Welcome to PIES!


PIES is the UCLA Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Indo-European Studies, leading to the degree of Ph.D.


At present, the program focuses on Indo-European linguistics, and on specialized language study in individual languages and language areas; nevertheless, the program also aims to provide an integrated understanding of Indo-European culture, based on comparative linguistics, archaeology, social structure, religion, mythology, and poetics.


The program sponsors a lively series of visiting lectures, culminating in an international conference held on campus each fall, and partly organized by students in the program. The program maintains its own reading room, with reference materials and journal subscriptions covering all areas of Indo-European studies.


Upcoming Events

Spring 2015 Block Seminar

Once a year during the Spring Quarter, the Program invites a Lecturer to hold a week-long intensive seminar on a topic that would not be normally offered on campus. This year's block seminar will be taught by Don Ringe of the University of Pennsylvania, on May 18-22 2015.



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Weekly Graduate Student Seminar

The seminar meets weekly in Dodd 74 (learn more on the Grad Seminar Page):


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Recent Events


26th Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference

The Twenty-sixth Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference was held on Friday-Saturday October 24-25, 2014. Invited speakers are Benjamin Fortson of the University of Michigan and Claire Le Feuvre of the Université de Paris-Sorbonne.


Check out the 2014 program or make arrangements for attending.



In Memoriam Calvert Watkins

Visit the Calvert Watkins Memorial Page.