What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

A minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework is required.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: March 15
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

African American Studies, M.A.

Graduate students who want to engage in the interdisciplinary study of Black people in the United States, Africa and in the African diaspora will work closely with our faculty in this program.

Our faculty have expertise in the domestic and global study of race and Blackness in the traditional disciplines of African-American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Work and Public Health. There are few departments or programs that match our strengths in:

  • Scholar-activism
  • Diasporic studies in Black popular and mass culture
  • Culturally relevant pedagogy
  • Community empowerment
  • Gender, sexuality and social relationships

While we have particular emphasis on Social Justice and Community Responsibility in the United States, we support and encourage the study and liberation of Black people everywhere in the world.

African-American Studies offers a master’s degree with competitive funding, which includes a tuition waiver and moderate stipend.

African American Studies, M.A.

Graduate students who want to engage in the interdisciplinary study of Black people in the United States, Africa and in the African diaspora will work closely with our faculty in this program.

Our faculty have expertise in the domestic and global study of race and Blackness in the traditional disciplines of African-American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Work and Public Health. There are few departments or programs that match our strengths in:

  • Scholar-activism
  • Diasporic studies in Black popular and mass culture
  • Culturally relevant pedagogy
  • Community empowerment
  • Gender, sexuality and social relationships

While we have particular emphasis on Social Justice and Community Responsibility in the United States, we support and encourage the study and liberation of Black people everywhere in the world.

African-American Studies offers a master’s degree with competitive funding, which includes a tuition waiver and moderate stipend.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

A minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework is required.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: March 15
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Program Highlights

Our urban location and the dynamic agenda of our faculty elevates our ability to explore issues relevant to the Atlanta community, the southeast region of the United States and the African diaspora.

Faculty publications and scholarship are producing tremendous impacts on the field. These include Dr. Akinyele Umojas’s publications, including “We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement” and the “Encyclopedia of African American Studies,” Dr. Maurice Hobsons’s book, “The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta” and the upcoming release of Dr. Lia Bascombs’s upcoming book, “In Plenty and in Time of Need: Popular Culture and the Remapping of Barbadian Identity.”

Faculty member Dr. Maurice Hobson discusses why Atlanta is unique in the history of Civil Rights in the United States. Watch here:

Careers

The M.A. in African-American Studies rests upon a broad field of study of the experiences of Black people and all people of African descent. The curriculum of African-American Studies is interdisciplinary and examines the Black experience through a culturally relevant and social justice perspective in the social sciences and humanities. As a result, students are prepared for an array of career choices.

Program Details

  • A Statement of Purpose/ Personal Statement
  • A writing sample
  • Three letters of recommendation on letterhead
  • A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Cost to apply is $50
  • The deadline to apply for fall term is March 15

As an interdisciplinary field of concentration, African American Studies (AAS) offers critiques of knowledge presented in traditional disciplines and professions, scholarly and artistic accounts of realities of the lives of African-Americans and perspectives on social change. AAS provides students with the intellectual origins, concepts, research, tools and models of the discipline.  The department also provides the knowledge and skills necessary for the study of group cultures and a curriculum that contributes to the goals of multicultural education.  Faculty and courses are drawn from the department and from other departments and programs in the university.

The M.A. in African-American Studies AAS) requires 36 semester hours of graduate course work, 18 hours of which are required (AAS 6000, AAS 6005, AAS 6007, AAS 6010, AAS 6012 and AAS 6020) and 12 hours of which may be taken from AAS courses or from approved courses in other departments.

Students holding graduate assistantships may be required to carry more hours (non-thesis hours), although this requirement does not alter the number of hours required to complete the master’s degree program.

The Department of African-American Studies awards a small number of graduate assistantships (GAs) each year.

There are two types: GRA (graduate research assistant) and WAC (writing across the curriculum consultants).  Students holding GRAs work with faculty members on research projects or classroom-related activities. Some GRAs may be assigned to the department and will assist with clerical and creative needs of the department.

Students holding work with faculty teaching writing intensive courses will assist faculty with reviewing and assessing written assignments as well as instructing students with rewrites. Students receiving WACs must participate in a one-time WAC training session the summer prior to the fall term. Unlike GRAs, WACs may be for one semester only and carry a variable stipend and tuition waiver.

Description

Contacts

Sarita K. Davis, Ph.D., MSW
Graduate Director
404-413-5134
saritadavis@gsu.edu

African American Studies
1 Park Place
Suite 962
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

College of Arts & Sciences
25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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