Southeast Asia Studies

The Council on Southeast Asia Studies offers an interdisciplinary program that supplements the undergraduate curriculum with an annual seminar series, periodic conferences, cultural events, and special lectures. Yale holds extensive library and research collections on Southeast Asia.

Although Yale does not offer a degree in Southeast Asia Studies, majors in any department may consult with Council faculty regarding a senior essay on a Southeast Asian topic. In certain circumstances, students who have a special interest in the region may explore the possibility of a Special Divisional Major. Students interested in pursuing summer research projects or language study in Southeast Asia may apply to the Council for summer fellowship support.

Courses featuring Southeast Asian content are offered by several departments, including Anthropology, Environmental Studies, History, History of Art, Music, Philosophy, and Political Science. Yale College Programs of Study provides updated course information in July of each year, and further information is available on the Southeast Asia Studies Council Web site.

Yale offers language instruction in Indonesian and Vietnamese. Elementary Khmer is currently offered via video conference through the Shared Course Initiative. The Council on Southeast Asia Studies supports language tables and occasionally tutoring in other Southeast Asian languages by special arrangement, including Burmese, Tagalog, and Thai. See the Council Web site for details.