Many of our students in Romance Languages and Literatures 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 develop the historical, theoretical, and practical knowledge you need to navigate forward-looking career pathways in an increasingly cosmopolitan and globalized world. 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 culture, nationality, race, and religious identity.
This interdisciplinary program, which includes the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures as an official partner, is intended to provide both advanced training and a capstone experience for current LSA undergraduates who anticipate pursuing a PhD or working in business or non-profit contexts where intercultural competency and a critical framework for thinking systematically about connections, comparisons, and translations among human communities will be desirable skills. The program allows you to earn a UM Master's Degree with one additional year of study beyond the BA.
Students who are juniors this year are eligible to apply; applications are typically due in March or April. For more information, see the Program in Transcultural Studies website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.