Students are encouraged to study issues in their selected area in the larger context of Asian religions as a whole and in a broad cultural context, which embraces the study of history, literature, and art.


In addition to the departmental languages, French and German, students are required to be proficient in the classical language of their chosen tradition and other necessary research languages

Students are strongly encouraged to take a course outside the field of Asian religions in any of the other fields offered in the department. They are also encouraged to take courses outside the department, for example in the departments of History of Art, History, and East Asian languages and literature, and to prepare one of their comprehensive examinations under the direction of faculty in one of these departments.