University of Minnesota
Asian Languages & Literature

Asian Languages and Literature.


Awareness of the different ways in which Asia has been spatially organized is of key significance for both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Traditional religious orders, intellectual networks, languages, cultural forms, media, nation-states, geopolitical institutions, and diasporic communities have overlapping and distinct spatial coordinates. The curricula in ALL and ALCM engage with each of these and other spatial orders, the various processes through which they took shape, and the kinds of issues to which they give rise today. Listed are some of the more traditional areas of study possible in the department. It should be kept in mind that these are by no means tightly sealed compartments and that the programs emphasize a comparative approach to these areas.