The University of Pennsylvania has a long tradition of scholarship on Asian Religions. Jamal Elias and Justin McDaniel oversee this field in the Department of Religious Studies. The Department also encourages students to create cross-disciplinary plans of study with the Departments of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Center of East Asian Studies, the Department of South Asian Studies, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and the Departments of Art History and the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Professors Paul Goldin, Victor Mair, Linda Chance, Frank Chance, Julie Davis, Daud Ali, Deven Patel, Ramya Sreenivasin, Projit Mukharji, Paul Cobb, and several others can work with professors in Religious Studies in designing a course of study.
Perhaps Penn’s greatest strength in this field is language instruction. The Penn Language Center has instructors and courses in dozens of languages, making it unparalleled in the range of Asian languages taught including: Sanskrit, Hindi/Urdu, Pali, Tamil, Telegu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marati, Punjabi, Gujarati, Bengali, Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, Japanese, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese, Persian, Arabic, Turkish, Pashto, among others.