Summary of Requirements
for a degree of
Master of Arts in International Studies: South Asia

 

Language Requirement:

Students must reach a proficiency equivalent to completion of the 3rd year in a South Asian language.

Required Course Work

  • JSIS A 508/Interdisciplinary Study of South Asia I
  • Basic introductory course taken in the first year. Examination of key themes and debates about the development of South Asian cultural and political formations. Examines how the disciplines of history and the humanities analyze political transitions, social change and cultural transformations in South Asia through the twentieth century. (5 credits)
  • JSIS A 509/Interdisciplinary Study of South Asia II
  • Basic introductory course taken in the first year. Examination of key themes and debates about the development of South Asian cultural and political formations. Examines how different scholarly disciplines, particularly those in the political sciences, analyze political transitions, social change and cultural transformations in South Asia through the twentieth century. (5 credits)
  • JSIS A 510/Seminar on South Asia
  • Designed to provide each student with an opportunity to prepare a proposal for the second year thesis or exam papers through research and writing on an individual research topic. Taken in the Spring quarter of the first year. (5 credits)

Other Course Work (21 credits)

Students must complete at least 21 credits in course work from at least 2 different departments. Most of this course work should be focused primarily on South Asia, or in courses taught by South Asia Faculty on topics relevant to specializations the student has chosen. Students may take a maximum of 10 credits in courses that are not focused on South Asia, nor taught by South Asia Faculty, but help to fulfill disciplinary or professional objectives. All courses are planned with the program advisor to ensure that both individual and program goals are met.

Courses taken to fulfill this requirement should be at the 400 level or above. A minimum of 10 credits must be at the 500 level or above. Students choosing the Thesis option must take a minimum of 9 credits in JSIS 700/Masters Thesis in addition to course work requirements.

Final Papers and Oral Exam:

By the middle of their third quarter in the program (last quarter of the first year), students must select a faculty advisor and begin to form a Committee consisting of the faculty advisor and one other full-time South Asia graduate faculty member with the approval of the Graduate Program Chair and the student’s advisor. This Committee oversees one of the two following options:

Two Papers and Exam Option
Papers: Students submit to their Committee for approval two papers of at least 25 pages each. The papers can begin as a seminar paper or an Independent Study project. Preparation for at least one or these papers will normally be written for JSIS A 510.

Oral Exam: Given by members of the student's committee. The oral exam covers the student's area of concentration and program coursework, and focuses on issues that arise in relation to the student's papers. Expected focus of the oral exam should be discussed with the committee.

Thesis Option
JSIS 700/Masters Thesis:
Required for students choosing the Thesis Option
. Not required for students choosing the two papers option. (Min. 9 credits)

Thesis: Students work with their supervisory committee in submitting thesis drafts during the final year of the program. The thesis can begin as a seminar paper or an Independent Study project. Thesis proposal will normally be written for JSIS A 510. 

Oral Exam: At the end of their last quarter, students must pass a comprehensive oral examination administered by their Committee. This examination primarily focuses upon the two final papers and their relationship to subjects studied in course work.

Further details concerning procedures for completion of these requirements are provided in the program handbook or email the Graduate Program Chair, Professor Sunila Kale.

Updated 4/10/2012

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