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MIRS: South Asian Studies Subplan

The Masters in International and Regional Studies (MIRS) South Asian Studies Subplan, is designed for students with an interest in gaining a deeper understanding of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka. Students with academic or professional interests receive broad area and language training at the graduate level—ideal for students with in-country experience who want to channel their experience into a more formal direction, acquire further language competence, and interact with other specialists in an interdisciplinary environment.

Anchored in the Center for South Asian Studies, the MIRS South Asian Studies subplan draws upons CSAS’s broad area scholarship and research. Students benefit from direct interaction with more than 100 world-class faculty members at Michigan who devote all or part of their research to understanding South Asian histories, cultures, economies, environments, and politics. CSAS offers courses in humanities and social science departments, as well as in the schools of Environment and Sustainability, Ford School of Public Policy, Law, Public Health, Ross School of Business, and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

The annual application deadline is December 15.

Curriculum (36 credits)

MIRS students will complete a total of 36 credits, distributed over at least two academic disciplines, at the 400-level or above. 27 of these credits are determined by the subplan. The remaining 9 credits are required for all MIRS students. MIRS requirements include two core courses and a graduate colloquium. In addition, MIRS students will have access to a graduate professional development workshop.

MIRS Requirements (9 credits)

Core Courses

  • Research Design Seminar: Students will sharpen critical thinking, analytical skills, research design, and writing strategies. (3 credits)
  • Capstone: To complete the program, students will dedicate effort to their capstone, either in research, coursework, or work experience related to their subplan. Select one of the below options: (4 credits)
    • Master’s Thesis: research project supervised by a faculty member
    • Additional Research Seminars: completion of graduate seminars with a substantial independent research component
    • Practicum: internship or work experience related to the subplan combined with a related academic component

Graduate Colloquium

Students will participate in two semesters of engaged discussions covering topics of global significance, including programs (guest lectures and relevant events) and participation in moderated online and in-person discussions. (2 credits)

South Asian Studies Subplan Requirements (27 credits)

  • South Asian Studies Courses. Students must complete at least 21 credits in South Asia focused courses. 18 of these must be in SAS-approved courses at the 500-level and above, and at least one course must include a substantial writing component (usually 600-level or above).
  • Cognate Courses. Students must complete a minimum of 6 credits of coursework with thematic or comparative relevance to the student’s educational goals, not necessarily focused on South Asia.
  • Language Requirement: Intermediate oral and written proficiency in one South Asian language, which can be accomplished in one of the following ways:
    • Submit an official transcript from an accredited program indicating a passing grade in intermediate-level language
    • Pass a second-year language course at U-M
    • Pass an ACTFL exam or individualized assessment overseen by the department of Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) South Asian language faculty

MIRS South Asian Studies Sample Plan of Study:

MA: International and Regional Studies
Subplan: South Asian Studies (SAS)
Capstone Project: Thesis

Year 1

FALL (9 credits)

Graduate Colloquium (required MIRS course)

1

Research Design Seminar  (required MIRS core course)

2

Studies in the History of Modern South Asia (History)

3

Music of the Middle East, India, and Southeast Asia (Musicology)

3

First Year Hindi I

4*

WINTER (8 credits)

Islam in Motion: Histories of Islam in the Indian Subcontinent (History)

3

Graduate Colloquium (required MIRS course)

1

Research Design Seminar  (required MIRS core course)

1

Anthropology of South Asia (Anthropology)

3

First Year Hindi II

4*

Year 2

FALL (11 credits)

The Truth Claims of Indian Literature (Asian Languages & Cultures)

3

Thesis Writing Capstone (required MIRS core course)

2

History of Colonial India: The City in South Asia (History)

3

Cognate Course

3

Second Year Hindi I

4*

WINTER (8 credits)

Thesis Writing Capstone (required MIRS core course)

2

Law, Development, and Heritage Preservation in India (Law)

3

Cognate Course

3

Second Year Hindi II

4*

Total Credits

36

*Language courses taught below the 400-level do not count toward graduate credit

 

For more information, contact MIRS-info@umich.edu.

The annual application deadline is December 15.