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The Department of Africana Studies offers a vibrant and highly competitive graduate program. The department’s Master of Arts degree is designed to provide students with a rigorous interdisciplinary training in the scholarly investigation of people of African descent. The faculty and the courses of the graduate program are drawn from the department and other academic units throughout the university.
The Master of Arts degree in Africana Studies offers two areas of concentrations: the Community Empowerment track and the Culture and Aesthetics track. The Community Empowerment concentration focuses on the historical and contemporary strategies to empower people of African descent. This track exposes the student to the political, economic, and policy responses to the impediments of African and African-descendant community development. The Culture and Aesthetics concentration focuses on the understandings and the interpretations of the philosophical, literary, and artistic contributions of people of African descent.
Students are prepared to pursue a doctorate in Africana Studies or other related disciplines in the social-sciences or the humanities. The M.A. degree in Africana Studies also enhances a career in government, education, the professional fields, and the non-profit sector.
Students seeking admission to the graduate program are admitted once a year to begin in the fall semester. All application materials are due by March 15th. Applicants may obtain additional information about the Department of Africana Studies by contacting the Director of Graduate Studies at the addresses above.
Additional Admission Requirements
In addition to the general admission requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Africana Studies has the following admission requirements:
- Although an undergraduate degree in Africana Studies is not required, applicants are expected to have taken extensive coursework in Africana Studies.
- Applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate grade point average.
- Applicants must submit a career goals statement (2-3 pages).
- Applicants must submit a writing sample of their previous scholarly work (10-20 pages)
- Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation which assess the ability of the student to undertake graduate study.