This interdisciplinary program is designed to give graduates an understanding of the African and African diasporic experiences in both local and global contexts and incorporate culturally distinct perspectives in analysis of social and cultural phenomena. Upon completion of the program graduates will be able to analyze and compare knowledge systems and practices within African and African diasporic populations. MA graduates will gain skills in critiquing policies with respect to impacts upon communities of African descent both currently and in historical contexts. The MA will teach students to reflect upon and apply awareness of African and African diasporic experiences and theory to individual professional practices, communications, and interactions. Furthermore, MA graduates will gain quantitative and qualitative methodological skills for identifying and examining challenges affecting people of African descent as well as strengths and resources within African and African diasporic communities. Finally, students will utilize theoretical frameworks from Black Studies to design research-based strategies, programs, and recommendations to address challenges affecting people of African descent.

Advising
Name Title
Nolan Kopkin: kopkin@uwm.edu Graduate Advisor
Gladys Mitchell-Walthour: mitchelg@uwm.edu Department Chair
 

Admission Requirements 

Application Deadlines

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Credits and Courses

The MA in African and African Diaspora Studies is designed to be completed in two years and consists of 30 graduate-course credits. These 30 credits comprise 24 credit hours of advanced coursework, followed by 6 credit hours of thesis or project work. At least 15 credits of overall coursework must be taken at the 700 level or above.

Core Coursework12
Foundations and Theories in African & African Diaspora Studies
Theories and Methods in Empirical Research in African & African Diaspora Studies
Classic Works: Intellectual Production in Africa and the Diaspora I
Black Literary Theory and Cultural Studies
Additional Coursework12
Complete 12 credits from the following list:
Urban Violence
African Religious Thought and Social Organizations
African American Urban History
Black Workers in the 21st Century
Order and Disorder: The Quest for Social Justice
Africa/China Relations
Economic Problems of Black Business
Economic Growth and Sustainable Development in Africa
Global Black Social Movements
The Black Family
Cultural Transmissions: Black Africa and Black America
Rites of Passage in Black Societies
Study Abroad:
Raising Children, 'Race-ing' Children
Selected Texts/Topics in African & African Diaspora Studies:
Classic Works: Intellectual Production in Africa and the Diaspora II
Critical Literary Theory II: Modern Concepts in the African World
Graduate Independent Study
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in African & African Diaspora Studies
Qualitative Interviewing and Grounded Theory
Political Economy: Conceptual
Public Policies, Development, and Underdevelopment in Africa & the Diaspora
Political Economy of Development in African Countries
Political Economy of Development in African Countries II
Race Matters: Government and Politics in Latin America and the Caribbean
Political Economy of Income and Wealth Inequality
Race and Inequality
Seminar on Slavery
Comparative Social Institutions in African World Communities
Memory and Tradition: Identity-Making and Memory in the African Diaspora
Healing Traditions in the African Diaspora
Race/Ethnicity and the Psychology of Oppression
African-American Literary Theory and Criticism
Folklore in the African World:
Development of African-American Children in Urban and Rural Areas
The Quest for Pan-Africanism
Black Power Reconsidered
Problems in African American Urban History
Black Intellectuals and the Public Sphere
Seminar on Issues in African & African Diaspora Studies:
Thesis Research or Project6
Total Credits30

Additional Requirements

Major Professor as Advisor

The student must have a major professor to advise and supervise the student’s studies as specified in Graduate School regulations. The Graduate Committee assigns a faculty advisor as a necessary prerequisite to admission.

Time Limit

Student must complete all degree requirements within five years of initial enrollment. It is expected that a full-time student will normally complete all of the requirements for the degree within two years.

Exit Requirement

Thesis

Students must prepare and defend a formal thesis reporting the results of their research.

Project

Students will, in consultation with their major professor, develop a significant research project, rather than a formal thesis as would be appropriate for a student continuing on to a PhD.

Comprehensive Exam

Students may choose to take the comprehensive exam as an option for attaining the exit requirement for an MA degree. Students seeking the option of using the Comprehensive Exam for the MA exit requirement are still required to fulfill the remaining six credits from graduate courses in African and African Diaspora Studies instead of the thesis or project credits.