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.
The curriculum of the African and African Diaspora graduate program is divided into two fields of concentration: A. Political Economy and Public Policy; and B. Culture and Society: Africa and the African Diaspora. Listed below are sample titles of courses from each of the fields.
A. Political Economy and Public Policy
- The Political Economy of International Trade and Development Strategies in Africa and the Diaspora
- The Political Economy of the Urban Underclass
- International Capital, Macroeconomic Stabilization and Disorder
- Government and Politics in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Seminar on Slavery
B. Culture and Society: Africa and the African Diaspora
- Critical Literary Theory in the History of Ideas
- Healing Tradition in the African World
- Folklore in the African World
- The Development of African American Children in Urban and Rural Areas
- The Psychology of Oppression
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 – Critical Literary Theory I: Cultural Roots of AADS Literary Theory.
In the second year, students are required to complete 12 credits as follows;
- 6 credits must be from the department’s graduate courses
- 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 graduate coordinator:
Okey P. Akubeze
Mitchell Hall 214G
Phone: (414) 229-4155