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Master of Liberal Arts in Africana Studies

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Graduate Study

The Department of Africana Studies offers numerous opportunities for graduate study at the University of South Florida.  These include the Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) with a concentration in Africana Studies, Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies, Graduate Certificate in Genocide and Human Rights, and Graduate Certificate in Diasporas and Health Disparities.

  • Master of Liberal Arts

The Master of Liberal Arts (Africana Studies) is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the study of African, African American, Afro-Caribbean and other African Diasporan history, culture, and society.  Students are required to complete 33 hours of graduate study, including the completion of five core courses (15 hours), five electives (15 hours), and a thesis or internship as their final project.

Required Courses (15 Hours):
HUM 6815 – Research Seminar
AFA 6120 – Social Theory and Social Thought
AFA 6207 – African American Historiography
AFA 6355 – African American Community Research
AFA 6805 – African Historiography
*Students must earn a “B” or higher (3.0) in all core courses or they will be required to retake the course.

Electives (15 Hours):
Students must complete 15 additional hours in approved graduate electives.  These may include additional courses within Africana Studies or outside of the department.  Students may also choose to complete a graduate certificate as the basis of their elective work.

Approved Electives:
AFA 6108 – Social Construction of Race and Racism
AFA 6387 – Seminar on Genocide and Human Rights
AFA 6390 – Global Challenges of Diversity
AFA 6905 – Independent Study
AFA 6910 – Directed Research
AFA 6932 – Special Topics
*Additional external electives may be chosen in consultation with the Graduate Director

Thesis/Internship (3 Hours):
Students must complete a thesis or internship as part of their graduate program.  Students will make this choice at the end of their first year of study.  Thesis students must register for no less than three thesis hours (AFA 6971).  Internship students must register for no less than three hours of internship (AFA 6945).

Comprehensive Exam
Internship students must successfully pass a comprehensive exam.  The successful oral defense of the thesis equates to the comprehensive exam for thesis students.  *Any student who initially chooses the thesis, but later changes to an Internship (which will only be approved with extenuating circumstances) must complete comprehensive exams.
 

  • Admissions
    • MLA Admissions Requirements: 
      • A bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university or college.
      • Upper division undergraduate GPA of 3.00
      • Applicants are required to take the GRE as part of the application process and matter of record, though no minimum score is required.
    • MLA Application Process:
      • Students must complete the general USF Graduate Application (http://www.grad.usf.edu/graduate-admissions.asp), including the $30 non-refundable application fee.
      • Students must submit two official transcripts of prior undergraduate and graduate work directly to the Graduate School.
      • Students must submit official GRE scores directly to the Graduate School.
      • Three letter of recommendation sent directly to the Graduate Director in Africana Studies.
      • Current CV/Resume sent directly to the Graduate Director in Africana Studies.
      • Academic writing sample of no less than five pages sent directly to the Graduate Director in Africana Studies.  Please contact the Graduate Director for further information.
      • Statement of Purpose noting the student’s academic experience, and their interest in graduate study in Africana Studies.  This is sent directly to the Graduate Director in Africana Studies.  Please contact the Graduate Director for further information.
    • Graduate Certificate Admissions Requirements
      • A bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university or college.
      • Upper division undergraduate GPA of 3.00

 

    • Graduate Certificate Application Process
      • Visit the Graduate Certificate website to access the graduate certificate application (http://gradcerts.usf.edu/index.asp)
      • In addition, to the general application forms please submit the following items directly to the Graduate Certificate Office:
        • Official transcripts
        • Resume/CV
        • Statement of Purpose noting the student’s academic experience, and their interest in the respective graduate certificate.  Please contact the Graduate Director for further information.
        • Academic writing sample of no less than five pages.  Please contact the Graduate Director, Dr. Rodriguez, for further information.