Language II UM
Courses that include the Philippines II Special
courses on the Philippines II Independent studies
and thesis supervision II Undergraduate concentration
II Graduate Degree Program II Exchange
programs in the Philippines II Internship Opportunities
II Funding II Other resources
The University (Asian Languages and Cultures-ALC and Center for Southeast
Asian Studies-CSEAS) offers three years of Filipino language instruction during
the regular academic year, with additional years of advanced tutoring, including
for independent study credits, an option Instructor: Adelwisa Weller-Agas,
Asian Languages and Cultures.
· Instruction in other Philippine languages can also be arranged through
ALC or CSEAS, specifically for Cebuano and Ilokano.
· Spanish language is offered in the Romance Languages department.
· Instruction in Filipino language is also offered at the Southeast
Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) at University of Wisconsin-Madison,
as well as the Advanced Filipino Abroad Program based in Hawaii.
UM Courses that include the Philippines
Many of our Southeast Asia courses include coverage of the Philippines e.g.
in History (Victor Lieberman, Rudolf Mrazek, graduate and undergraduate),
Political Science (Allen Hicken, graduate and undergraduate), Asian Languages and Cultures (Nancy Florida), Business (Linda
Lim, graduate only), Urban Planning (Gavin Shatkin, graduate only). In these
region-wide courses, students can focus their individual term or research
papers on Philippine topics.
· Spanish Philippines is also covered in history courses on the Spanish
empire and on Latin America (e.g. Rebecca Scott, Sabine McCormack), while
the American colonial period is covered in some American history courses (e.g.
Penny von Eschen, Martin Pernick).
· The Philippines also features in courses in Asian-American Studies
(Vicente Diaz, Damon Salesa), American Culture (Emily Lawsin, Maria Sarita
See), and Music (Amy Stillman). Virginia Rezmierski can supervise work in
the School of Public Policy and Antonio Alvarez in the School of Social Work.
· Students can also explore the option of Philippines-focused term
papers for disciplinary non-area courses in particular disciplines or professional
schools, by arrangement with the faculty member involved.
Special UM Courses on the Philippines
CSEAS occasionally offers a special interdisciplinary course on the Philippines.
This will feature UM and visiting guest lecturers covering Philippine history,
culture, politics, economics, business, population studies, environmental
studies, public health and other fields. We anticipate offering such a course,
open to both undergraduate and graduate students with different requirements,
roughly once every three years.
· From time to time, CSEAS may also host visiting professors who can
teach mini-courses focused on the Philippines, or give public lectures on
their Philippine research
Independent Study and Thesis Supervision
Students may take independent study courses either with professors who are
Southeast Asia or Philippine specialists or professors in particular disciplines
or professional schools who are willing to supervise Philippine-focused independent
study and theses in their particular subject area or topic of research interest.
UM Library has an excellent collection of materials on the Philippines, and
our Librarian, Susan Go, a Philippine specialist, can help students and faculty
come up with suitable reading lists for independent study and thesis research.
· Philippine- or Southeast Asia-specialist faculty willing to supervise
independent study and theses on the Philippines include:
Vicente Diaz, History/American Studies (Asian American/Pacific Islands specialist)
Allen Hicken, Political Science (Philippine and Southeast Asia specialist)
Victor Lieberman, History (Southeast Asia specialist)
Linda Lim, Business (Southeast Asia specialist)
Rudolf Mrazek, History (Southeast Asia specialist)
Gayl Ness, Sociology (emeritus) (Southeast Asia specialist)
Damon Salesa, History/American Studies (Asian American/Pacific Islands specialist)
Maria Sarita See, American Studies/English Literature (Asian American/Pacific
Gavin Shatkin, Urban Planning (Philippine and Southeast Asia specialist)
Amy Stillman, Ethnomusicology (Asian American music specialist)
Note that whereas emeritus professors do not teach courses, they are available
supervise students in their specific disciplines or research areas.
Undergraduate concentrations on the Philippines are available through American
Studies or through Asian Languages and Cultures, where the concentration advisor
(Nancy Florida) determines the courses which may fulfill the concentration
requirement in consultation with the student.
Graduate Degree Programs
The Center for Southeast Asian Studies offers an M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies
degree which requires a minimum of two years of a Southeast Asian language
(in this case, most likely Filipino), 24 credits of Southeast Asia area courses
at the graduate level, and a Master's thesis.
· Students pursuing Master's programs in the professional schools e.g.
Business, Social Work, Urban Planning, may take Philippine language and area
courses as part of or adjuncts to their professional course-work requirements.
Some schools (Business, Law) also offer a professional degree/M.A. in Southeast
Asian Studies dual degree program.
· Students pursuing a Ph.D. enroll in their particular disciplinary
department (e.g. History, Political Science) and may take Philippine language
and area courses as part of or adjuncts to their disciplinary course-work
Exchange Programs in the Philippines
Virginia Rezmierski and Adelwisa Agas-Weller bring undergraduate students
to the University of the Philippines, Silliman University, and Philippine
Normal School (for language courses), under the sponsorship of the Provost
for Academic Affairs. We are exploring exchange programs with these universities.
· Graduate students may structure individual exchanges with these and
other universities based on their interests and CSEAS faculty contacts.
Students can work with CSEAS faculty and UM alumni to develop individual internship
experiences in the Philippines.
· Competitive funding for overseas internships is available through
the International Institute (II) (for graduate students only), the UM Center
for International Business Education, and other UM and external sources. The
CSEAS student services coordinator will collect this information.
CSEAS administers US Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies
(FLAS) fellowship awards and awards for summer language study, for graduate
students. Students studying Filipino are eligible to apply for these awards.
The Southeast Asian Studies Librarian, Susan Go, is a Philippine historian
and is available to counsel students and suggest resources for independent
· Several times a year, CSEAS and other UM units host visiting speakers
from and on the Philippines.
The center is committed to promoting a broader and deeper understanding of Southeast Asia and its peoples, cultures, and historiesby providing resources for faculty, students and the community to learn and disseminate knowledge about the region.