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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Africana Studies, M.A.

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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:

  1. Although an undergraduate degree in Africana Studies is not required, applicants are expected to have taken extensive coursework in Africana Studies.
  2. Applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate grade point average.
  3. Applicants must submit a career goals statement (2-3 pages).
  4. Applicants must submit a writing sample of their previous scholarly work (10-20 pages)
  5. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation which assess the ability of the student to undertake graduate study.

Degree Requirements

In order to earn a Master of Arts degree in Africana Studies, a student must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate coursework:

Global Competency (3 Hours)

Students must complete three (3) hours of global competency by completing either

Non-Designated Africana Studies Coursework

Students non-designated Africana Studies coursework requires prior approval from the graduate director.

Must Complete at Least 6 Hours

Students must complete at least six (6) credit hours of

Thesis or Non-Thesis Option

Students will have the option of completing a thesis or non-thesis option.

Approved Thesis or Approved Non-Thesis Capstone

Students must submit an approved thesis or approved non-thesis capstone experience for a community service project or creative works.

Oral Thesis Defense

Students must satisfactorily pass an oral thesis defense.

Graduate Assistants Requirements

Graduate assistants are required to enroll for a minimum of 12 credit hours each for the fall/spring semesters and 9 credit hours for the summer semester. These credit hours will consist of courses required for the prescribed program of study, as well as additional hours of AAS 8999  and/or AAS 8980 .

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