Students select their remaining courses, in consultation with their advisor, from a list of approved courses offered at the 500+ level by participating departments.
TCS students are encouraged, but not required, to declare a sub-plan for the MA degree by December of their senior year. Students complete a sub-plan by successfully completing four or more courses designated for that sub-plan by the end of their fifth year. Students can petition to design their own sub-plans in consultation with their advisors and/or the program director. Pre-established sub-plans include the following:
Environment and culture
Global gender studies
World art and literature
The available courses under these headings change considerably each year, and there is no fixed curriculum for these sub-plans. Instead, students are encouraged to plot a coherent pathway through the program in conversation with their advisors.