 300-699 (with the exception of first- and second-semester language courses) count toward this requirement.


This page was updated 10/22/14.