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MIRS: SEAS Subplan

The Masters in International and Regional Studies (MIRS), Southeast Asian studies subplan is designed for students with an interest in gaining a broader and deeper understanding of Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Our language and area training will prepare students who want to pursue a career in academia, business, the government, or with a nonprofit organization in the U.S. or abroad. Dual-degree students are welcome.

Anchored in the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), the MIRS Southeast Asian studies subplan takes advantage of the expertise of internationally renowned faculty and the abundant resources of numerous departments and centers. Our Southeast Asia library and museum collections are recognized as among the best in the world. Thai studies is particularly strong, benefited by faculty specialists and an endowment that funds research, internships, and language study abroad. Students are encouraged to go to Southeast Asia and are given opportunities to organize conferences, network with faculty and visiting scholars, and participate in the programming of the center. 

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)

Southeast Asian Studies Subplan Requirements (27 credits)

The Southeast Asian studies subplan combines broad interdisciplinary coursework and intense language learning with the flexibility to pursue individual areas of interest.

In addition to the MIRS requirements, CSEAS also requires:

  • SEAS 501: Introduction to Southeast Asian Studies (3 credits). This course is an excellent introduction to contemporary issues, and its format provides a forum for stimulating dialogue and networking between students and leading faculty in a variety of disciplines.
  • Language Proficiency: Students must attain at least intermediate oral and written proficiency in one Southeast Asian language.
  • The remaining credits should be distributed in at least three disciplines, such as anthropology, Asian cultures, history, political science, public policy, religion, music, and sociology.

Sample Plan of Study:

Masters in International and Regional Studies
Subplan: Southeast Asian Studies (SEAS)
Capstone Project: Thesis

Year 1

FALL (9 credits)

Colloquium (required core class)

1

Research Design (II, required core class)

2

501: Introduction to Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS)

3

Intermediate Indonesian I

3

WINTER (11 credits)

HISTORY 552: Early Modern Southeast Asia (History)

3

Colloquium (II, required core class)

1

Research Design (II, required core class)

1

ASIAN 546: Critical Studies in Asian Performance (ALC)

3

Intermediate Indonesian II

3

Year 2

FALL (11 credits)

ASIAN 570: Seminar in Southeast Asian Studies (ALC)

3

Thesis Writing Capstone (II)

2

POLISCI 677: Southeast Asian Politics (Political Science)

3

Advanced Indonesian I

3

WINTER (5 credits)

Advanced Indonesian II

3

Thesis Writing Capstone (II)

2

Total Credits

36

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

The annual application deadline is December 15.