The doctoral degree in Asian Languages and Cultures is administered by the Rackham Graduate School. Students with at least a Bachelors degree and a strong desire to pursue research should apply to the Ph.D. Program in Asian Languages and Cultures. Department faculty specialize in the areas of East, South and Southeast Asia, with expertise in disciplines which include cultural studies, intellectual history, linguistics, literature, performance studies, philosophy, religion, and visual culture. Students accepted into the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures may craft and pursue programs of graduate study in fields such as Asian film, Chinese history, Korean culture, Japanese literature, Javanese cultural studies, Buddhist studies or any other combination of geographical area and academic discipline for which there is sufficient faculty availability and interest.
All applicants must have proficiency in at least one Asian language and must demonstrate some background in the study of Asian culture. They must also exhibit a strong interest and background in related humanistic disciplines.
The Department offers language instruction in Bengali, Chinese (classical and modern), Filipino, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese (classical and modern), Javanese, Korean, Punjabi, Thai, Tibetan (classical and modern), Urdu and Vietnamese.