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Dual Master of Arts in African Studies and Master of Library Science

The African Studies Program (School of Global and International Studies) and the Department of Information and Library Science jointly offer a three-year program that qualifies students for a dual masterís degree (M.A./M.L.S.). The program responds to the growing need for librarians with Africa specific knowledge and research experience in the humanities and social sciences. The dual M.A./M.L.S. program requires completion of a minimum of 56 credit hours of graduate coursework and the two degrees must be awarded simultaneously. Students will be assigned a mentor/advisor from each unit. The studentís African Studies M.A. thesis/project committee should include a representative of the Information and Library Science faculty or other means of including perspectives of both programs.

Admissions Requirements

Same as for the School of Global and International Studies Master of Arts in African Studies degree, except that students must also apply to the masterís program of the Department of Information and Library Science and meet its established admissions criteria. Students must be accepted by both units in order to be admitted to the program.

African Studies Core Requirements

A minimum twenty-six hours of coursework distributed as follows:

  • AFRI-A731 African Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar (3 cr.)
  • AFRI-A650 Interdisciplinary Research Methods (3 cr.)
  • AFRI-A651 Independent Research/Directed Readings (3-6 cr.) toward the M.A. thesis/project
  • Elective courses organized around a topical or regional concentration to complete a minimum of twenty-six hours

Elective courses are to be selected from the range of cross-listed African Studies offerings in the College of Arts and Sciences and several professional schools, with the approval of the studentís major advisor. Electives may include three additional credits of AFRI-A731, since the topic for the African Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar changes every year and is offered by different faculty members on a rotating basis.

Information and Library Science Course Requirements

Thirty credit hours of coursework consisting of:

  • 18 credits of M.L.S. foundation courses, with Z552 Academic Library Management to fulfill the management and leadership skills requirement; must also complete the digital literacy requirement;
  • 3 credits of either Z521 Information in the Humanities or Z522 Social Science Information; and
  • 9 credits of elective courses chosen from information and library science courses. An internship related to African Studies is strongly advised.

Language Requirement

Same as for the M.A. in African Studies.

Master's Committee and Thesis or Project

Students are required to constitute a committee consisting of three persons with relevant Africa and topical expertise, including a SLIS faculty member or someone representing the SLIS perspective. Students have the option of writing a thesis or doing a project in accordance with the guidelines provided on the Master of Arts in African Studies page. There is no M.A. examination option.

The African Studies and SLIS degrees must be awarded simultaneously.

Download the University Graduate School Bulletin for 2017-2018 here.