Undergraduate and graduate courses on Buddhism are offered at many major universities and colleges in the U.S.A. and beyond, in particular, usually in departments of philosophy, religion or religious studies, and/or area studies (Asia). Courses usually focus on Buddhism in general, a tradition or school of Buddhism (e.g., Tibetan or Tantric), a region or country (e.g., East Asia or Japan), and/or selected special topics in Buddhism (e.g., ethics). Some institutions like Antioch College also offer study abroad programs which include Buddhism. (The following lists are suggestive, not exhaustive). 

Amherst College
Antioch College
University of Arizona
Bates College
California Institute of Integral Studies
University of California at Berkeley
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
University of California at Santa Barbara
Carleton College
Case Western Reserve University
University of Chicago
University of Colorado
Columbia University
Dickinson College
Fairfield University
Graduate Theological Union
Harvard University
University of Hawai`i
Hsi Lai University
Indiana University
University of Michigan
Naropa University
University of North Carolina
University of Northern Iowa
University of Pennsylvania
Princeton University
Rice University
University of Southern Florida
Smith College
Soka University
State University of New York
Stanford University
Swarthmore University
Syracuse University
University of Texas at Austin
University of Virginia
University of Washington
Wesleyan University
University of Wisconsin


GRADUATE DEGREES (Please check the original source for the most current information).

Hsi Lai University (B.A., M.A., D.B.S., and Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies)

Naropa University (M.A. in Engaged in Buddhism, M.A. in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism)

University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) (Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies)

University of Michigan (M.A. and Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies)

University of Wisconsin (M.A. and Ph.D. in Religions of Asia/Buddhist Studies)



Through a good search engine (e.g., one can easily locate the websites for universities and colleges by simply typing in the name of the institution. Then search on the institutional website with key words like Buddhism or Buddhist Studies. If that fails, search under the philosophy or religion departments or programs.

These websites include lists and links to institutions for Buddhist Studies:

Asian and Buddhist Studies

Buddhism Internet Resources Meta-Register

Buddhist Studies Around the World (country listings)

Buddhist Studies World Wide Web Sites

Buddhist Studies WWW Virtual Library

Buddhist Studies - EJournals

Global Resources for Buddhist Studies
(Journal of Buddhist Ethics)

Guide to Buddhist Studies on the Net

International Association of Buddhist Studies

Resources for the Study of Buddhism

United Kingdom Association of Buddhist Studies



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deJong, Jan Willem, 1986, A History of Buddhist Studies in Europe and America, Delhi, India: Sri Sarguru.

Swearer, Donald K., and Somparn Promta, eds., 2000, The State of Buddhist Studies in the World 1972-1997, Bangkok, Thailand: Chulalongkorn University Center for Buddhist Studies.

Wallace, B. Alan, 2000, "Three Dimensions of Buddhist Studies," in Buddhist Theology: Critical Reflections by Contemporary Buddhist Scholars, Roger Jackson and Jon Makransky, eds., Surrey, UK: Curzon Press, pp. 61-77.

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Williams, Duncan Ryuken, and Christopher Queen, eds., 2000, American Buddhism: Methods and Findings of Recent Scholarship, Surrey, UK: Curzon Press.