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Accelerated MA Program in Transcultural Studies

Many students majoring in German Studies or minoring in German or Scandinavian Studies anticipate a career involving international travel, cross-cultural partnerships, or collaborative work in a diverse workplace. If you are one of them, the University of Michigan’s new accelerated MA program in Transcultural Studies can help you build on your literary training to navigate forward-looking career pathways in an increasingly cosmopolitan and globalized world.  

This interdisciplinary program, which includes the Departments of American Culture, Afroamerican and African Studies, Anthropology, Asian Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literature, English, History, History of Art, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Screen Arts and Cultures as official partners, is intended to provide both advanced training and a capstone experience for current LSA undergraduates who anticipate pursuing a PhD or working in other professional settings where intercultural competency and a critical framework for thinking systematically about connections, comparisons, and translations among human communities will be desirable skills.

Transcultural Studies uses approaches from across the Humanities and Social Sciences to foster a critical and historically informed understanding of human communication and interaction across perceived boundaries of language, culture, nationality race, and religious identity. The program allows you to earn a UM Master’s Degree with one additional year of study beyond the BA.  

Students apply for the program in the winter term of their junior year; applications are typically due in March or April. For more information, see the Program in Transcultural Studies website or email