Master of Arts (M.A.) in African-American Studies

The Master of Arts Degree in African-American Studies has a concentration in African Diaspora history. It is a cooperative program that includes other university liberal arts departments. The degree is designed for students who plan careers in teaching secondary school and community college, and in government, foreign affairs, public history, journalism, and museum or information services, and for students who contemplate pursuing further scholarly activities.

For unconditional admission, applicants must have: (1) a minimum of 18 to 24 semester hours of undergraduate history or related courses in the area of History or African Diaspora studies; and (2) not less than 3.0 in history. For conditional admission, applicants must: (1) have earned a minimum of 18-24 semester hours of undergraduate history or related courses, or must successfully take HIST 350 and other supporting undergraduate courses as needed; (2) have earned not less than a 2.5 average in History.

Candidates for the degree must complete a minimum of thirty credit hours, pass a written comprehensive examination and submit an acceptably written thesis, which must involve significant, original historical research.

Other Requirements

  • HIST 598: Historiography and Historical Methods (3 credits)
  • Common Courses in African-American, African, or African Diaspora topics offered at Morgan State: in Dept. of History, 2 from supporting departments (12 credits)
  • HIST Electives (9 credits)
  • Supervised Research or Seminar Course in History (3 credits)
  • HIST 799: Thesis Seminar (3 credits)