Academic programs

Degree programs

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Students at the University of Washington may work toward a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Asian Studies, Southeast Asia concentration. The degree is earned through the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.

Minor in Southeast Asian Studies

Students may choose to minor in Southeast Asian studies while majoring in another area.

Master of Arts Degree

The Master of Arts program in Southeast Asian Studies offers students a framework within which to carry out the interdisciplinary study of the peoples and nations of insular and mainland Southeast Asia. Graduate students can also specialize in Southeast Asian Studies while pursuing a Master’s  in another academic department.

Ph.D. Degree

The Jackson School of International Studies PhD program combines the School’s strength and expertise in area studies with foundational fields such as Peace, Violence & Security. Graduate students whose research interests focus upon Southeast Asia may consider this new and innovative program which is tailored for scholars and practitioners who want to develop deep knowledge of areas in the context of specific contemporary global themes, policy challenges, and real-world problems. It combines an intensive research tutorial system with specific coursework to allow doctoral candidates to finish in 3-4 years.
Graduate students can also focus study and research on issues within Southeast Asia while pursuing a PhD in another academic department.  Currently, students with Southeast Asia interests are pursuing advanced degrees in AnthropologyAsian Languages and LiteratureArchitectureComparative LiteratureEthnomusicologyGeographyHistoryForestryPublic HealthLawLinguisticsPolitical ScienceSocial Work, and Sociology. Students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in these departments and colleges should refer to the list of core Southeast Asia faculty and confer with them directly about procedures and requirements for admission into these programs.