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MIRS: South Asian Studies Specialization

The Masters in International and Regional Studies (MIRS) South Asian studies specialization 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 (CSAS), the MIRS South Asian studies specialization 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 School for Environment and Sustainability, Ford School of Public Policy, Law School, School of Public Health, Ross School of Business, and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

See the MIRS Admissions page for more information.

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 specialization. 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.

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