Gain a Global Perspective on Peoples of African Descent
Curate your expertise on the cultures and histories of Africans and African Americans with a Master of Arts in Africana Studies. UAlbany was the first university to offer an Africana Studies graduate degree and remains one of the few institutions in the nation with an MA program in the field. The Africana Studies MA prepares you for many possible careers, from education to law, and for further study at the doctoral level.
Program of Study
A multi-disciplinary program, the MA in Africana Studies explores topics in politics, culture, history, and social science. Choose one of two concentrations – African Studies or African American Studies – and select from subfields such as psychology and literature to further align your program of study with your interests.
Core requirements (14 credits)
Research Seminar and Socio-Methodology for Africana Studies (8 credits)
African American Studies
- Survey of African American Literature
- Seminar in African American History
- Race Theory and Social Thought
- Problems of African Economics
- African History
- Topics in African History
- Readings in African History
- Seminar on Africa in World Politics
- African Politics
Concentration Requirements (12 credits)
Students must choose a concentration in either African or African American Studies. Each concentration will require 12 credits of coursework in the field of specialization.
Supporting Courses (6 credits)
Among electives, 3-4 credits may be taken outside of the Department.
Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination in the specific areas of Africana Studies.
GPA Degree Clearance:
A minimum of 3.0 GPA is required to obtain a Master’s Degree.
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Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.
- Africana Studies graduate students will develop proficiency in research methods.
- Students will demonstrate an interdisciplinary understanding of African and African American history, culture, politics and society.
- Students graduating with a Master’s degree in Africana Studies will be prepared for doctoral or professional studies in relevant areas.