South Asian Languages

College of Arts and Sciences

The Department of Asian Languages and Literature offers both majors and minors in South Asian Languages and Literature. These majors and minors combine language study in one or more South Asian languages offered at the University (Bengali, Hindi, Sanskrit and Urdu) with coursework on the literatures and cultures of South Asia. In addition, students are encouraged to draw from an extensive array of courses in South Asian studies offered in departments and units across the humanities and social sciences. Many students pair a major in a South Asian Language and Literature with a major in a professional field (e.g. engineering, business, informatics, computer science). Graduates of this degree program go onto a wide variety of career fields such as health care, government, technology, education and business.

Major category: Minimum requirements

Minor available

Topic: Arts

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Quarters of general admission to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline:
  • You must enroll at the UW before applying to this major. Please contact the department for additional details.

This major has minimum admission requirements. Transfer students must be enrolled at the UW before applying to the major.

A student entering the junior year without two years of the appropriate foreign language will not be able to complete the degree requirements in two years unless he or she takes accelerated courses at the UW during summer quarter.

Minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA is required.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Courses required for the major:

  • 20 credits in the language of primary concentration
  • One writing (W-prefix) course in English, with minimum grade of 2.0

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 0
Total from Washington community colleges: 0

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 0
3.50 – 3.74: 0
3.25 – 3.49: 0
3.00 – 3.24: 0
2.75 – 2.99: 0
2.50 – 2.74: 0
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes