Program in Buddhist Studies, Deptment of Religious Studies, UCSB
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Graduate students opting for the Buddhist Studies concentration for the Ph.D. in Religious Studies will, in addition to the Department 200 series, be expected to complete at least five Buddhist Studies core seminars covering at least two cultural regions, including three in their principal area of focus. 

The student will be expected to gain a high degree of fluency (normally four years of language study or the equivalent) in the language of the area of focus.  In addition, the student will demonstrate reading ability in one other Asian language (normally, two years of language study or the equivalent) and reading ability in either French or German.

The student is also expected to acquire competence in one or more of the non-Buddhist religions found in the area of focus, for example: Hinduism, Jainism, Daoism, Confucianism, Shinto or local indigenous traditions. This can be accomplished through additional seminars, directed reading, a field exam focus, and/or enrollment in upper division courses. 

Students will normally spend at least one academic year in their region of focus: India, Southeast Asia, Tibet, China, Taiwan, Mongolia, or Japan. 

Note that it is also possible for a graduate student to make Buddhist Studies a central focus while working in one of the other concentrations within Religious Studies, for example, South Asian Religions or Philosophy of Religion.

Students with minimal or no language skills appropriate to the Asian area in which they plan to focus their graduate study of Buddhism are urged to acquire an Asian language focused  M.A. either at UCSB or elsewhere before entering the Buddhist Studies PhD concentration.  At UCSB this can be accomplished either in the Department of Religious Studies or in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, depending on the language required.

208A, Wallace
Seminar on South Asian Buddhist Traditions
212, Wallace
Mongolian Buddhism
254A, Cabezón
Seminar on Tibetan Buddhist Traditions
254B, Cabezón
The Study of Tibet from the Missionaries to Cultural Studies
254C, Cabezón
Seminar on Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy
256, Wallace
Seminar in Jain Studies
257, Staff
Seminar in Buddhist Studies
259, Staff
Problems in the Study of Japanese Religion
264, Rambelli
Problems in the Study of Japanese Religion
265, Staff
Problems in the Study of Chinese Religion
266F/CHIN 266F, Steavu-Balint
Readings in Chinese Buddhism
271, Rambelli
Buddhism and Local Cults in Asia
276, Rambelli
Buddhist Political Thought and Institutions
278, Rambelli
Buddhist Geography
279, Rambelli
Visual Culture of Buddhism

Chinese 1-6
Mandarian Chinese
Chinese 101 A-C
Classical Chinese
166F, Staff
Religious Literature in Chinese: Buddhist Texts
Japanese 1-8
Modern Japanese
Japanese 101 A-C
Pre-Modern Japanese
Chin 104/204, Sharon (Hsio-Jun) Yu
Buddhist influence on Chinese language and Culture
30A-C, Hillis
Elementary Tibetan
30D-F, Hillis
Intermediate Tibetan
135, Cabezón
Readings in Tibetan Buddhist Texts
159A-C, Hillis
Elementary Sanskrit
159D-F, Hillis
Intermediate Sanskrit
202A, Wallace
Religious Literature in Pali
207A-I, Holdrege, Wallace, White
Religious Literature in Sanskrit
255A-F, Cabezón
Guided Readings in Tibetan Buddhist Texts
Japanese 276, Rambelli
Advanced Readings in Japanese Texts
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