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Instruction in Thai to end Spring 2018

Submitted by Jennifer A Miller on October 10, 2017 - 12:46pm
Thai temple in Phuket

The members of the Department of Asian Languages and Literature regret to announce that we will suspend instruction in Thai.

In order to accommodate students previously enrolled in First-Year Thai, we are offering Second-Year Thai only during AY 2017-18.  Further courses in Thai will not be offered after Spring 2018, and we do not anticipate reviving the curriculum in the near future.

This decision was not taken lightly, as we have offered instruction in Thai for the past fifty years.  It was necessitated by an austere budget outlook and justified by low enrollments and a paucity of UW faculty and students conducting research in Thai studies.  The final decision was made by the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, in consultation with the divisional dean for the humanities, director of the Southeast Asia Center, and chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Literature.

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