The FSU Buddhist Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary program of study and research leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees and is specifically designed for students who intend to become scholars and teachers at the university level. The program, which cooperates closely with the Departments of Modern Languages and Linguistics , Asian Studies, and Art History, emphasizes the academic study of Buddhism across a broad spectrum of historical, doctrinal, and cultural formations.
Language study is essential for advanced research in Buddhist Studies. All students in the Buddhist Studies program are thus required to gain facility in the primary Asian languages relevant to their area of specialization. These languages include Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese and Japanese. The specific combination of Asian languages required for students in the graduate program will depend on their research focus. Students will be required to develop precision skills in primary language research and close text-critical reading.
In addition to linguistic and philological competence, students in the program are expected to acquire a sophisticated understanding of the social and historical contexts of Buddhism through extended ethnographic and archival research abroad in a relevant Asian country.