MA Requirements


There are two parts to the Master’s (MA) degree in African and African Diaspora Studies: coursework and thesis (paper). The MA program in AADS is designed to be completed in two years for full-time students. Students are required to complete a total of 30 credits — 24 credits of coursework and 6 for thesis research/paper.

At least 15 credits of overall coursework must be taken at the 700 level or above

 Examples of 700-800 Level DAADS Course Offerings
AFRIC 708 Black Literary Theory and Cultural Studies
AFRIC 816 The Political Economy of Development in African Countries
AFRIC 818 Race Matters: Government and Politics in Latin America and the Caribbean
AFRIC 820 Political Economy of Income and Wealth Inequality
AFRIC 834 Seminar on Slavery
AFRIC 840 Healing Tradition in the African World
AFRIC 845 Race Ethnicity and the Psychology of Oppression
AFRIC 852 Folklore in the African Word
AFRIC 862 The Development of African American Children in Urban and Rural Areas

To see a complete listing of DAADS graduate course offerings, please visit

Required Coursework

In the first-year full-time students are required to complete 12 credits of the forms of reasoning courses. These are:

  • AFRIC 700 – Foundations and Theories in AADS
  • AFRIC 701 – Theories and Methods in Empirical Research in AADS
  • AFRIC 705 – Class Works: Intellectual Production in Africa
  • AFRIC 708 – Black Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

In the second year, students are required to complete 12 credits as follows;

  1. 6 credits must be from the department’s graduate courses
  2. Up to 6 approved credits can be taken from other departments

Upon completion of this coursework, or beginning the summer after the second year of coursework, students will undertake a 6 credit Master’s Thesis.

For more information please contact the AADS Graduate Coordinator:

Dr. Nolan Kopkin