Africana Studies (MA)

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Program Description

The Africana Studies Program in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis offers a Master of Arts degree with a broad interdisciplinary curriculum in the study of Africans and Afro-descendants globally, focusing mainly in the following geographical areas: Africa, North America, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East. Students can concentrate in any one of these areas, compare and contrast between two or more areas, or take courses in all five of these areas.
The Master of Arts Program in Africana Studies prepares students interested in applying for PhD programs in history, literature, American studies, anthropology, communications, political science, sociology, economics and cinema studies, and for careers in education, cultural institutions, documentation, and public service.

Additionally, an MA can be pursued as a joint degree with either Journalism, Economics, Library Information Science, or a concentration in Museum Studies. More information about the Africana MA and joint programs can be found in the Programs in Africana Studies page.


All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit the general application requirements, which include:

See Africana Studies for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.