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Degree Programs in Southeast Asian Studies

Undergraduates at UC Berkeley may choose to specialize in Southeast Asia in many departments in the humanities and social sciences. Most specifically, the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies offers an undergraduate major in South and Southeast Asian Studies.

Graduate degree programs at Berkeley that support specialization in Southeast Asian Studies are offered through the Department of South and Southeast Studies and the Group in Asian Studies. The Group in Asian Studies also offers joint master's degree programs with Boalt Law School (M.A./J.D.) and the Graduate School of Journalism (M.A./M.J.). 

Many Ph.D. programs, such as those in History, Anthropology, Music and Political Science, support a concentration on Southeast Asia within the major field. The Joint Medical Program, a five-year M.S./M.D. degree program, offered through UC Berkeley's School of Public Health and the UC San Francisco School of Medicine, allows students to pursue an area studies focus on Southeast Asia. The College of Environmental Design and the College of Natural Resources also have degree concentration options that support area studies, including a focus on Southeast Asia.

Finally, the Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies program in the Department of Ethnic Studies offers courses in the study of the Southeast Asian diaspora in the U.S.

Courses with Southeast Asia Content

Each semester, the Center for Southeast Asia Studies compiles a list of courses being offered for both undergraduate and graduate students that focus on the region.

Applying to Berkeley

Prospective students interested in applying to Berkeley should visit the campus website for information on application forms, procedures, and deadlines.