The Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia (LCA) focuses on research and teaching in the Asian humanities, with particular emphasis on cultures, literatures, religions, and languages of Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Southwest Asia. The department engages in wide-ranging humanistic scholarship that transcends the boundaries of language, geographic region, nation, and religious identity to impart the significance of a humanistic study of Asia to students, as well as to other members of the university and beyond. The department promotes Asian humanities as something not merely to learn about but also, more importantly to learn from.