The Department’s unique five year integrated programme, launched in 2006, leads to Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in two major streams – Development Studies and English Studies. With this programme, IITM is poised to cross a milestone in fulfilling its role in higher education in liberal arts and social sciences.
The M.A. programme reflects the multi-disciplinary nature of the fundamental concepts in humanities and social sciences. During the first two years, the students are introduced to a variety of common subjects related to all the two major disciplines. Such a curriculum aims to produce masters in Humanities and Social Sciences to cater to the growing demands of academia, government, public and private sector enterprises, NGOs, and other organisations. The programme also provides an opportunity for our students and faculty to be in close and constant touch with those of the Engineering, Sciences and Management departments.
This stream addresses questions of ‘order and change’ in a globalizing world. A multidisciplinary approach is adopted in the first two years of the programme, which sets the base for higher-level understanding. It attempts to include issues related to ‘development’ across countries over a long period of time. At present, the programme is designed to include three thematic modules on i) Gender ii) Science, Technology and Development, and iii) Urbanization.
The students for the integrated Masters program at IIT-M are selected through the Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE) conducted by IIT Madras every year in the month of May. The exam is highly competitive and only about 2 percent of the candidates taking the exam are finally selected for the course. The present intake of the MA program is 45 students per year.
Department also offers various elective courses for B.Tech and M.A. Students.