Who We Are
The Department of Asian Studies is dedicated to an academic study of Asia that aims to transform its students and faculty intellectually, professionally, and personally. As a central part of our mission, we encourage our students to study language intensively and to study abroad. Our courses, majors, and graduate programs strive to build students’ capacity for independent inquiry and research, for critical thinking, and for superior written and oral communication.
What We're Fundraising For
For more than forty years, support from the University of Texas and from the US Department of Education has made it possible for our department to teach Malayalam. We are the only university in the US to offer Malayalam instruction regularly. In order to ensure that Malayalam always has a home at UT-Austin, we are raising funds to create a permanent endowment for Malayalam language instruction. The money raised will complement continuing financial support from the University and the federal government, but would also enable us to expand and enrich Malayalam language teaching at all levels. As always, we are committed to promoting cultural awareness of Kerala culture and history, to fostering institutional and educational exchange, and to advancing research of all kinds related to Kerala. In all these efforts, we view this campaign as a national effort, a project that will benefit not just UT-Austin students, but also programs and students in New Jersey and California.
What will your gift do? Recently, we published a large collection of free, online learning materials and teaching resources for Malayalam at malayalam.la.utexas.edu. These are already being used in our courses and in community language programs for children. We have also created exams through UT High School to enable Malayalam-speaking children in the state of Texas to receive high school language credits by exam. Finally, we will of course continue to offer academic year and summer language courses for college and university students, and even high-school juniors and seniors for transferrable college credit. Your gift will make projects and programs like these possible.