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.


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

    1. The Political Economy of International Trade and Development Strategies in Africa and the Diaspora
    2. The Political Economy of the Urban Underclass
    3. International Capital, Macroeconomic Stabilization and Disorder
    4. Government and Politics in Latin America and the Caribbean
    5. Seminar on Slavery

B. Culture and Society: Africa and the African Diaspora

    1. Critical Literary Theory in the History of Ideas
    2. Healing Tradition in the African World
    3. Folklore in the African World
    4. The Development of African American Children in Urban and Rural Areas
    5. The Psychology of Oppression

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 – Critical Literary Theory I: Cultural Roots of AADS Literary Theory.

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 graduate coordinator:

Okey P. Akubeze
Mitchell Hall 214G
Phone: (414) 229-4155