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MIRS: AS Subplan

The Masters in International and Regional Studies (MIRS), African studies subplan, is designed for students with an interest in gaining advanced knowledge in the field of African Studies, broadly defined to include topics ranging across social, cultural, economic, linguistic and political domains. This rich field of study brings together a variety of disciplines, and students can expect a diverse selection of courses from across U-M’s schools and colleges.

Anchored in the African Studies Center (ASC), the MIRS African studies subplan draws upon ASC’s strategic guidance and coordination for Africa-related research and programming on campus, and on the continent.  Founded in 2008, the center serves as a conduit for the university’s many Africa initiatives in the sciences, arts, humanities, social sciences, engineering, medicine, and related fields.

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)

African Studies Subplan Requirements (27 credits)

The remainder of the 36 credit hours will be met by completing graduate-level courses selected in coordination with ASC’s MIRS advisor. The courses will be selected from among the many Africa-focused graduate-level courses offered in U-M’s 19 schools and colleges. Additional distribution requirements, ensuring a well-rounded course of study, may apply.

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The annual application deadline is December 15.