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MIRS: Southeast Asian Studies Specialization

The Masters in International and Regional Studies (MIRS), Southeast Asian studies specialization 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 specialization 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. 

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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