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Program Description

The Accelerated Master's Degree Program in Transcultural Studies offers current LSA undergraduates the opportunity to earn an interdisciplinary MA degree with just one year of study beyond their BA/BS. The program is grounded in recent scholarship from humanities and social sciences disciplines that examines the flows of people, things, ideas, and practices across perceived cultural divides. It encourages students to explore methods for understanding connectivity, comparison, and translation across cultures with a curriculum that draws on courses in eleven of LSA’s exceptionally strong humanities and social sciences departments. The program provides its students with a robust framework for thinking critically about transcultural dynamics and for negotiating them with insight and imagination in their own lives and careers.

In addition to offering the opportunity to select from a broad array of graduate course offerings, the program encourages experiential learning. Each student is asked to propose, construct and complete a capstone project, based on original research, engagement in a community-oriented project, or involvement in individual or collaborative artistic creation. Preparation for undertaking this project is provided through the program’s core curriculum, designed to introduce students to varied methods and theories used to explore the themes of connectivity, comparison and translation across fields.

Only undergraduate students currently enrolled in the College of Literature Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan are eligible to apply. Applications from outside of U-M will not be accepted.